If you’ve ever been in a disorganized home garage that doubles as a storage space—like most garages do—you know how difficult it can be to locate something within the clutter. Digging through boxes of tangled holiday ornaments, old workout equipment and family heirlooms to find that tool you’re looking for can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
Now imagine that problem magnified on an industrial scale. That’s what industrial warehouses deal with daily. As you can imagine, the vast area and frequent movement of assets in a warehouse can make manually managing operations a complex and inefficient task.
That’s where the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIOT, comes in.
By connecting smart devices in an industrial warehouse application, IIOT streamlines and automates operations. The result is more efficient warehouse monitoring, minimized picking and sorting errors, accelerated shipping, increased visibility of assets and improved customer experience, to name a few key benefits.
With all its wide-reaching applications across industries, it’s no wonder the Global Smart Warehousing market size continues to grow, estimated at USD 15.90 billion in 2020 and expected to reach USD 18.44 billion in 2021, at a CAGR 16.44% to reach USD 46.15 billion by 2027.
Time to say goodbye to digging through haystacks. With cloud-enabled asset tags Smart Warehouses easily track and verify the real-time location of assets distributed across vast open fields, inside warehouses or being loaded onto trucks, reducing load errors and misplacement.
In such a high traffic environment, it’s not only where things are that matters but also how they’re getting there. Smart Warehouses use heat maps to gather real-time and historical information into forklift traffic, enabling the optimization of routes to reduce safety hazards and improve efficiency.
Along with detecting forklift traffic, Smart Warehouses detect forklift health. Central monitoring of forklift performance reduces maintenance costs by identifying issues immediately, routinizing a charging schedule and improving discipline among drivers.
Smart Warehouses enable smart personnel, too. With hands-free, head-mounted Augmented Reality displays, workers see all the relevant information they need in real-time, improving their picking and sorting speed and accuracy.
Got any gaps in the process? Bring in a mobile, autonomous sorting robot to fill in operations where needed, without requiring a dedicated workspace for it. It's one of the many processes Smart Warehouses automate, from picking and sorting to perimeter security. Instead of hiring security guards, Smart Warehouses use video analytics like facial recognition and smart motion detection to identify criminal behavior and safeguard investments in a cost-effective manner.
From the inside out, IIOT is enabling warehouses to reduce costs, increase productivity and prepare for what comes next. Ready to leverage these benefits and more?
- Automated warehouse monitoring in real-time
- Minimized picking and sorting errors
- Faster shipping
- Increased visibility of assets
- Improved customer experience
Ingram Micro offers partners the expertise and comprehensive portfolio of resources to strategically bring Smart Warehouse solutions to market for a wide variety of verticals. Contact our team of solution specialists today to learn more about how we can guide your customers on their digital transformation.