Ways to Use Cloud Display Devices

IoT for the Warehouse

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What is a Cloud Display Device?

A simple URL causes the wireless Cloud Display Device to light up with two lines of custom text.  These Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices can enhance warehouse and supply chain operations in all sorts of ways!

Common Questions

Battery Life:

Two AA batteries can last a year or more (depending on usage). Batteries typically last for 50 hours of light-on time.  In a pick or put by light scenario, devices typically light up for 30 seconds, so 50 light-on hours works out to approximately 6,000 picks!  If you frequently walk up and turn the device on (access static information), your expected number of picks on a pair of batteries might be slightly less.  Battery life is monitored on the server, so you can see from your desk which devices drop below a pre-set voltage threshold.

Speed:

Devices take about two seconds to respond to commands.  So the system is not designed for very fast moving pick lines.  It works fine for most normal operations.

Display Time:

The system is very flexible.  You can set the number of display seconds in the URL used to light up a device (see integration for more details).  Your software can also pause between URL calls to give pickers time to get to their next location. Alternatively, you can actually chain calls together so that a device remains illuminated until a pick is acknowledged, and the acknowledgment causes the next device to light up for the next pick.

The most logical and economical way to start using Cloud Display Devices

Using Cloud Display Devices with Picking Carts

Wireless IoT Cloud Display Devices can be attached to any type of picking cart – a rack on wheels, a flat cart, a forklift truck, reach truck, etc. Generally, these devices can be placed on any piece of equipment that is mobile and used to pick or place inventory. Each shelf, section of shelf or bin on the cart can have a mounted Cloud Display Device. You will need either multiple Turbos mounted throughout the picking are or a Mobile Turbo attached to the cart or a person.

Cloud Display Devices light up with information about where to put inventory on the picking cart or to pick inventory from the picking cart and to put it elsewhere.  Devices can even be attached to a Forklift and light up for validation, instructions or tasks.

The system is so flexible, you can even put a directional device on the picking cart that tells the picker where to go or what to do next.

Having Cloud Display Devices on a picking cart will help guide the picker to the right order, bin, or shelf. These devices can easily be used to optimize batch-picking by fulfilling multiple tasks and orders at the same time.

Two Ways to Use Cloud Display Devices on Carts:

  1. When a pick-ticket barcode is scanned, a Cloud Display Device on the cart will light up, guiding the picker to the next location. Once the picker has arrived at a location, they scan the barcode on the location to confirm the correct location, which causes the devices attached to the bins/carts to light up with the quantity that should be placed in that location.  The picker clicks the button on the top of the device to acknowledge the pick. This process continues until the order is complete.
  2. In another scenario, the Cloud Display Device is attached to a forklift or reach truck and when an operator scans a pick ticket the device will light up with instructions on where to place a pallet or pick up a pallet at a particular location. When the operator has arrived and scanned the location, the device attached to the forklift/reach truck can either light up with a confirmation or flash with a buzzer sound indicated the wrong location.

System Flexibility:

  • Attach to any piece of equipment that is used to move inventory
  • Display any information on the device (instructions, directions, validation)
  • Devices can light up, flash and/or play a custom tune
  • Store custom background information (for example, order information, time of delivery, inventory information, etc)

Order Picking Carts: Everything You Need to Know

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The simplest, most basic way to use Cloud Display Devices

Pick by Light from a Pick Wall

Each slot or location on a warehouse picking wall has a mounted Cloud Display Device (and a Turbo mounted within 75 feet or a Mobile Turbo on a cart). When a paper or paperless picklist is initiated, via an RF barcode scan, tablet, voice, or another method, the relevant Cloud Display Devices light up, indicating the item and quantity to be picked.  After picking, the operator acknowledges the pick with a button press.  The order picking process will continue until all items have been picked.  Warehouses with multiple pickers can have the devices specify the picker by name and play a custom tune.  In this scenario, the Cloud Display Devices are used as a next-generation pick-by-light system.

