In the supply chain logistics sector, one of the main challenges is the digitization of the supply chain in order to optimize time, tasks and investments. In fact, longer distances, shorter lead times, fluctuating quantities depending on the period, are forcing surface logistics companies to take the shift in logistics 4.0.
However, as this sector is complex because of its numerous actors (producers-platforms-carriers, etc.), some being in the semi and informal sectors, it is not always easy for logistics companies to know where to start: IOT? Artificial intelligence? Drop-shipping? Digital Twin, etc.
In this article, we focus on intelligent connected objects and the positive impact they can have on the supply chain logistics industries globally. Optimizing the flow of high-value goods, asset tracking, anti-theft equipment, discover how Logistics 4.0 platforms and solutions transform logistics supply chain industries through examples of digitalization.
GOODS TRACKING IN INDUSTRY 4.0
For logistics companies, the tracking of high-value goods is a real challenge to know where in the chain the goods are, from their departure from the manufacturing, until delivery to the end customer. For many years, logistics companies have been using passive RFID tag systems or barcodes, but these technologies need a lot of manual operations. The latter can, therefore, be the cause of shipping delays or errors, not allowing 100% optimization of the time and tasks of the workers.
However, it is now possible to track inventory goods and production pallets thanks to wireless communication technologies such as Bluetooth Low Energy.
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These wireless communication protocols have detection ranges of up to several hundred meters to cover warehouses of several hundred square meters.
A leading auto manufacturer, for example, has set up a tracking solution for goods (spare parts) based on a technological mix between active and passive RFID. Corridors are equipped with long-range active RFID chips and spare parts are equipped with passive RFID chips.
The pallet trucks are equipped with passive and active RFID readers and allow to know in real time the position of each pallet truck and the parts taken into account, transported or deposited. This bi-technology makes it possible to optimize the logistics corridors and thus save the handlers time.
Indoor asset tracking
Today, several wireless technologies meet this need for indoor location such BLE Mesh technology. This can be deployed easily without wiring, and ensuring a location accuracy of 5 and 10 meters which is enough to locate logistics equipment.
This unique wireless communication technology allows connected objects to communicate with each other and to put back raw data of positions and movements indoors using a gateway (Dell Edge 3000 as an example), which are then transformed into indoor GPS data using our cloud enabled inventory tracking tool.
Thanks to this one, it is possible to know in real time where the different production inventory are positioned, but also to follow their course inside the site. It make it possible to know their rack position, to ensure reduced time to locate and thus to reduce investments related to the stocking of production inventory. MESH + BLE bi-technology also makes it possible to follow a product in Indoor, Outdoor but also during the transportation of pallets between sites thanks to the geolocalisation boxes which become gradually compatible BLE.
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