Automating data collection to increase warehouse productivity and improve accuracy
Vero utilises automatic data capture and identification (AIDC) to track the movement of pallets and inventory without having to scan barcodes. This effectively minimises the manual process of data collection, saving time, eliminating the potential for errors and improving accuracy.
Vero’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 should allow the movement and storage of products and pallets, and the number and operation of MHE, to be cost-optimised.
Why choose automatic pallet scanning
Although scanning a barcode is not a significant operation, the process required to carry out the scan can be time consuming and prone to error. Typically, a 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 takes 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.
Automating the simple process of bar code scanning eliminates all of these problems and delivers an immediate gain in productivity and data accuracy.
The Vero system
Vero uses optical tracking technology to locate the position of each unit of 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 Vero.
This effectively determines the exact place a load or pallet was picked up and dropped. Identifying exactly what has been moved can be achieved by use a low cost passive RFID tag and a reader on the MHE, modifying the pallet label and barcode to include a 2D barcode, which can be read automatically by a camera on the MHE, or tracking by location.
The benefits of Vero
Vero delivers a wide range of benefits. These include:
- Time saving – approximately 1 hour per 250 pallets moved
- Elimination of data errors
- Increased inventory accuracy, with reduced inventory reconciliation efforts.
- Data is recorded and can be reported on and analysed for tracking and continuous improvement purposes.