This pandemic has accelerated adoption of Pick-by-Vision and that 5G was an inevitable part of the modernization journey, noting that, “With data speeds slated to be 25 times faster than today’s 4G networks and lag reduced to virtually zero, 5G appears to promise unending opportunities to strengthen connectivity and digitization — both within factories’ four walls, and beyond them at every step along the entire value chain.”
More than half of all distribution centres are still using paper to pick, pack, and ship. The results from this archaic approach are high levels of mis-picks, mis-packs, and mis-ships. Enter 5G. 5G networks offer paper-based, antiquated distribution centres (DCs) the opportunity to build smart facilities and create new revenue streams.
“With the pick-by-vision solution, we have seen significant productivity improvements in our warehouse picking processes,” says Larry Olson, director of global business technology solutions. “The simplified visual guidance for users also saves us up to 60% of our training time and has helped improve our overall outbound order accuracy.”
Formed 30 years ago as the logistics arm of one of the world’s largest construction equipment manufacturers, Neovia Logistics is now a leading third-party logistics (3PL) provider. At its warehouse in Greenwood, Ind., the company has increased work efficiency by 15% after implementing smart glasses for order picking.
The data suggests exponential growth with smart glasses through 2025. Apart from automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) and autonomous mobile robots (AMR), LogisticsIQ’s research pointed to technology innovations like Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS), Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs – working with other navigation methods like optical tapes and sensors), and Picking Systems (Pick-by-Vision) to make warehouses more effective to meet customer expectations of same day delivery.
Smart glasses result in a much faster and more reliable material flow. Unlike pick-to-light and voice picking, Pick-by-Vision forms a perfect symbiosis of modern technology and natural motion. Smart glasses and complementary products are tailor-made for the demands of man and machine. At a time of COVID-19, mandate social distancing and new return-to-work strategies are essential, these technologies form an efficient and flawless material flow. Workers appreciate returning to a safe work environment and their employers who have considered safety.
CF: The main drivers for IoT deployment are improved efficiency, cost savings, product quality, and customer satisfaction. IoT is also opening the door to new business models and revenue streams, as companies look to evolve traditional product strategies toward a more services-led approach. This shift has quickly become even more important as companies across all industries are learning to navigate the impact of COVID-19.