Warehouse Technology

The manufacturing and supply chain departments in every industry are demonstrating agility by incorporating technology. However, warehouses are not as rapidly evolving as other departments. Researchers are striving for decades to integrate innovative solutions which can optimize warehouse management. Fortunately, they have been able to make some significant breakthroughs which are revolutionizing warehouse technology.

Warehouse leaders have developed many approaches including, but not limited to cross docking and drop shipping to increase efficiency. Lack of technological integration was a substantial obstacle in the streamlining of products’ distribution. In fact, it is still a problem since most of the warehouse managers are unaware of tech developments. The experience of IoT and AI integration is already proving remarkable. Now, Augmented Reality is also making impressive gains.

The AR is evolving warehouses is a number of ways.

1. Monitoring Site from Remote Location

The owners of traditional warehouse businesses have to hire multiple executives to look after stores in various locations. Ensuring the smooth running of operations when the owners are away is another concern. This problem does not only keep the costs higher but also distracts owners from working on business growth and outreach.

Smart warehouse technology, including AR glasses and headgears, is redefining the practice of warehouse monitoring. These devices along with other technologies drastically reduce the requirement for a higher number of employees. Warehouses of some of the top manufacturing companies have successfully experimented Google AR. These companies also include Volkswagen and General Electric. Moreover, the decreasing costs of these devices are also pushing small enterprises to incorporate them.

Google Enterprise Edition glasses are taking the Augmented Reality experience at a new level. It is enabling the users to use glasses as one would use laptop or mobile. This practice, called ubiquitous computing, is a giant leap in attaining singularity of computational devices. In essence, one would no longer need to keep multiple devices for a variety of tasks.

2. Inventory Item Navigation

Senior management staff members are not the only ones who can benefit from AR. Inventory workers can find the precise locations of items without maintaining registers. Management can customize AR software to fulfill organizational needs. For instance, the devices can also alarm managers when an item is falling short.

There are multiple ways to integrate AR navigation in a wearable or handheld device. The workers should be able to either search for an item through voice command or type the name. In response, the device should not only share the location of the item but also navigate the worker toward it. Software should be intelligent enough to predict the correct item if the accent for VC is unusual or spellings are incorrect.

3. Thermostat and Electricity Controls

Controlling temperature and electric appliances in a warehouse is a significant yet often neglected challenge. A small mistake can lead to dire consequences. Apart from warehouse, these controls are also challenging in supply chain vehicles.

Incorporating IoT and AR for controlling and monitoring these systems brings a remarkable optimization in business operations. IoT enables smart devices to control appliances including temperature controlling mechanism. Thus, an employee can reorder the temperature and switch the states of electric machines using this new warehouse technology. The device should ping the authorized body when part of inventory stock faces temperature malfunction. Each value of the metrics is visible to authorities via AR apps.

4. Barcode Detection and Database Connectivity

Barcode readers are a usual part of warehouse. Although these readers are capable of verifying codes, yet they are not able to pull data and compare it with inventory database. An app should identify a Barcode or RFID tag and compare it with the existing warehouse items. Consequently, the warehouse should update the relevant inventory stock with the number arriving or outgoing items. Such warehouse management system technology is capable of streamlining the warehouse and supply chain operations.

The AR integration in handheld, wearable or other stationary devices ensures elimination of human involvement in inventory items verification.

5. Security with Face Recognition

Despite extensive checks and regulations, supply chain operations are often marred with inefficiencies. For instance, the most common protocols of delivery include recognizing the receiving agent either through signature or picture. If a delivery agent delivers stock to distributors or retailers and gets the signature of receiving individual, warehouse database may not recognize receiving person.

Face recognition is the most effective solution to eliminate such problems. Machine Learning enables these software systems to verify the identity of person with pattern recognition algorithms. These algorithms are capable of recognizing individuals even if the details including facial hair vary from the database picture.

Software creates bounding boxes to tell apart various objects. To identify specific person, algorithms have to be further trained to determine coordinates of facial details. Examples include the length and width of eyes and depth perception of chin.

6. Interior Design for Customers

Some B2C enterprises selling products including home appliances, furniture, and interior decoration items can boost their customer outreach with AR. For instance, customers can map a painting or another suspension material on to different walls in homes. The object will only be hanging in an augmented environment. In essence, it will appear suspended on wall while observing mobile screen. This latest warehouse technology allows customers to choose from a range of options in inventory.

The famous technology festivals are decent sources to find out the ongoing trends. The recent Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada is one such example. The warehouse businesspersons and aspiring entrepreneurs can find a range of ideas to strengthen their business with technology integration. LetsPlott can be a case study to introduce AR interior design app.

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Many traditional warehouse businesses continue old-school practices. These businesses are living dangerously because the wise business owners are incorporating AR technology to outperform competitors. Moreover, AR software in smartphone application is a cost-effective solution. The warehouses can significantly reduce the amount of resources spent in the absence of this technology.

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