Digital twin

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.

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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 

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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.

Digital twin in warehouses

Warehouse indoor social distancing software, inventory tracking, logistics supply chain, anti theft sensors, smart logistics,

Implementing digital in warehouses for supply chain optimization

  • Implement physical distancing in warehouses, logistics yards
  • Locate cargo, pallets, bins & spares inventory items easily.
  • Improve internal efficiency in warehouses
  • Track the movement of pallets and bins within the distribution network
  • Take warehouse inventory count in each zone with 5-meter accuracy
  • Reduce the possibility of theft and mishandling of high-value cargo
  • Digital twin starter kits for 100 – 1000 workforce companies
Physical distancing software for warehouses, logistics yards & workshops 

Lowest cost per inventory tracking solutions with up to 5-meter accuracy, battery life of 10 years, and reporting interval of 10 minutes.

Immensely improves efficiency, locates inventory, cargo, people, and equipment in logistics supply chain workshops, warehouses, and production units.

Helps in improving storage patterns, understand people’s movement to fine-tune workflow. Track forklifts and improve their productivity.

Smart logistics, warehouse inventory tracking with indoor positioning

Industrial IOT solutions can produce rich inventory data from warehouse operations in production, supply chain logistics environment.

Equipped with wireless tags, and anchors that enable data capture and cargo identification down to the pallet level. Here is your waybill number 100212032 – rack # 4, zone 5 and have been there for last 10 days

Imagine the time saved in pickup and drop of high-value cargo in your warehouse.

Think about the savings it would bring by reducing theft and misplacement of consignments transported on behalf of your customers.

Digital twin enabled physical distancing software for warehouses can ensure a continuous flow of information on people movement for safety, inventory locations, truck position, cargo movement, driver information. This factor alone could increase workplace safety, productivity and inventory accuracy, apart from reducing cases of theft and abuse.

Further benefits of implementing internet of things in logistics, warehousing operations include controlling inventory loss, theft and damage prevention, forecasting demand based on historical data, timely detection of load discrepancies, bottleneck identification, workplace safety, environmental conditions, intruder detection, etc.

The industrial internet of things enabled smart logistics software to also enable workflow automation in the warehouse and supply chain logistics industry. The traditional step-by-step approach to filling purchase orders involves capturing requests via logistics software, allocating existing inventory to the orders, and manual picking them up.

Deploying digital twin in warehouses

Although industrial IOT in the warehouse (track and trace, environment, condition monitoring, worker safety, security) is steadily making its way to storage facilities in Singapore, the adoption of connected warehouse systems remains the exception rather than the rule and is mostly driven by the Asia Pacific (APAC) market’s key players. SME companies can benefit much from the adoption of IOT in the warehouse and the government grants can be put to good use here.

In the age of Logistics 4.0, “everything”, visibility in the supply chain is crucial to ensuring that a well-oiled machine. IOT powered social distancing in logistics yards, warehouse management, and control applications offers a whole new way to manage shop floor safety, workflow, administer storage space, equipment, tasks, and material flows.

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Warehouse monitoring

Digital twin warehouse performance monitoring Supply chain Logistics inventory module

Warehouse managers face many challenges due to complexity in warehouse operations and as warehouse stakeholders necessitate optimal performance. Customers need to get their order at the proper time, employees deserve an enjoyable, rewarding work environment and manufacturers need to be informed on the performance of the stock inventory. 

Warehouse performance management
 

It is important that supply chain executives and managers track Warehouse KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) across warehouse zones in order to eliminate losses and gain an efficient supply chain process.

Within a warehouse, a typical activity starts with unloading the goods from a truck. It is important to measure the unloading bay utilization whereby the systems monitor whether the unloading bay is efficiently utilized and alert in case of trucks going to wrong parking / designated locations. Delays happening in unloading/ loading areas can delay the whole warehouse process. Parameters such as truck delays exceeded unloading time, shortage of load man as per the load, timely transfer of cargo from unloading area to storage zone all need to be captured along with incurred opportunity costs to measure the unloading zone performance. Accident alerts are configured and communicated to management on a timely basis. When goods are received, receiving accuracy is an important parameter that calculates the proportion of correctly received orders against purchase orders. Higher scores show a more efficient receiving operation while lower scores show potential problems with receiving that should be investigated.

Goods put away process is a critical step to increasing warehouse efficiency. The initial put away of goods has a direct impact on all subsequent warehouse processes, especially the picking process. Putaway accuracy needs to be monitored to ensure the number of items put away accurately at the designated location. The same is the case with picking accuracy which indicates the number of orders picked without errors. An incorrectly picked order means returned items and paying to correct the mistake.

