ARMY SUPPLY MANAGEMENT TOOL ELEVATES DEPOT’S EFFICIENCY
By Dorie HeyerSeptember 24, 2020
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (September 18, 2020) - A team comprised of data managers, IT integrators, system developers and logistic professionals at Letterkenny Army Depot (LEAD) in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, have developed a propriety warehouse management application that increases the efficiencies of manpower allocation across the depot to satisfy program supply operations. The Automated Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) Hive Application launched September 16, 2020.The application provides users a visual depiction of centralized workload demands, allowing workers to evaluate discrepancies and level workload amongst all areas real time. “The ASRS Hive application provides a synergy to our workforce,” said David Pollock, deputy director in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation (DS&T), LEAD. “This will equip our professionals with the proper tools and increase efficiency throughout the workforce.” The application was developed in a collaboration between logistic professionals in the Directorate of Supply and Transportation and system developers, data managers and IT integrators in the Directorate of Information Management at LEAD.“This was a great collaboration between our Letterkenny Business Intelligence Data (LBID) team and the DS&T logistics team,” said Jeremy Crouse, IT planner/integrator and team lead of the applications division in the Directorate of Information Management (DOIM) at LEAD. “Our communication and teamwork helped to elevate our own capabilities and set a new standard for the DOIM’s development efforts.” In January of 2020, members from DOIM met with the team in DS&T to gather initial requirements. Initially, the focus was on manpower justification, but as development continued, data managers in DOIM recognized that the application could also gain data from the current SEER system, therefore provide more effective reporting and daily management. The application visualizes metrics such as queued, completed and predicted workload and enables users to oversee operations live. “It completely restructures daily operations,” said Pollock. “I can now address issues in real-time, which has enhanced communication exponentially.”The overarching goal of the application is to provide a solution to effectively manage ASRS systems, and the team at LEAD aims to share the tool with other Organic Industrial Base (OIB) sites across the Department of Defense. “This application has been such a game changer to operations at LEAD, and we really see it as an enterprise solution,” said Crouse. “We will be sharing it with all of our sister depots across the OIB knowing that this will increase their capabilities as it has ours.”###Letterkenny Army Depot is the Army’s premier professional organic maintenance facility that provides overhaul, repair and modifications for tactical missile air defense and space systems, electric power generation equipment and various military vehicles, support systems and protection programs. Letterkenny Army Depot was established in 1942 and is a government-owned and operated industrial installation located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.