Simple Step-by-Step Process for Picking by Light:

  1. Initiate a picklist (scan, voice, tablet, etc).
  2. Devices light up, indicating the product and quantity to pick).
  3. When the pick is complete, the operator acknowledges the pick with a button press.
  4. The operator repeats until all items have been picked.

Pick by Light Flexibility:

  • Address the picker by name
  • Display unique SKU, size, quantity, color or custom information
  • Light up, flash, play a tune
  • Synchronize updated inventory counts when the pick is completed

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Using Cloud Display Devices for Order Sortation

Put-by-Light to a Put Wall

Each slot or location on a put-wall has an attached Cloud Display Device and a Turbo is located within 75 ft. When the operator scans a pick ticket, picklist or SKU, the devices on the put wall lights up with item and quantity that should be placed in the specified location.  When the operator has completed the task, they can press the button to acknowledge the put and scan the next pick ticket or SKU.  This process continues until the operator has placed all the items in the appropriate slots or totes.  Operations with multiple operators can have the devices play a custom tune and display the operator’s name. In this scenario, the Cloud Display Devices are used as an Internet-of-Things put-to-light system!

Step-by-Step for Putting by Light:

  1. Scan a pick ticket, pick list, or SKU (barcode, voice, device, etc).
  2. Cloud Display Devices light up, indicating the product and quantity to place in that location.
  3. When the put is complete, the operator acknowledges the pick with a button press.
  4. The operator repeats until all items have been put into the appropriate locations on the put wall.

Put-by-Light Flexibility

This put wall example can be taken a step further.  Not only can you have Cloud Display Devices light up for picking or putting by light operations, but you can have them flash with information instructing the operator what to do next.  When a slot or storage location is complete, meaning all products in the order are present, the device can flash, indicating what the warehouse operator should do next.  For example, the instructions might be to take the order to the packing or shipping department or to do a cycle count before sending items to the next department.  Perhaps your put wall is a dual purchase put-wall / will-call area.  When a customer comes to pick up the order, or when a delivery truck arrives, all the slots destined for that customer or truck light up.

Actively guide nventory through a QC process or passively monitor the status

Quarantine and Quality Control

Inventory is often quarantined or locked-down until it is released from a quality control process. Cloud Display Devices can actively guide employees through the quality control process through alerts that display two lines of custom text.  Or, when the devices are used passively, data (QC status, lot number, time of arrival, date to be processed, etc) can be stored on the device and accessed with a simple button press.

Quarantine Examples:

  • A parts manufacturer may need to check the quality before a new batch of inventory is added to a kit or used to create a new product.
  • A chemical manufacturer may want to double check a batch of chemicals before mixing.
  • A distribution center may need to check the quality of a new shipment of inventory that has been problematic in the past.
  • A food distributor may receive a variety of produce that is assembled into multiple products for shipment.

A Cloud Display Device can be attached to a rack, tote, bin, cart, or almost anywhere to alert employees that action needs to be taken.  Maybe the product is ready to be moved or maybe it cannot be moved until quality control (QC) is complete.

The device can also store data, which can be accessed by pressing the button on the top of the device.  For example, an employee might want to check the QC status of the items stored in that location, the lot number, time of arrival, date to be processed or whatever you need.

 Quality Control Flexibility

  • The device can be used for multiple stages of the quality control process
  • Store multiple background information on the device
  • Lights up, flashes, plays a tune
  • Devices can be attached to a moving pallet or container for non-idle inventory

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Quickly locate order for customer pick-up or delivery

Will-Call or Pick-Up

Will-call is the process by which an order is placed online or via the phone and then picked up in person.  Many retailers, such as Target and Walmart, allow customers to place an order online and then pick it up from the store.  This process is should be quick and efficient, but often the customer is left waiting while an employee searches for the right order.

The will-call or pick-up process can be optimized by attaching Cloud Display Devices to racks, bins, totes, carts or almost anywhere.  When the customer or third-party delivery person arrives, the device lights up with two lines of custom text.  For example, it could display, “Order 39983 for Jerry O’Connor” or any text you need.

