VWR supplies laboratories and production sites around the world with everything they need. More than 20,000 products are stocked at the distribution centre in Leuven, Belgium, alone.
Each day, up to 4,000 shipments leave the warehouse and are delivered to customers in the manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, education and healthcare sectors across Europe.
Our warehouse staff really likes working with the smart glasses. The intralogistics processes are already faster and more efficient, and new employees can familiarize themselves with the system in no time at all.
Jonathan De Deken,
Director of VWR’s Distribution Centre in Leuven
The installation at VWR represents the first case where the Pick-by-Vision solution Picavi was connected to SAP as a standard interface without any middleware. VWR has since been using smart glasses for regular goods storage, removal and picking in Leuven.
The smart glasses are also being used for picking – when loading the shipping pallets, the material handler has both hands free and receives step-by-step instructions on the smart glasses display. Here, SAP WM sends the order to the Picavi software, upon which the material handler directly takes the best route to the storage place, registers the article with the integrated barcode scanner and then loads it onto the right pallet. The scan process confirms the ‘pick’, the data is automatically stored in the system, and SAP is updated in real time.