Month: October 2020

IOT in warehouse automation

 

Digital twin - freight logistics, transportation, supply chain, warehouse optimisation

The concept of Digital Twin in logistics refers to a digital replica of potential and actual physical assets (physical twin), processes, people, places, systems, and devices that can be used for various purposes (Wiki source) in the supply chain. 

Digital twin platform – IOT in warehouse management

The advent of low cost wireless mesh infrastructure, the scope for connected devices, and machines is huge and it is said that half of the new businesses in this decade will be run by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT)

Imagine an interactive map – a replica of your warehouse of logistics yard shown on a dashboard available to you. Realtime access to the movement of forklifts, trucks, cargo, inventory, workers. Monitoring of storage environment, inspection, compliance, maintenance, and anti-theft protection technology.

In the case of warehouse logistics automation  industries, there are many assets such as warehouse space, fleet, cargo (pallet, container, parcel, bins, oil tankers) – perishable and nonperishable – high and low-value goods, life saving vaccines, food items such as fish, meat, wines, cheese, etc.. Raw materials being sent to factories, finished goods transported to distribution warehouses and retail stores.

Bonded warehouses will benefit by implementing IOT in warehouse management, so that exporter and importers will have full transparency and visibility of high-value cargo.

Implementing a Digital Twin in your warehousing & logistics  business can help to provide value-added services to your customers who are in the distribution and manufacturing industries, besides optimizing operations, improving workplace safety & productivity. Thus raising the bar of business performance and competitive advantage.

Movement of high-value cargo happening in the warehousing industry – from ports to logistics yards through multi-modal transportation – Ships, containers, multi-axle trucks, small trucks, and carrier vans for last-mile delivery.

The concept of “Digital Twin”

IOT

For all these activities to happen smoothly, there is a  need to map the physical location and transportation environment of cargo onto a digital twin – cloud-hosted software. So that 100% visibility and real-time monitoring are possible. Cargo, people, transportation equipment, workplace safety matters, compliance, inventory, e-commerce dispatches.

Digital twin smart warehouse platform brings the desired visibility to your customer, whereby that can plan their factory production or distribution activities based on accurate measurement of delivery timings provided by the logistics software. This can be achieved using IOT enabled inventory and asset tracking tags that can be deployed in indoor and outdoor units.

Digital twin in warehousing brings accountability on the way the cargo is being transported – Are they subject to undue shock, excess temperature, or other parameters that would have a negative impact on the shelf life of the product.

The location of trucks, driver behavior, fuel consumption,  tire mileage, etc contribute to reducing the cost of operations and maintenance.

Ideally, a Digital Twin ready solution would give the logistics company as well as their customers a 360-degree view of inventory, geographic location, timings, storage place & environment. IOT powered warehouse optimization solutions are also being implemented vastly these days.

Reduction of theft, abuse, lower consignment claims, and longevity of capital equipment, ane warehouse optimization will be the key benefit of implementing a Digital Twin solution. All these enablements will result in lowering the cost of transportation, empowering the customer on using self-services.

Digital twin logistics in supply chain

connected devices

Elastic logistics in the supply chain is an agile model where the ‘pull’ of consignee demand sets up lead times for deliveries and replenishment in a distribution or manufacturing environment. The idea is to react quickly before or just after the demand or supply need arises. Companies want fast go-to-market distribution with clear tracking and tracing for all moving trucks and raw materials. They want to reduce turnaround times, move more truck shipments, close down lead times, and serve the consignee faster.

Information can be delivered as alerts, notifications, daily or weekly snapshots, or analytics reports in the logistics software

Call us to know more about IOT in warehouse management and logistics optimization.

Agri production

Digitisation in agri sector

Agricultural sector reforms & digitisation

Agricultural production is the core economic sector for the majority of countries across the globe and scaling up agribusiness is the next growth frontier. Post-COVID Agri world will be forced to do things differently as the government and companies will need to review their supply chain resilience, adopt customer driven business models, food safety procedures, and safety.

Transparency and visibility in agricultural operations are very important and this is highly applicable to companies doing end-to-end handling of exporting of smart farm produce. There can be multiple actors within the agricultural supply chain starting from planning of crops to the end distribution of agricultural produce to consumers. Most often work procedures and functions within the supply chain are done manually with a lot of effort and consuming more time. Paper based data records maintained cannot fulfil connected and real-time communication between various actors that cause redundancies and delays in the supply chain process. It is the need of the hour agricultural local buying Companies should adopt supply chain digitization strategies as part of adapting to new normal.

Supply chain digitization

Stock monitoring or Inventory Management of the farm produce is very complex for most of the farm processing and export organizations. Information on the amount of stock purchased from farms, Stock transfers, and receipts between warehouses, and monitoring of inventory level at each business unit,  all need to be accessible to Managers for right-time decisions. 

During the procurement time and at each point of farm receipt, the quality of the farm produce needs to be assessed based on weight, moisture content etc.to guarantee excellent quality stock for exports. Within procurement, multiple farm purchases made by purchase officers from various locations need to be updated to stock as soon as possible so that local buying companies are confident to take new orders and smoothens the supply of farm produce. Vineyards can opt for remote monitoring solutions.