Cloud Display Devices can also allow you to place inventory in a particular order, reducing the time it takes to locate a specific order and thereby improving efficiency and customer satisfaction.

How it Works:

A simple URL causes the Cloud Display Device to light up with any two lines of text.  This URL can be easily integrated with a QR Code.  When an order is placed or ready for pickup, your system can either find an empty slot that has a Cloud Display Device and automatically generate an URL with a QR code for that particular location.  You can email this QR code to the customer or delivery person.  When they arrive and the code is scanned, the associated Cloud Display Device will light up with the order number and customer information.  It’s easy!

Will-call and Pick-up Flexibility

  • Devices can indicate where to place the order and, when the customer or delivery person arrives, where to find the order
  • Store multiple sets of background information on the device (order, customer info, date placed, pick-up date, etc)
  • Devices can light up, flash, and/or play a tune

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Pre-package or Pre-label Components

Kitting & Sequencing

Kitting is a process in which related items are packaged together as a single unit.  Kitting reduces part and component assembly time and leads to greater order fulfillment efficiency within the supply chain.

Simple Example

The operator scans a pick-ticket or purchase order (PO) associated with the tote in which the items will be placed.  The scan causes the associated Cloud Display Devices to light up with quantities of each item that needs to be placed into that particular tote.  After picking the item, the operator acknowledges the pick with a simple button-press.  When all items are in the tote, the operator sends the tote to the next department and begins the process again.

Kitting Step-by-Step:

  1. Scan a pick ticket or PO associated with a specific tote.
  2. Cloud Display Devices light up, indicating the product and quantity that should be picked and then placed into the tote.
  3. When the pick is complete, the operator acknowledges the pick with a button press.

Kitting Flexibility

The system is extremely flexible and can accommodate complex kitting processes with multiple assembly stations.  For example, if the order requires a sequence of kits, follow the above example and when the first kit is finished, the next set of devices light up, indicating which items belong in the second kit.  When all kitting for the order is complete, the operator sends it to the next department and begins the process again.

Also, devices can be attached to the back of each location, so when the stocker comes by, they know which slot will need new inventory or where to place the back stock without interrupting the flow of the kitting department.

Using an Internet-of-Things (IoT) assembly technology is especially beneficial for third-party logistics facilities that require specialized kitting services and assembly solutions for customers with complex order fulfillment and supply chain management needs.

Picking and Putting Efficiently

Using Technology to Optimize Flow Racks

A flow rack is a specific rack or area of the warehouse where pickers pick inventory from one side while stockers restock from the other side.  Depending on how large this area is, you could mount Cloud Display Devices on both sides of the flow rack or just one side.

For example, a grocery store might have a refrigerated rack where customers pick dairy products.  The back side of the rack is used for restocking, which can be optimized by placing Cloud Display Devices in each location.  When a restocker scans a barcode (from a list or a box of inventory), the Cloud Display Devices light up, indicating where the inventory should be placed.

This can also be used in a warehouse or distribution center – anywhere you need to pick or put items using a flow rack.

How it Works:

Utilizing a light system on a flow-rack effectively combines the operations of a pick-wall with a put-wall.  When a picker scans a barcode, the associated Cloud Display Devices on the picking side of the rack light up with the picking information.  An employee on the other side of the wall can scan a different set of barcodes to light up devices with information for restocking.

This can also be used for sortation and shipping.  Pickers, guided by lights and messages, place picked inventory into one side of the flow rack, while shippers package and ship orders from the other side of the flow-rack.

Devices can also store background information such as SKU, lot numbers, date of arrival, expiration date, or any two lines of text you need.  This data can be accessed by pressing the button on the device to scroll through the screens.

Flow Rack Flexibility

  • Any two lines of custom text
  • Lights up or flashes and can play a custom tune
  • Feedback protocol
  • Optional automation using barcodes
  • Flow-through option (place devices on both side of the rack, one side for picking and one side for restocking)

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