Handscanners – Hands-free and Voice Picking
When the choice of the WMS solution is made you need to decide on which kind of hardware the Mobile WMS solution is to be used.
A common denominator for the manufacturers that Tasklet Factory work with is, that the hardware needs to be robust enough to be used in a warehouse or production environment.
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Where is the hardware to be used?
The environment where the handheld scanners are to be used often limits the range of handheld scanners to choose between. Here it is often the temperature that is the decisive factor. In cooling compartments, the temperature often is about +5 degrees and in freezer compartments it often comes down to –18 degrees. This means that the handheld scanners you buy for this purpose need to be able to withstand this environment.
Another considerable factor is from how far away the handheld scanners need to be able to scan. There are scanners that cover normal scanner needs (typically an armlength of 50-60 cm), also called short-range scanners. Likewise, there is scanners that have a reach of several meters (typically 8-12 meters), also called long-range scanners. We recommend that you in the purchase of handheld scanners consider it carefully and listen to best-practice in the area. We often see that you work with old work routines (the “it has always been like that-principle”). To that we recommend that you try to change your work routines so that your scanner needs can be covered by a short-range scanner. This is of course not possible in all warehouses, and in that case give us a call.
Should you choose Voice Picking or just choose a Mobile WMS solution with hands-free handheld scanners?
We often meet the question if our solution supports voice-picking. To this, the answer is that it does not. We have through the last 8-9 years researched if the customers that ask for voice-picking actually have this need, or if they are seeking a solution where they can work hands-free. In most cases it was the need to work hands-free that was most important and therefore we chose to concentrate on this segment in the development of our software. Another important and decisive factor for the choice was, that you with voice-picking only relieve the function that concerns pick of products and therefore not optimize on the other functions. By the use of a hands-free scanner solution you will get full utilization of all functions and at the same time obtain validation of your scans. We therefore recommend that you carefully consider your needs before choosing a solution.