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Logistics Business Case Games for RFID-enabled supply chains


Abstract

Logistics and supply chain management enabling technologies are developing very rapidly. In order for students to be recruited under the forthcoming 4-years new curriculum to gain solid knowledge in the field, it is timely and necessary to introduce new facilities. The aim of this TDG proposal is to integrate RFID-enabled hardware and software facilities recently being developed for real-time logistics and supply chain management within the Department through near-life business cases. They will be delivered in the form of packaged business games ready for teaching, demonstration and hand-on training. The business case game will serve several objectives: (1) To enable students to appreciate and understand the complexity of Supply Chain Management in terms of material and information flows; (2) To demonstrate how enterprises at different layers (retailers at the downstream, distribution center/warehouse at the midstream, and manufacturers at the upstream) of a supply chain make their decisions and interact with each other; (3) To demonstrate how global supply chain works and where SMEs can be integrated into the chain, and how SMEs equip themselves with latest wireless technologies such as RFID, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to empower the global supply chain.

Principal Investigator

Professor G.Q. Huang, Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

August 2012

Deliverables (HKU Portal Login Required)

  • A set of RFID-enabled hardware for major part of a supply chain (manufacturing, warehousing, retail and transportation)
  • A set of decision support systems for major part of a supply chain (manufacturing, warehousing, retail and transportation)
  • Case materials for demonstrating RFID-enabled real-time supply chain management
  • Publications:
    • Zhong, R. Y., & Huang, G. Q. (2013). A Smart Supply Chain Environment for TELD (Teaching by Examples and Learning by Doing) Pedagogy. International Journal of Engineering Education. 30(2), 471-482.
    • Dai, Q. Y., Zhong, R. Y., Huang, G. Q., Qu, T., Zhang, T., & Luo, T. Y. (2012). Radio frequency identification-enabled real-time manufacturing execution system: a case study in an automotive part manufacturer. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing 25(1), 51-65.
    • Wang, M. L., Dai, Q. Y., Zhong, R. Y., & Huang, G. Q. (2012). RFID-enabled Real-time Mechanical Workshop Training Center. International Journal of Engineering Education 28(5), 1199-1212.
    • Wang, M. L., Qu, T., Zhong, R. Y., Dai, Q. Y., Zhang, X. W., & He, J. B. (2012). A radio frequency identification-enabled real-time manufacturing execution system for one-of-a-kind production manufacturing: a case study in mould industry. International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing 25(1), 20-34.

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