Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouses, Part 3

February 1, 2016

In our last two blogs Part 1 and Part 2, we spoke about a few of the efficiencies WLAN could bring to your warehouse. Let’s look at a few more advantages of WLAN.

Quickly Ship Orders

As a manufacturing business, you must account for all items shipped from your facilities. If you’re a retail distributor, that may mean thousands of items each day to all parts of the country or even across the globe. This large volume of shipments proves very difficult when using paper-based processes, as they require clerks to record product codes and serial numbers manually as items are packed on trucks to be shipped out.

Using a wireless network makes such a task must easier because it enables the clerk to record an item’s shipment by simply scanning its bar code. After this happens, the system can create and print a shipping label that complies with customer-specific requirements. It can also identify route information for the carrier to use when specific delivery trucks are loaded.

Considerations: Coverage Issues

You’ve read the benefits of WLAN, now let’s look at some of the other considerations—namely, RF coverage issues. Metal racks and other obstacles can block wireless radio signals and cause irregular coverage. Because of this, additional access points may be needed to fully cover your warehouse(s).

To ensure your WLAN needs are fully met, perform frequent RF monitoring of all coverage areas, and take measurements where scanners will be operated. Finally, ask your clerks when and where they have problems. Remember that coverage can change as clerks edit the configuration of storage racks over time. Typically, bar code systems are transaction-oriented, and the loss of connectivity in the middle of one can cause issues. Don’t let this happen at your warehouses.

WiNG 5 Wireless LAN from Zebra Technologies, as provided by Coridian, is your answer to greater efficiencies. Let Coridian help you make the most of your wireless tech and move your business forward. Contact us today.

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