Warehouse plays a vital role in the manufacturing and distributing goods from raw material to manufacturer and finally to the end-user. Optimizing warehouse material management will make an impact on productivity, quality, and on-time delivery. My thesis focuses on material management of surface mount (SMT) from suppliers, receiving and inspection, and warehouse to maximize efficiency. With SMT line costing over 2 million, the warehouse material management is improved. Things like cycle count and picking material are much faster. It makes the overall equipment efficiency (OEE) very low. To make this material management process possible, manufacturers must embrace Six Sigma and Lean methodology and improve the processes. The old way of managing SMT material has been outdated for many years. Since the evolution of intelligent storage in the 21st century is taking shape, it can handle material better and provide maximum utilization of the machines for better OEE.


Kuldeep Agarwal

Committee Member

Shaheen Ahmed

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Automotive and Manufacturing Engineering Technology


Science, Engineering and Technology

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