Although scanning a barcode is not a significant operation, the process required to carry out a scan in a warehouse can be time consuming and prone to error. Typically, a forklift driver will have to manoeuvre their truck into a position where they can scan the barcode and then reposition it to pick up the load.
Process times for this cycle are between 10 and 20 seconds for each pallet move – or a full day of wasted time for every 2,000 pallets moved. Additionally, manual scanning is prone to error; this results in inventory inaccuracies which require remedial action, wasting further time. This can be as simple as spending time searching for an item or as engrained as cycle counting, stock checking and dispatch checking.
Time saving – approximately 1 hour per 250 pallets moved
Elimination of data errors
Increased inventory accuracy, with reduced inventory reconciliation efforts
As with all of the Vero solutions data is recorded and can be reported on and analysed for tracking and continuous improvement purposes
Move your assets faster
Automating the simple process of barcode scanning eliminates all problems associated with manual scanning and delivers an immediate gain in productivity and data accuracy.
VeroTrack combines Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) with Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) to track the movement of pallets, stock and inventory without having to scan barcodes. This minimises the manual process of data collection, saving time, eliminating the potential for errors and improving accuracy.
VeroTrack’s comprehensive reporting and analysis tools enable warehouse and logistics managers to develop effective operational strategies for inventory as well as MHE, based on real time and historical data. In turn, this allows the movement and storage of products and pallets, and the number and operation of MHE, to be cost-optimised.
How Vero tracks stock, pallets and inventory
VeroTrack uses optical or wi-fi tracking technology to locate the position of each MHE and its load to within 15cm in two dimensions.
A height sensor is used to provide the third dimension, resulting in an exact three dimensional coordinate of the MHE and its load.
This coordinate is then translated into a practical location, which can be a racking slot, floor location or any other space which is defined in the Vero system.
This enables the system to automatically record the exact place a load or pallet was picked up and dropped, ensuring inventory records are accurate.
Potential savings you can achieve - example:
A medium-sized distribution centre handles an average of 1500 pallets a day, from receipt through to onward despatch. Each pallet is typically moved 4 times, firstly from the delivery vehicle or production line onto the floor, secondly from the floor into racking, then from the racking back to a marshalling point and finally onto another trailer for despatch. Replacing the manual scanning processes with automatic data capture reduces the time it takes to move each pallet by 15 seconds. This means a time saving of 1500 x 4 x 15 seconds, which equates to a total of three 8-hour shifts.
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