Finance is the blood of the business and tracking inflow and outflow of funds is necessary. Agriculture buying companies transfer funds to its various business units for the purchase of farm produce and for various operational expenses. These funds can again be distributed to subunits or purchase officers for the same type of expenses. But often the tracking of funds and its usage monitoring is not possible for agriculture buying companies due to ineffective systems in place. 

Multiple platforms are dependent on the transfer of funds to various units which is a hectic process. Head office and top management are always concerned about fund flow within the business and the real-time finance info is completely absent in manual processing. When it all comes to invoice preparation for the final buyer, people find it difficult to collate expenses against a particular order which takes days in invoice preparation and leads to costly mistakes.

So what can be a possible solution for agricultural local buying companies to overcome supply chain flaws? As highly recommended, an effective supply chain strategy can be adopting information-driven, integrated ICT systems enabling organizations for effective inventory management, fund tracking, and assisting in market-led extension activities. A digital solution will be a boon to agriculture buying companies as everything is monitored in real-time, communications are faster, reduced workload, and enhance seamless processing of logistics operations. partner and ecommerce seller payments can be easily managed as these effective farming automation systems have integration capabilities with most of the 3rd party payment systems. Digitization among agriculture buying companies across the world is at a high trend as most companies mark it as a relevant post normal.

Ripples FMS - Supply chain digitisation solutions for agri sector

Contact us for a free consultation on how to adopt supply chain digitisation strategies for agriculture operations, inventory management, Fund tracking, agriculture e-commerce, logistics and other customized industry operations.

IOT farm logistics

Farming automation dashboard

Smart farm automation, indoor farming, vertical farm automation solutions

Greenhouse monitoring, farm logistics automation

If you are in the farming industry (fruits, vegetables, flowers, etc) you might know how crucial the role weather plays in farm cultivation. Unseasonal rains and severe droughts should be predicted early so that the crops are not affected at all. A meteogram is integrated into the smart farm dashboard which would display the weather around the farm location for the next few days. This would help a farmer to plan his activities and take proactive actions without the addition of manpower.

Every greenhouse farmer needs real-time data on the conditions of the soil and the farm surroundings; this will help in strategizing the methodologies for cultivation. There would be a real-time graphical visualization of Internet of things (IOT) sensor data like temperature, humidity, and water irrigated in the dashboard software home page.  It will show the live data from the sensors and plot it graphically for e.g. in the case of water irrigation it would show how much water has been let out to the farm for irrigation purposes. There is also a provision for viewing the weekly summary of all the sensor data. The daily average would be taken and shown as charts in the summary.

farm automation sensors, Greenhouse automation ; IOT greenhouse sensor solutions

Farm automation dashboard, Aqua culture, Aquaponics, Cattle Farming, Dairy Farm, Hydroponics, Single Crop and Multi-crop Farming - IOT enabled smart farm solution

Greenhouse, farm logistics automation

Our wireless sensor-based solutions for agriculture are compliant with industry automation standards. The wireless sensor combination can be customizable according to each client’s needs and demands to build a modern greenhouse automation solution.

The smart sensor unit for farm automation comprises of various type of devices which can detect events or changes in its environment and trigger a corresponding output. Protection from rodents, theft of equipment is provided. Modern farm automation tools actually give a real-time reading of various data that are crucial in the agricultural field and pass on the data to the actuators through a gateway. The mesh enabled technology is best suited for indoor farm automation.

Real-time Monitoring

Indoor farm automation sensors & dashboard software

The greenhouse automation software platform has integrated IoT sensor units to sense moisture, temperature, and humidity, water levels, light, pressure, etc and will send the data to a Ripples IOT gateway that could collect and process the data to the actuator to take necessary actions.

The actuator functions involve functions like opening a solenoid valve to allow the pumping of water when the moisture level is low, controlling the exhaust valve based on the temperature inside the greenhouse, etc. The entire system functions on wireless networks and has options for solar-powered charging or being equipped with long-life batteries.

List of the sensors we have expertise in
  • The analog soil moisture sensor
  • DHT digital temperature humidity sensor
  • Agriculture pH sensor 
  • Alcohol content
  • Dust levels
  • Ambient light
  • Pressure
  • Wind speed
  • Sunlight intensity
  • Rain measurement in farms
  • Leaf color monitoring using the camera

Other sensors that will be designed and developed as attachable shields for includes CO2, GPS & flowmeter 

IOT in farm automation, healthcare, IOT patient safety, IOT for NABH

IOT smart farm logistics solutions

Our farm monitoring kit is best fit to be installed in indoor farming, which would help reduce costs and introduce efficiency into the working process, besides solving the problem of manpower shortage and distance to be covered in remote monitoring. The whole smart farm software platform can be managed through the internet, accessed using mobile phones and there is no need for the physical presence of the farmer. The solution also allows integration of actuators that control lighting, blower fans, irrigation, and fertigation and to know the excess vibration and anomaly detection in farm equipment.

Call us for an online demo of the smart farm automation & plantation management platform or for a farm automation starter kit deployment at your farm in the Czech Republic, Italy, Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Germany, Poland, Spain, France, Brazil, Thailand, Turkey, and other countries that have an agrarian economy.