4 Technology Trends Every Manufacturer Needs to Remain Competitive

June 6, 2017

We are seeing some exciting trends in the automatic data capture space that can help your business improve productivity and profitability. Let Coridian help you explore these technologies and see how they can move your business forward.

Here are the trends:

  • Transition from 1D to 2D Scanning
  • Mobile Operating System Migration – From Windows to Android
  • Device Management
  • Printing and Supplies Optimization

Click here and complete the simple form for a link to learn more about each component in our new ebook Future Proofing your Operation


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.


Why You Should Choose WLAN for Your Warehouses, Part 2 of 3

January 8, 2016

In our last blog Part 1, we spoke about a few of the efficiencies WLAN could bring to your warehouse. Let’s dive into a few more advantages of WLAN.

Inventory Management

All companies must periodically perform the task of inventorying the items that ‘live’ in their warehouses, store shelves, libraries, equipment rooms, etc. Wireless bar code scanners can bring significant time savings and improved accuracy to these endeavors. For example, if you were inventorying hundreds of items in a large department store, using paper and a clipboard would be extremely inaccurate and inefficient.

With such an old-school way of working, the clerk would need to read the stock or part number of each item and mark the presence of this item on his/her clipboard. Can you imagine how many errors he would make? Many companies have realized 200-300 percent time savings when they’ve switched from manual-based paper systems to wireless bar code-based systems to complete their inventory tasks.

Utilizing a wireless network instead, the same clerk could scan the item’s label or bar code to record the number of items present. This way to inventory items is much easier to perform and all but eliminates human error. It also allows for the quick creation of inventory reports to show the number of items and uncover any discrepancies.

Order Fulfillment

Before he ever ships items from the warehouse to the customer, a warehouse clerk must locate and physically collect that item—a process called picking.

Using the power of WLAN for picking enhances both accuracy and efficiency of the operation—benefits which are evident because a wireless handheld data collector can provide the clerk with instructions and lead him to the item’s correct location. It also allows the clerk to account for the physical picking of the item after its bar code is scanned.

Some wireless systems can even automatically generate an optimally ordered pick list based on the clerk’s location in the warehouse. Using this sort of location-based service significantly reduces the route and length of time to pick items.

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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