Improving warehouse performance

A warehouse, that has an excessive number of unutilized space is not economical. Space utilization KPI measures the percentage of space occupied by inventory out of the total space available for storage. It helps to identify improvements that will lead to holding the optimal amount of stock across the warehouse. Indoor air quality with respect to temperature and humidity measurements are critical in storage zones, especially in areas such as cold storage. Digital twin enabled systems to monitor these environmental matrices and alert the warehouse personnel in case of deviations. Historical data like how many times these parameters dropped and how long time kept in non-standard environmental conditions can be easily retrieved.

A perfect order rate is an integral KPI employed by almost all warehouses that indicate the percentage of orders carried out error-free. If you want your warehouse to have a perfect order, you should take into account some aspects i.e., it has to be on time, completed, undamaged, and last but not least- properly documented. Attaining a high perfect order rate should be the goal of every warehouse organization.

Various types of equipment like forklifts, cranes, pulleys, etc are managed within warehouse zones. Usage of the equipment as well as its performance areas need to be traced for effective utilization monitoring. Warehouse digital twin systems monitor wear and tear, total usage, and alert the concerned department for preventive maintenance. Close monitoring of cargo turnaround times ensures cargoes are moving within the specified time itself from unloading – storage – loading – despatch areas. People’s performance is monitored based on their adherence to standard workflows and occupancy in the designated locations. 

Contact our digital twin experts to establish standard key performance indicators for your warehouse and gain warehouse efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Warehouse Management System

Managing a warehouse has always been challenging, and trends in logistics management continue to make it harder every day especially in the current uncertain times. Adopting new normal warehouse management practices and solutions help keep products flowing efficiently through the system, which is a critical factor in serving customers and securing increasing operating margins.

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Warehouse automation solutions

Inaccurate inventory counts and poor inventory control is the most common issue facing warehouse managers. Over the period, these errors can accumulate, leaving puzzling gaps in the inventory. Inventory location problems generally develop over time, as new products are added to the inventory and tracking of goods become difficult. Inability to integrate your current warehouse management system with logistic and supply chain partners leads to manual tasks and redundancies that cost time and money and leads to inaccuracies. Suboptimal picking happens most often due to process inefficiencies in receiving or put-away tasks. Inappropriate warehouse billing systems fail to incorporate demurrage charges and track customer payments.

Warehouse Management System efficiencies.

Adopting an efficient Warehouse management system like Ripples WMS helps warehouse managers to implement industry best practices and adopt process automation within their warehouse. Moreover, Ripples-FMS  warehouse suite accompanies smart solutions for inventory tracking, condition and climatic monitoring, production planning and real-time customer communication mechanisms for enhanced process efficiency and customer experience.

Ripples WMS – Features & Benefits

End to end warehouse order mapping

WMS system tracks complete warehouse order processing details like cargo type, fleet selection, container management, warehouse storage and invoicing. Relevant documents such as POD and shipping documents can be managed online.

Warehouse zone allocation

Automatically allocates storage locations based on the characteristics of the goods to be stored. This allows the warehouse staff to know where the items will be stored and help in easy pick and packing. Indoor positioning module with bluetooth tags attached to crates and pallets can improve efficiency.

Warehouse Inventory management, tracking & control

Ripples WMS accurately records and monitor the inventory stored avoiding human errors. Inventory movements can be effectively tracked along with condition and environment monitoring of cargo that avoids misplacement /theft and damage to goods.

Cargo transportation management

Trip creation feature enables to create trips directly from the stock management screen. Own truck and customer-owned truck transportation details can be effectively managed and the WMS can be easily integrated with the Ripples freight management system.

Accurate warehouse management & Invoicing

Automatically calculate the invoice details per order with complete accuracy based on the defined warehouse invoicing parameters. Demurrage and additional warehouse charges can be effectively captured avoiding any kind of financial loss.

Smart warehouse management system

Real-time customer communications

Offer a Ripples-FMS self-service portal for your customers to monitor their cargo in real-time with regards to goods location, physical and climatic conditions and tracking goods in transit. Customers can submit online orders, upload logistics documents and monitor their invoices online that bring more visibility and transparency in your operations.

A successfully managed warehouse, one that performs reliably and efficiently, is a huge asset to any freight forwarding company. Our warehouse specialists also offer warehouse consultation services to help logistic warehouses adapt to new normal and to adopt industry best solutions and standards. 

Contact our experts to know more on Ripples-FMS Warehouse Management Systems…

Warehouse monitoring

Warehouse automation - solutions for the future farm to plate monitoring logistics industry

smart warehouse ecommerce solutions

Operator – Hello, Good morning from Smart logistics LLC, Cape Town, South Africa. How can I help you?

