I consider using handheld terminals to support picking up products manually from multiple locations in a warehouse. It’s particularly important in case of a chaotic warehouse, but could be helpful in any other case as well.
The concept, in short, is the following. I’'m not going into details at this stage of the idea. In particular it will be necessary to handle errors and exceptions.
A. Receiving products to a warehouse - just quantity verification: scan a barcode or QR -> enter quantity
B. Placing products to locations in the warehouse.
- Assign the task to a selected handheld terminal
- Scan location ID, scan product ID (barcode, QR), manually enter quantity of the product placed in this location. Optional: manual selection of product and location - not recommended, but some user may want it to avoid being blocked when scanning ID is not possible.
C. Pick and move products
- Assign a picking task to a terminal, together with recommended locations to pick from.
- Go to a source location, scan location ID, scan product ID, place the products into a “pick bin”, enter quantity picked if allowed (it may be required to scan each item).
- Go to a destination location. Scan the location (may be packing area for example), scan products placed in the destination location and place them tere.
User interface must be optimised for a convenient and reliable operation by big fingers on a small handheld device. The less training required to use the handheld, the better of course.
Has anyone made or considered any kind of a similar solution? If it’s not solved yet, I’m willing to contribute this, so anyone potentially interested is welcome to the discussion of requirements.