A two member team from IIT KGP was declared the winners of the APICS Supply chain Case competition for south and Western Asia. The American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) is one of the world’s leading professional body for end to end supply chain excellence. The members of the winning team were Roham Sewani and Rohit Sar.
The winning team from IIT Kharagpur was given a toy manufacturing company which has recently shifted to manufacturing electronic toys and its market spread out globally. The production amounts and capacities of each of each process of the manufacturing unit and also the layout of the factory, inventory distribution, inventory cycles, warehouse cost, operational expenditure, transportation, etc were som of the specifics defined by the case.
Another important fact mentioned was that the clients were not doing well in terms of demand fulfillment for the last two years and was not willing to invest any extra amount for covering up the same.
Explaining as to why the solution produced by the team was chosen as the winner, team member Rohan Sewani from the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering said, “We have given both analytical and qualitative solutions based on layout restructuring, work in progress inventory cycle revision and elimination of external warehouses decreasing the manpower and increasing the overall equipment effectiveness and yield. We showed major savings and proposed the use of the internet of things and artificial intelligence based predictive and preventive maintenance based solutions to increase the overall equipment effectiveness”.
The case had to be presented as a business case to the board of directors and a complete solution had to be presented as a package of analytical solutions and savings, future recommendation and client psychology-based marketing. The proposed solution from the winning team involved, material flow optimization, inventory optimization, overall equipment effectiveness and material yield.
The regional finals of West and South Asia had a total of eight teams from India with management students from IIM’s, IIT Delhi, NMIMS, IIT Bombay, and Delhi University. Speaking about the win Manoj Kumar Tiwari, teacher of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Dean, Planning and Co-operation, IIT Kharagpur said, “The case was on manufacturing facility layout restructuring problem. For undergraduate engineering students to achieve this feat is significant is domains of operations management.