In most warehouses the outbound pallet shipping process remains highly manual and labor intensive. Prior to shipping, associates examine all visible pallet faces, packages and scan outgoing label barcodes. The pallet is also usually dimensioned, weighed and inspected for damage, which is also time consuming. This process can take 3-5 minutes (or longer) per pallet and occupies the time of both the clerk and MHE (Material Handling Equipment), in addition to taking up valuable space in the shipping docks. Major 3PLs and Brands have reduced the time, labor, and effort involved in shipping by deploying automated vision solutions from Vimaan.
Vimaan’s DockTrack Pallet solution completely automates, streamlines and digitizes the outbound pallet shipping process. This reduces labor and MHE requirements, reduces clutter and real estate usage at the shipping gate, and provides extensive searchable data that can be used for subsequent dispute resolution or analytics. Vimaan sensors automatically read pallet labels from all five visible sides of a pallet, inspect for damage and even measure package dimensions – all from simply driving or walking through an outbound “gate”.
Vimaan automates the outbound pallet shipping process using a combination of sensors, cameras and proprietary computer vision and machine learning technology. The solution comprises two components:
How Pallet Shipping Automation Works
During the automated shipping process, Vimaan PickTRACK sensors automatically detect when drivers approach and pick up outgoing pallets. The front face of the pallet is scanned automatically, once the driver starts to drive through the DockTRACK Pallet “gate” the sensors automatically detect the presence of the pallet and then proceeds to capture and read attached labels. Vimaan’s proprietary computer vision and machine learning software collates data collected from the sensors and cameras to extract label information, dimensions, and examines for damage, and other anomalies.
If there are errors in the shipment, the driver is notified through a beacon – which allows him to fix an error prior to loading the pallet in the outbound truck. Images of the pallet and the labels are captured for every outgoing pallet,and can be easily searched and retrieved through Vimaan’s easy to use ViewDeck application.
It is important to note that NO change to the normal shipping workflow is required. If shipping is done on an MHE, the driver simply picks up the pallet and drives through the gate. If shipping is done with electronic pallet jacks, the associate simply picks up the pallet and walks through the gate.
Pallet Shipping Capabilities and Metrics
Multi Case Label Reading and Association
This enables significant cost savings through lower labor requirements, while making the process of pallet shipping faster with higher quality results. Using Vimaan’s solutions, process times can improve from ONE pallet every THREE minutes (or longer) to THREE pallets (or more) every minute! This includes the automation of 5-sided pallet capture, 1D/2D barcode reading, label text reading, damage detection, dimensioning, WMS (Warehouse Management System) validation, and image capture and archiving.
Inventory accuracy is a challenge in almost every warehouse we walk into, and the reasons behind the inaccuracies vary. Understanding the truth behind your inventory involves not just cycle counting of stored inventory, but also accurate tracking of inventory movement starting with inbound pallet receiving to outbound shipping all while reconciling it in near real time against your WMS.
Warehouse inventory tracking with Vimaan delivers the truth from your floor to your WMS, providing the most precise inventory management accuracy possible.