The Thor™ CV31 vehicle-mount computer combines the latest computing technology with a small footprint, presenting your critical supply chain workflow information where it is easily seen, within reach, but never in the way. With its 16.5 cm (6.5 in) display and 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU, the CV31 can power through complex voice, screen and scan-intensive applications with ease. Contact your Coridian representative at 952-361-9980 to learn more about this exciting new mobile computing solution.
Honeywell’s new wearable solution for the rugged enterprise class Dolphin 70e mobile device provides a hands-free computing solution. Hands-free computing opens up opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce labor costs throughout a company. Small parts picking, case picking, large package handling, sortation, and truck loading are just a few of the areas that can benefit using a hands-free computing solution. The wearable solution for the Dolphin 70e mobile device provides a new approach to enabling hands-free operations to help organizations streamline operations and improve productivity, without the cost and hassle of reengineering existing processes.
The Honeywell Dolphin 70e Wearable Solution is designed to wear for extended periods of time and be easily shared between workers. With its large display, flexible touch screen keypads, WEH 6.5 architecture, and support for tethered and BT ring scanners- the Wearable Solution is ideally suited to give workers the freedom of movement to maximize workflow productivity.
Several software enhancements have been incorporated to make use as a wearable device even more user friendly. Pairing the BT ring scanners is now as easy as scanning a single barcode. APIs are available that allow voice applications to optimize voice recognition performance and the user’s audio experience. An integrated keyboard designer is included that allows creation of popup keypads that are appropriate for the operation at hand. The appropriate keypad can be invoked by the user using hot keys, by a local application using an API, or by a Telnet host using special commands to the terminal emulation SW. This provides for a context-sensitive keypad: the users see only the keys they need when they need them.
For more information, please contact Coridian at 952-361-9980/option 3.
Use bar code technology to stay competitive with Inventory Management
How well is your warehouse stocked? Purchasing agents work closely with warehouse managers to ensure that there is enough inventory in a company’s warehouse so that when an order is placed by a customer, it can always be fulfilled. However, much of the time, warehouse managers are carrying a surplus of inventory simply as a security measure to make sure that there is enough inventory. Typically, the companies that can’t provide timely and accurate information about their inventory are the ones that carry excess amounts to make sure they can fulfill order promises. As a result, warehouses are jam-packed with inventory, creating special problems. This inventory overage can cause confusion when it comes to cycle counts. Billing becomes bogged down and extra inventory creates less profit to the bottom line. But the most important issue to consider in order to run your warehouse smoothly and effectively is how competitive your operation makes your business within your industry. Businesses that have easily accessible information that is accurate and reliable earn a competitive advantage.
Bar coding systems provide users with the ultimate level of control. If you can show your customers your well-run operations, you have the opportunity to earn new business simply based on your efficient operations management. You must be able to retain information not just for your customers but for your own profitability as well.
One area of your warehouse that could prosper from introducing an automated inventory management system that integrates bar coding technology is your receiving area.
The first step is answering the following question:
What type of information do you gather when you receive an incoming shipment from another vendor or a customer?
There are various ways to implement bar coding that will allow you to record and then view the entire history of a product, case box, or pallet. An employee can not only tell where the product has been, but also understand where the product must be stored, which could include a direct delivery to the production line versus storage in the warehouse. This information is vital to reducing storage space and to saving time in warehouse and product labor, simply because the receiver knows exactly where the product must go next. In addition, the bar code may include tracking information that is invaluable if there were ever a recall for a particular part used on the product being recalled, saving thousands of dollars for the company.
Come back for PART 2 – Using bar coding for Inventory Management
Have you ever searched online for that perfect software to solve your data collection problem and found out that it doesn’t come packed up in a fancy boxed solution? We have good news for you, your search may be over. Did you know that Coridian writes custom software applications in house? We listen to your perfect solution and work hard to bring it to life.
Here is a true short story about Coridian bringing Lab A’s solution to life.
Once upon a time there thrived a large research laboratory named Lab A. Lab A received many specimen samples from labs all over their city to store in their large freezers for medical studies, but when the time came for Lab A’s operators to locate the samples for use, it was difficult and time consuming to find them.
Lab A knew there had to be a better solution and so they began their search to find it. Being a customer of Coridian, they felt that talking to their sales representative was a good start. They discussed the problem with Coridian and found a simple, yet effective, solution.
The solution was to create a system that would allow the samples to be received and put away into the freezers utilizing barcoded labels and scanners, a Sample Tracking Application.
Using VB.net with an Access back end database, Coridian’s application specialist was able to create a custom program ideally suited to meet Lab A’s requirements. The Sample Tracking Application allows the operators to import the initial spreadsheet of the samples into the system, generate the required labels and then put them away using barcode scanners. This application also allows the operator to perform multiple types of transactions such as Put Away, Check Out, Check In, Move, and Transfer. Each transaction is logged into a History table that can then be used for reporting.
A handheld terminal was also utilized to allow the operators to perform the move transactions at the freezer rather than bringing the sample back to a workstation. This handheld terminal communicates in batch mode to upload lookup tables for verification prior to moving the samples as well as downloading the transactions to the PC application.
Lab A will be running more efficiently and effectively thanks to their new Sample Tracking Application.
What new custom program could you benefit from having in your workplace?
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is a “last call” for those food and beverage companies that are still relying on paper based inventory, traceability, and HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) records.
On March 24th we will be conducting a free webinar to discuss this topic and to demonstrate a cost effective solution to automate the collection of electronic records to meet the coming mandates.