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The IoT Devices that transform Current Warehouse Technology

Imagine the day where all the daily daunting warehousing activities can be remotely coordinated comfortably in a virtual warehouse, welcome to the reality and future of warehousing operation.

In today business world time is money, organization are seeking ways to increase profitability while reducing cost, organization exploring new innovation to simplify process, optimize current warehouse operation, improved warehouse efficiency, waste elimination and maximize output with minimum input. With today IoT innovation it can help organization archived their efficiency and agility objectives, we will explore what are the IoT devices can help to transform the traditional warehousing business. With the advent of IoT, Internet connections now extend to physical objects that are not computers can sense and serve other purposes, previously none of these have traditionally been connected to the Internet they did not send, receive, process or store information.

IoT devices in receiving

Wireless readers’ in receiving dock, capture data transmitted from each pallet as it arrives through inbound gateways. This data could include information on the product such as volume and dimensions, which could then be consolidated and sent to the WMS for processing. This capability eliminates the time-consuming task of manual counting and volume scanning of pallets.

Cameras attached to the gateways could also be used for damage detection, by scanning pallets for imperfections. Once pallets are moved to the right location, tags transmit signals to the WMS to provide real-time visibility into inventory levels, thus preventing costly out-of-stock situations.
With the help of sensors warehouse manager an track If any item has been misplaced, it also can alert and monitor the condition of an item when the temperature or humidity thresholds are about to be compromised allowed staff to take corrective action.

Personal wearables devices

Productivity increases from personal wearable command tools can increase warehouse efficiencies up to 30 percent; other wearables can monitor health and stress levels of employees through fitness trackers, while GPS and beacon technology can easily locate employees and prevent them from entering a dangerous zone and better managed employee activities in warehouse.

Through the use of smart glasses or voice command devices, step-by-step picking instructions can be transmitted visually through smart glasses, while two-way audio headsets can give users real time notifications pertinent to their activities in the warehouse.

Personal wearables devices

IoT in shipping

Pallets are scanned through an outbound gateway ensure that the right items – in the right order, for delivery – are being sent. Stock levels are then updated automatically in the WMS for accurate inventory control. Automate cycle counts, replaced pen and paper spreadsheets with mobile handheld computers and tablets that provide real-time access to warehouse management systems.


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Tan Kwang Hong, DPSM
Tan Kwang Hong, DPSM
Tan Kwang Hong has substantive years of experiences in the power generation and engineering sector. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). Kwang Hong has completed the Diploma in Procurement and Supply Management (DPSM) in December 2017 at SIPMM Institute.
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