The Defense Logistics Agency has embarked on an effort to modernize operations at its Eastern Distribution Center in Susquehanna, Pa., DLA said Wednesday. The agency anticipates the modernization project will cost around $107 million with a return on investment within four years. Pilot projects such as the unmanned automated guided vehicle have been deployed to the EDC to help move material between locations.
“We are very excited about the future of the EDC and will be looking to replicate some of these same technologies across the Distribution network where it makes sense,” said Paul Abel, J4 director. DLA noted that funding for the program has been approved and acquisition planning is underway.
Other planned pilot modernization initiatives include the use of automated technology, robotics, drones and materiel handling equipment. DLA is also planning to deploy video-based utilization, digital planography, slotting and pick sequencing to establish partnerships with industry for innovative efforts.
Previously, DLA has implemented new capabilities such as automated weigh and offer stations, AGV/VGV pilots, real-time location, yard management systems and pushback racking at its distribution locations in Korea and Corpus Christi, Texas.