Warehouse Solutions - Element ID

Warehouse Solutions

  • Cutting Inventory Costs

    Tracking your inventory lets you reduce double ordering and spoilage. Using RFID and barcode can greatly reduce the time involved in capturing data. RFID portals can completely eliminate the human element. The portals will capture everything passing through and an exceptions report quickly highlights any items moved through the choke point.

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  • Cutting Warehouse Management Costs

    Cycle counting is significantly faster with RFID. Because no line of sight is required, simply pointing and waving a handheld RFID reader toward a storage location and holding the trigger allows for extremely rapid cycle counting of tagged items. Simply tracking inventory has been estimated to reduce shrinkage by 5-10%

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  • Efficient Labor Mangement

    Collecting labor data has historically been expensive. We estimate the average time required for an employee to record hours, and send this to a data entry employee results in 3-6 minutes of paid time per transaction. By embedding RFID tags into employee badges, this tracking can occur automatically without any disruption to the normal work process – a significant cost savings over manual tracking.

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  • Enhanced Customer Service and Warranty Management

    Adding serialized data or date code information that can be automatically captured during the production process can arm your customer service and quality departments with the data they need when servicing customer problems or warranties. By automating the data capture, you can greatly reduce the cost of capturing that data and create a competitive advantage and make serialization and tracking affordable.

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  • Finance and Management

    The bottom line is that today’s leading manufacturers are basing decisions on data. The more useful data you have at your disposal, the easier it is to forecast sales, set pricing, increase margins, reduce days of inventory, reduce lead times, and better serve customers.

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  • Improved Manufacturing Efficiency

    Planning, evaluation, and scheduling can all be greatly improved when you have data to base them on. To implement these benefits and get the data you want, you need to automate the data collection. Data entry appliances, barcode scanners, and RFID readers can greatly reduce the cost and time involved in data capture. RFID completely automates the process and even eliminates the need for human intervention.

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  • Improving the Shipping Process

    Even with a great shipping department, mistakes happen. Automation can provide many benefits like RFID portals automatically checking what is going though a dock door against what is on the invoice or shipping manifest. Even using handheld barcode scanners improves accuracy and speeds the shipping process.

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  • Improving Tool Management

    In the past, it was often impossible to automate tool management tracking because of harsh production environments. With the advances in RFID tags that have occurred over the last 5-10 years, even metal tools and fixtures can be identified and tracked automatically.

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  • Planning

    We’ve heard many manufacturers say that automated data capture allows them to better schedule tomorrow, or even next shift, because they know what they produced this shift in real time. No more waiting until the Wednesday 9AM meeting to know what you produced on Monday. Additionally, having data about past production times and output helps improve lead time forecasting, balance line output, and the sync the ordering of materials with production needs.

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  • Recipe Enforcement

    Verify the correct type and/or quantity of ingredients is being added, verify the right tooling is in place before starting a process, or verify that only trained personnel are attempting to start a process. In each case, we are automatically capturing data, comparing it to a set of criteria, and creating an output.

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  • Reducing Asset Tracking Costs

    Tracking allows you to know where these assets were shipped to, how long they’ve been out, and when they are due for service. Typical assets include servers, computers, notebooks, lab equipment, test fixtures, special equipment, etc. It also can include reusable trays, bins, kegs, totes or other types of product carriers. Often these assets contain your product and are sent out to your customers and distributors. They can be expensive to replace and can damage customer perception of your brand if not properly maintained/serviced.

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  • Traceability

    With increased enforcement and regulation from the FDA and EPA, better traceability is a must. This requires capturing data throughout the production process to link work in process (WIP) to raw materials and finished goods to WIP. Not only do you avoid fines and get better compliance, a well designed system greatly reduces the production window involved in the event of a recall.

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