Riordan Industries is a Fortune 1000 enterprise, which is responsible for a successful subdivision known as Riordan Manufacturing. Riordan Manufacturing is leader in the field of plastic injection molding that specializes in the making of plastic bottles and unique plastic parts, fans, heart valves, and medical stents. Riordan Manufacturing can be found in various locations such as: San Jose, California, Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan, and Hangzhou, China. Riordan services an array of customers, but their largest clients include: automotive parts and aircraft manufacturers, the Department of Defense, beverage makers and bottlers, and appliance manufacturers (Apollo Group Inc., 2003, 2004).
Application of the SDLC Methodology: Riordan Manufacturing
The COO of Riordan Manufacturing, Hugh McCauley has voiced his concerns involving the current inventory and manufacturing processes throughout the organization. He would like to soon implement specific systems changes, which will improve these areas. Therefore, the company will utilize a new computer system in order to increase their efficiency. The introduction of the new computer system will be aided through the use of the SDLC process or Systems Development Life Cycle, consisting of five equally important phases: investigation, analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance and review. This process will allow for an organized approach, which will ultimately ease the transition for both management and staff. Furthermore, by utilizing SDLC, we can ensure that the system meets user requirements, is effective, and maintainable. Planning Phase
Without compromising organizational goals, the new computer system must have the ability to manage the receiving of raw materials, track the products during the manufacturing process, and account for the final inventories (Apollo Group Inc., 2003, 2004). Therefore, the use of a bar coding system will be implemented because of its ability to provide an adequate solution for a one-time upfront cost, which will consistently meet inventory and manufacturing requirements.
A bar coding system will improve the current operations of receiving raw materials, product shipping, and the manufacturing of inventory. In addition, the new system will require less manual data entry, relieve area supervisors, and simplify overall processes by promoting organization and increasing efficiency. Furthermore, a bar code scanner will greatly reduce the likelihood of human error and will require minimal training efforts for all company personnel. Current System
Currently, raw materials being received arrive by truck and an area supervisor must compare shipping documents against expected orders. This is very time-consuming and it also delays the receiving team from unloading the truck and moving the materials into the warehouse. Moreover, the inventory clerk is not given the final shipping documents until the end of the day, which creates a further delay in accounting for the merchandise received (Apollo Group Inc., 2003, 2004). Requirements
The new system would require the information to be entered in advance into the computer by the inventory clerk. The receiving area supervisor can now assist with the unloading of shipments and can handle any materials that arrive damaged. The entire receiving team will scan the products as they come off of the truck and enter into the warehouse. Any mismatched inventory will be red-flagged by the scanner and can be reviewed further by the receiving supervisor. Likewise, the new scanner will alleviate the inventory clerk from updating any systems during the final product shipping process. All documents will now be eliminated and the bar coder will be linked into the customer and billing system through precise product and material identification. The shipping...