Journal of
Engineering and Computer Innovations

  • Abbreviation: J. Eng. Comput. Innov.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6508
  • DOI: 10.5897/JECI
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 32

Full Length Research Paper

Creating E-pedigree Kanban to secure customers’ chain using multi-agent image technique

Ahmed M. Abed
  • Ahmed M. Abed
  • Industrial Engineering Department, Zagazig University, Zagazig, 44519, Egypt.
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  •  Received: 03 April 2015
  •  Accepted: 08 March 2016
  •  Published: 31 July 2016


Egypt is one of the countries mostly faced with the problem of China’s fake spare parts used in replacing original components. The spare parts components trade is close to 2.7 billion LE out of 9.3 billion LE, that is, the volume of imported spare parts in Egypt, as announced by the official speaker of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Egypt. Hence, it can be seen that China’s components adulteration problem is threatening nationally and internationally; and it is easier due to the great expansion of supply chains. Therefore, this paper aims to deliver the original parts to customers via three-bin-system (Kanban) by using e-kanban in creating e-pedigree kanban. Many aspects are discussed to control the transportation system with minimum costs. These include e-Pedigree, Databases, RFID, 2D barcodes, multi-agent systems, and the integration of these tools to develop a system to secure the importing spare parts via VSM (Value Stream Map). This paper proposed E-PKS (Electronic Pedigree Kanban System) for track and traces any products' logistic via using tracking procedures supported by image code technique. The E-PKS are joints of VSM and consist of two phases: the first control the VSM in different agents and the second phase focuses on the development of the 2D BC of the product to guarantee right channel to customers by using the proposed image code technique.


Key words: China items adulteration, supply chain, multi-agent systems, E-Kanban, e-pedigree.