Prospect – I need to book 2500 sq.mtr of your cold chain, temperature-controlled smart warehouse facility for a week. We need to see the storage space & want to monitor the white wines we export regularly to Europe.  If found suitable, we will take on lease, the warehouse space on a long-term basis. We also need to remotely monitor the inventory, track workers, shipments, temperature & possible damages due to poor cargo handling methods. 

Our customer in Europe insists on traceability of the shipments and the final invoice payment is adjusted for damages or delays in case of deviation from any of the predefined conditions in supply chain digitisation & visibility.

Helpdesk – Welcome.  You can visit our smart warehouse anytime between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm. Monday through Saturday.  The storage area can be dedicated for your special purpose and using our customer portal, we will configure with a user name and password so that all warehouse tracking parameters, including arrival, stay, despatch time and environmental parameters can be regularly monitored remotely in a secure manner.

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Smart warehouse for the new normal

The customer logs into to the Digital twin logistics platform to select an eCommerce option, The available 2500 sq.mtr zones in the smart warehouse are listed under temperature-controlled, fragile, food and consumable section.

The customer selects a temperature-controlled zone with a constant environment reading, the rental duration of 1 week, add-ons like air quality, humidity, ambient light & temperature monitoring along with the 10-minute frequency of reporting & individual wine carton tracking options into the warehouse eCommerce cart. Makes online payment – Selects drop off time for the cargo and the service level agreements

 Farm to fork monitoring logistics tracking warehouse automation solutions

During the drop off of the premium organic white wine, the truck driver is able to download the order specifications. A docket contains the required tracking tags and the layout map of the booked temperature-controlled zone is made available at the front gate. The tags are attached to the 10 cartons and stacked in the designated zone. The job has been done, thanks to smart warehouse automation solutions for the new normal.

Farm monitoring & eCommerce

Login access is given to the grape farm which manufactured the premium wine. The end customer, a premium restaurant that is based in Amsterdam gets a WhatsApp link alert, using which they are able to track the location and storage conditions of what they ordered.

 

Farm to fork logistics solutions

Welcome to the warehouses of the future. Ripples-FMS enabled smart logistics and warehouse platform provides robust and innovative solutions such as logistics eCommerce, smart warehouses, customer portal, farm to fork monitoring to meet the expectations of the new era. to stay relevant in this disruptive logistics business.

Ripples R&D team collaborates with leading names such as Omron, Avnet, and Dell EMC to build these intelligent logistics management solutions.

Call us to know more about digitally enabled smart warehouse automation solutions

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Digital disruption in logistics

eCommerce logistics the next disruption in the African Logistics Industry. In Africa, 40 percent of annual growth in e-commerce activity is predicted over the next decade. African logistics companies have started digitization with automation in picking, packing, and sorting operations, smart warehouses, farm to fork monitoring, etc

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COVID & Digitization across Africa

The level of digitization in Africa has generally been quite slow. But the COVID19 pandemic is accelerating trends such as digitization and local manufacturing. Due to curfews and lockdowns in order to enforce physical distancing in warehouses, consumers are now engaging with businesses through online channels, onsite delivery, and store pickup are automated to ensure customer safety, with increased adoption by older generations. COVID19 has moved digitization in logistics from a niche market into mass adoption.

Smart warehouses & eCommerce  – the next disruption in logistics
 
COVID & Digitization across South Africa

The level of digitization in Africa has generally been quite slow. But the COVID19 crisis is accelerating trends such as digitization and local manufacturing. Due to curfews and lockdowns in order to enforce physical distancing, consumers are now engaging with businesses through online channels, with increased adoption by older generations.

COVID19 has moved digitization from a niche market into mass adoption. The transportation, freight forwarding & warehousing industry has the third-highest automation potential of any sector. The reasons for digital technology adoption by logistics companies could be due to the following factors.

● A growing shortage of labor in the logistics sector
● The explosion in demand from online retailers
● Technology advances in the logistics industry

There is a huge expansion of giants like Amazon, JD.com in logistics, and warehouse space even expanding to remote areas in line with the ongoing disruption. They threaten to shunt traditional logistics companies toward low-margin services, which may not justify an investment in automation.

Many logistics technologies like advanced robotics, smart sensor applications, analytics in transport, and smart warehouses, logistics platform, eCommerce logistics are available but the adoption by companies depends on proving ROI for the investment.

Call us for a free online consultation to know more about our affordable offerings for digital transformation in logistics.

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