Airborne Stock Take/Physical Inventory
The traditional method of scanning stock above human reach is to use a forklift to raise an operator up to each box and allow the user to scan it with a handheld barcode reader.
This is not only time consuming (on average, this allows for only 6 scans per man-hour, but it is also dangerous for the operator in the cage to be lifted up to 8m high.
The energy used by an average forklift is aprrox 20KWh, most of this is used in lifting the forklift tines, the cage and the human operator up to each box, weighing approx 500kg. All of this extra weight is moved up and down to, to support the barcode scanner that weighs only 500g!
Using a lightweight drone weighing less than 1kg, a tiny barcode scanner weighing only 10g uses far less enery, approx 0.2KWh, this is one hundred times more energy efficient.
In addition, the drone can scan approximately 300 units per man hour, this is 50 times faster than the manual method.
With the time savings of using the drone to scan items above head height, your warehouse can re-open for business earlier.
No expensive fixed installations are required, the drone navigates using your existing warehouse racks, shelf heights and barcoded bin locations.
The drone can be wirelessly loaded up with a list of items to go and find, it will navigate up and down the items until it finds one of the items in the list, it will then hover there until told to continue by an operator. It could also be fitted with a marking gun to tag items with a colored mark for later retrieval.
Selecting items for sending to the drone is as simple as searching for them in the software and clicking: "Send To Drone".
If an item in the warehouse needs to be inspected for damages, condition, or to verify the product contents, the drone can be fitted with a camera that can take still images for later processing , or provide a live video feed for FPV viewing.
The still and video images can be uploaded to the server and linked to the item in the warehouse management software for later retrieval and reporting.