Final inspection directly integrated into the picking process
In practice, the advantages of Pick-by-Vision quickly became apparent. With the help of the smart glasses, the time required can be reduced considerably, as the tedious final inspection is integrated directly into the picking process. For this purpose, the barcode of the item was linked to that of the corresponding carton. The picker finally scans it at the item’s storage location to confirm the product.
In case of questions or problems, the control station can also communicate unproblematically with the employees via the smart glasses and, after confirmation by the picker, optionally connect directly to the interface of the smart glasses. Communication takes place via push notifications, visually or auditorily during operation.
Two priority levels with which the control station can send the messages help with this. Urgent messages immediately cover the entire screen with signal colors and require immediate attention from the picker. The picker can then implement the instructions on the glasses immediately.
The team at Schloss Wachenheim noticed some of the advantages even before the practical test: “During the presentation of Picavi, we were already allowed to test the smart glasses ourselves. At that point, we already knew that the intuitive interface of the smart glasses would massively reduce the training time for new warehouse employees,” mentions Kuhl, “This is a strong advantage especially for seasonal peaks, because we often deploy additional staff for this at short notice.”