Stock Take, Physical Inventory, Cycle Counting
Traditional methods of scanning stock involve lifting staff up to great heights using a forklift.
The DroneScan system provides two revolutionary solutions to scanning products and pallets in warehouses. Either the Hadeda system, consisting of a Drone and Dronescan payload, which reaches the high shelves and methodically moves down the aisles scanning pallet barcodes. Or the Buffalo unit, which is lifted by forklift to the correct shelf height, while the operator receives live feedback as it scans.
A live video feed allows the operator to inspect the condition of products or verify the contents of the pallets.
Video and photo images can later be associated to scanned items in the database for off-line viewing.
The simplicity of the DroneScan system means that there are no expensive infrastructure costs needed to setup a warehouse.
The only preparation is to load up a file of the warehouse contents into the DroneScan database. The Hadeda or Buffalo units set up and and run to collect data; and finally, after or during scanning, reports and files can be generated and sent directly to the warehouse manager or uploaded directly into the WMS.
Both the Hadeda and Buffalo systems are portable, allowing one Hadeda or Buffalo unit to be utilised in different warehouses. The Hadeda and Buffalo can be setup in 10 minutes and packed away in 5 minutes, to be moved to another location. They come with robust travel cases and the Hadeda system can be transported within airline baggage weight allowances.
Some warehouses have good quality bin location barcodes correctly positioned on the racks. In these cases the Hadeda and Buffalo can scan the bin location barcodes on the racks and use them to improve the accuracy of the position estimation.
Inspection of stock
Inspecting the condition of items or verifying the contents of a product is usually done manually. DroneScan provides a way to do this quickly and efficiently. As the drones are fitted with a camera, DroneScan allows still images to be taken for later processing, or a live video feed for FPV viewing.
The still images and the video footage can be uploaded to the server and linked to the item in the warehouse management software for later retrieval and reporting purposes.
The DroneScan software associates images with scanned items and this can be viewed offline using the DroneScan software or uploaded to the customer's WMS.