Live Launch of New Supply Chain Technology
February 16, 2017
Making supply chains more efficient and workers more productive? It's about time.
Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) recently introduced a range of new connected technologies designed to get the job done.
During a live launch event hosted by Erin Streeter, senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, a number of technology breakthroughs and innovative solutions for manufacturers, distribution centers, logistics providers, delivery firms and retailers were unveiled.
“The e-commerce boom and growing consumer expectations have put a spotlight on operational inefficiencies and disconnects,” said John Waldron, president and CEO of SPS, in the live broadcast. “To stay competitive, businesses need to deploy the Internet of Things, cloud solutions and automation throughout their supply chains.”
More than 68,000 viewers around the world tuned in to the broadcast along with 300 attendees at Intelligrated’s state-of-the art demonstration center.
Here's what's new:
- AutoCube: A 3-D depth sensing technology, instantly and automatically captures the volume of an object with extreme precision – to eliminate time-consuming and error-prone manual measurements. The cost-effective dimensioning solution allows customers to capture more revenue, reduce bottlenecks and shipping errors and optimize storage space and workflows.
- Connected Retail Solution: Combines software and mobile devices to bring distribution center operational excellence to brick-and-mortar retail stores to enhance worker productivity, increase profitability and lead to better customer satisfaction. Retailers can better direct their store associates to improve speed and accuracy for fulfilling orders and completing routine store tasks.
- Operational Acuity: Combined with Honeywell Vocollect voice technology, is a software suite that uses data collection, aggregation and predictive modeling techniques to show operations managers exactly how their distribution centers are operating and how best to improve them.
- Xenon 1902g wireless battery-free scanner: A 2-D area-imager, makes wireless scanning more convenient with fast, ready-to-scan charging in less than 15 seconds. The new lightweight scanner eliminates the need for replacement lithium-ion batteries and reduces the amount of heavy metals sent to landfills.
- CK75 handheld computer: An ultra-rugged, lightweight device, is optimized for demanding warehouse, distribution center and manufacturing environments. The CK75 can also be equipped with a heater offering so that it can be used in cold storage and freezers. Customers can choose between Windows® Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android™ 6 operating systems on a single device.
- CN75 handheld computer: Designed for courier express, parcel and mobile workers, it functions for long periods of time even in the most challenging weather conditions. The mobile device also offers operating system flexibility to support complex applications and high-speed wireless communications for real-time data reporting in the field.
The supply chain has faced unprecedented and rapid changes in recent years. Consumer expectations have never been higher as shoppers increasingly turn to online shopping, and expect quick and often free delivery of their purchases.
At the same time distribution centers, logistics firms and retailers must quickly onboard and train thousands of temporary and seasonal workers every year during heavy shopping seasons. Businesses are also dealing with an aging workforce while also trying to recruit and retain a new generation of workers.
To address these challenges, SPS is deploying software, hardware, cloud technology and automation solutions that make workplaces safer and more productive.
“The technology we launched today demonstrates our commitment to innovation and bringing to market hardware and software solutions that can help organizations boost productivity and safety,” said Waldron.
This was the first in a series of live product launch events that SPS has planned for this year.