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Key Technologies for a Smart Warehouse

Key technology for a smart warehouse is rapidly advancing. Warehouses must be equipped with the technology that enables them to meet the demands of manufacturing and customers. For greater production, efficiency, and accuracy, a sensible warehouse has to be automated. Technologies are used to give flexibility, capability to the personnel and their operations. Several technologies should be included in the smart warehouse such as Internet of things (IoT)technology, blockchain technology, robotics and automation, artificial intelligence (AI) technology, automated guided vehicle (AGV), drone RFID technology, mobile and wearable technology, and automatic storage retrieval system (ASRS). This article discusses smart technologies that will improve the warehouse operations for organizations.

Internet of Things (IoT) Technology

IoT is usually referred to as technology in the warehouse business for operation functions by three levels such hardware infrastructure, data interchange processing, and software layer. The smart warehouse may use the IoT technology to track and manage commodities in real-time. Real-time knowledge regarding a shipment’s physical state is of significant value, as is optimization potential. Companies may use IoT systems to monitor items in real-time, ensuring arrive when and where they should. Data processing and IoT computing capacity have been relocated closer to the network edges. With cloud-based services accessible, it is vital to acquire, explore, and act on data. Human inventory activities can be eliminated by integrating IoT and robotic process automation (RPA).

Robotics and Automation

Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with the design, building, operation, and use of robots that may be programmed to perform specified tasks. Humans can be replaced by advanced robots that safely execute monotonous activities. It’s is also be used on behalf of someone in a potentially harmful situation. Advantage automation operations systems require minimal to no human intervention. The first step toward warehouse automation is to invest in these two technologies. The warehouse industry recognizes operations are redundant, process-oriented, and error-prone. Some repetitive manual operations can be automated for more consistent, accurate, and effective warehouse operations. Such activities include receiving, picking and storage.


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Mohanthas AL Nadaraja, DLSM
Mohanthas A/L Nadarajahas substantive experiences in the field of warehousing and logistics, as a materials specialist and specifically in the oil and gas industry. Mohan is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). He completed the Diploma in Logistics and Supply Management (DLSM) in December 2021 at SIPMM Institute.
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