Voice WMS drives efficiencies
12 December 2012
Proteus offers strategic upgrade options on warehouse management systems to assist stock management Proteus has a goal to provide warehouse solutions to its customers that drive sustained efficiency, so that businesses
Proteus has a goal to provide warehouse solutions to its customers that drive sustained efficiency, so that businesses can improve their throughput, without incurring corresponding increases in operational costs.
Part of this goal encompasses the need to implement new technologies to ensure our customers can deliver a higher standard of service and stay ahead of the competition.
In the context of warehouse management systems, two strategic upgrade options are available to deliver significant improvements relative to paper based stock management processes.
Many organisations have already successfully migrated from paper to wireless driven systems, which utilise screens and handheld barcode readers, eradicating the use of paperwork.
The actual efficiency gains using this type of technology will differ for each company, although typical users have reported efficiency increases of greater than 50%.
The Proteus voice solution talks people through their daily tasks replacing cumbersome paperwork, the inherent errors associated with it, and traditional data capture methods (inc barcode scanners) with hands free personal voice instructions and confirmation.
It leaves both hands free for manual tasks such as driving, picking and loading. The resultant efficiencies impact a number of operational areas, and case studies have highlighted the following efficiencies: A 25% increase in warehouse throughput within 6 months of full implementation; 10-25% in labour efficiency achieved during the picking process over scanning solutions, and as much as 50% over paper based solutions; Reduced training times; Pay back on implementation costs in six months; Lower cost of ownership due to elimination of handheld equipment (purchase and repair); Lower stock damage due to fewer accidents; 99.9% elimination of picking errors.
We realise that the correct choice of warehouse management system, and the selection of a first class warehouse system partner, is fundamental. Our objective is to, not only, automate key operational processes, but to also, deliver a system that can continually keep up to date with changes in legislation and socio-economic factors.
There is no doubt that voice systems can be further developed for use in other operational areas. These systems are capable of multilingual dialogue, 26 languages can be used concurrently.