How to improve traceability while decreasing operational costs during the inbound process

Vision-based barcode reading is replacing traditional laser scanners in an ever-increasing range of applications in the logistics industry; the DataMan 280 series, available from Systems One, offers fast decoding, easy setup, and valuable Industry 4.0 features. 

In the race to respond to accelerated demand from customers to meet shorter and shorter delivery windows, retail distributors, fulfilment, and parcel processing organisations need to implement traceability solutions within their logistics operations to help meet delivery expectation goals. This is accomplished by more effectively managing inventory, capturing the necessary information to know where a package is at any time, and controlling loss. This starts at the inbound dock door: verifying what is supposed to be on the incoming truck is really on the truck. Scanning packages as they enter the truck creates an opportunity to find issues faster, reduce problems later, and manage expectations with the store or end customer. 

DataMan 280 series

Performance metrics 

In many cases, organisations have no traceability at the receiving door, or the process is a manual check-off from a printed list. In other situations, handheld laser scanners are used to scan incoming items. However, inaccuracies and inefficiencies can occur in both cases, leading to lost money, poor inventory control, and the inability to trace a problem to its source. Machine vision and barcode reading solutions help improve overall productivity by improving traceability, increasing and reducing costs. In addition, those companies that fully leverage performance data and trending information from these solutions can more fully optimise their operations and maximise their investments. Even with traceability methods in place, codes on boxes are occasionally misread or not read at all.  

DataMan 280 

Vision-based barcode reading is replacing traditional laser scanners in an ever-increasing range of applications in the logistics industry; the DataMan 280 series fixed-mount barcode readers offer fast decoding, easy setup, and valuable Industry 4.0 features, like web browser connectivity and performance monitoring, in a small form factor. DataMan 280 was engineered to track and trace items throughout logistics supply chains solving a broad range of tough 1D, 2D, and direct part mark (DPM) code applications. 

DataMan 280 series was designed to be flexible. The modular hardware and software can be configured to solve any barcode reading challenge. Easily decode difficult DPM codes on challenging automotive and medical device surfaces. Read multiple label-based barcodes simultaneously on boxes and pallets, even behind specular wraps. And accurately read user presented codes with a large depth of focus for speedy handling. 

DataMan 280 was engineered to track and trace items throughout logistics supply chains

Benefits of blockchain technology in supply chain traceability 

Blockchain is a technology that enables a secure, synchronised, decentralised, and distributed record of digital transactions, without the need for third-party mediation. On the basis that this technology fulfils the function of recording, preserving, and protecting the information of all types of digital operation, many sectors have shown great interest in incorporating this technology into their industrial operations. This is the case for supply chains, namely the set of activities, facilities and services required for the sale of products. This covers the complete process, from origin (the supply of raw materials) and transformation (in the manufacturing process), all the way to the finishing stages (distribution and delivery to the final consumer).  

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