Cominco's computerized inventory control system

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 75, No. 843, 1982

K.B. HUSTWICK Supervisor, Materials Management, and J.W. MERKLEY, Supervisor, Business Systems, D.P.S. Group, Com

The authors describe the use of a computer system for the control of warehouse inventory at Cominco's Canadian operations. The challenge presented by the company's diverse products and various locations necessitated a practical approach to operational and manpower requirements. The utilization of modern forecasting techniques, manual intervention and exception reporting provides system flexibility. The system also provides both operational and management control to set required service goals at the lowest inventory levels for inventory management.
Keywords: Mine support, Inventory control, Computers, Cominco Ltd., Data processing, Forecasting, Monitoring, Purchase orders.