Logistics automation is a vital tool for increasing productivity while at the same time reducing costs. But what does the term actually mean, and why is the concept considered to be so important to an increasing number of businesses?
At its core, automation refers to the usage of technology to allow a process or task to be automatically executed continuously, with little or no human intervention. Such kind of technology may be applied in the form of computer software, robotics or machinery.
In the logistics sector, these categories of technology are mainly, but not exclusively, used to automate operations in warehouses and distribution centers in order to make them more efficient. Concrete examples of different types of automation technologies applied to logistics are wrapping machines, robotic pickers, WMS and TMS (Warehouse and Transportation Management Systems)
The different technologies related to automation within logistics are many, and new hardware and software is being developed constantly. The scope and application of each automation technology differs. However, the main purpose to streamline and simplify operations remains the same. Listed below are five fundamental benefits achieved by utilizing logistics automation.
Accuracy and quality
Processes are performed correctly and consistently and costly errors are reduced.
Speed and ceaselessness
Time is saved compared to manual handling or processing and operations are active around the clock.
Integration and control
Information is instantly shared and made usable inside and outside of the organization.
Traceability and customer service
Goods are registered in every step of the process, providing enhanced possibilities to swiftly deliver useful information to customers and partners.
The above stated, and many more, benefits that results in more effective operations are achieved at lower total costs than non-automated processes.
Accurate registration of the true volume of shipments is a vital tool for companies within the logistics and transportation industries to avoid underpayment. Cind has, in dialogue with leading logistics companies, developed an automated in-motion freight and pallet dimensioner that makes the process of calculating volumetric weight quicker and simpler than ever before. We call it CargoSpect.
If you would like to know more about our patented intelligent 3D volume measurement systems and how they can be applied to your business, do not hesitate to get in contact with us at Cind.
This week we were invited to join the DHL IOT & Automation Day at the DHL Innovation Center in Chicago.
Exciting Times ahead!
This Wednesday we had the pleasure to welcome the directors of a major French transport network in our HQ in Sweden to showcase CargoSpect: the only MID-certified in-motion volume measurement system on the market.
We just packed a sample of our newest solution to be shipped overseas to convince a selected audience. Stay curious!
Recently we bought our own forklift to test our CargoSpect system at site. From today, everyone in the office is allowed to drive it!
We set up a new TimSpect system in Torsby,
adding another installation to the map!
Today we received a large delivery of screens and cameras - We are getting ready to install 20 new CargoSpect systems!