Design of an IoT System for the Palletized Distribution Supply Chain with Model-Based Systems Engineering Tools

Nicolas Navarro, Laszlo Horvath, Alejandro Salado

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Abstract

In recent years, Internet-of-Things technology (IoT) has been the subject of research in diverse fields of applications. IoT plays an essential role in transitioning enterprises towards a more interconnected paradigm of manufacturing, logistics, services, and business, known as Industry 4.0. This paper presents an operational concept for a system that implements IoT technology in pallets, which are used to move products along supply chains. These sensors will help us gain insight into the conditions experienced by products and unit loads. Having this capability will allow us to obtain the information necessary for better control of product distribution along the supply chain, and to design packaging that is more efficient and effective in protecting products during distribution. In this paper, we show how Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) can be leveraged to create models that capture the required system behaviors, and we address the complexity of an IoT system within the domain of packaging and logistics applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number4
JournalSystems
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022

Keywords

  • Distribution packaging
  • Internet-of-Things
  • Logistics
  • Model-Based Requirements
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
  • Pallets
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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