ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT INVENTORY ROBOT

More and more logisticians are turning to warehouse automation, but which system will suit you best? Let’s start by looking at how you manage your warehouse inventory, and then learn about inventory robot.

Warehouse Inventory

What is it?

Inventory is essential for good warehouse management. It allows to check, identify and evaluate stocks, but also to detect errors or logistic problems such as labeling errors, quantity discrepancies or picking errors.  

Imposed by the French commercial code, the inventory must be carried out at least once a year to close the accounting period. There are three types of inventory to be done depending on your needs or your warehouse.

The 3 types of inventory 

Stock inventory at the end of each accounting period, usually in December

Periodic inventory (several times a year)

Inventory carried out permanently, at each entrance or exit of goods

The warehouse inventory: 

There are different types of warehouses depending on the customer’s needs, the goods to be stored or the regulations (outdoor). The largest storage volumes worldwide, which cross from country to country via multimodal platforms, are stored mainly in: 

IndoorOutdoor
Production
DistributionStorage/Warehouse.Partially openFully openCustoms warehouse
Storage of raw materials, finished products, packaging materialIntermediate/temporary storage between storage and delivery pointStorage of unsold or end-of-life productsRain-sheltered storage with a roof and at least one opened sideOpen space for storing heavy and large goodsSpecial system for goods before departure for international trade
Pallet/ bulk stockPalletPalletRack/ bulk/ palletRack/ bulk/ palletRack/ bulk/ pallet

Traceability systems: 

What tools should be used to collect warehouse input and output data?

The identification of the stock must be accurate. An error can result in high costs and wasted time. To ensure optimal inventory management, logisticians are turning to new technologies including inventory robots that ensure better staff safety, time savings and reduced inventory errors.

Traceability tools:

Handwritten identification

Barcode, QR codes, Datamatrix, …

RFID enables automated robot inventory

RFID

Both can be used manually with a scanner or can be integrated directly into an inventory robot

Characteristics of these tools: 

Barcode 

  • Numerical or alphanumeric system
  • Easy to create : printable
  • Standardization across sectors, warehouses and countries
  • Low cost
  • Low maintenance: easily and inexpensively replaceable
  • Easy localisation

RFID

  • Radiofréquence systems
  • Data can be modified
  • Can read several tags at the same time
  • Moderate to high cost
  • Interferences 
  • Difficult to ensure the position of the scanned RFID tag

Automate your inventory?

Inventory can be done manually (handwritten or done with barcode/RFI scanners), but it can also be automated by inventory robots. Automated inventory management can be very beneficial. It ensures greater efficiency and safety, saves time and reduces the number of human errors. 

Automated inventory by:

Aerial robot

Autonomous vehicles

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Autonomous

  • 100% autonomous drone with infrastructure
  • Combination of a ground vehicle and a drone with infrastructure

Semi-autonomous

  • Automated and monitored drones

Manual 

  • Remote controlled drone 

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Autonomous

  • Autonomous robot

Semi-autonome

  • Monitored
  • Operated by a forklift driver
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Manual

  • Device (reader) installed on a pallet truck

You got it: the best robot inventory solution depends on the type of inventory, the traceability system or the environment. EYESSE drone has made the choice to propose a semi-autonomous inventory robot, light and easily adaptable in pallet rack

Why choose the EYESEE inventory drone solution?

  • 1D 2D barcode reading
  • Detection of empty and full locations
  • Automatic flight in a logistics aisle
  • Obstacle detection
  • Compatible with all WMS
  • No need to add or modify infrastructure
  • Pictures taken of each location
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The advantages of the EYESEE inventory robot:

 Fast and Accurate

  • 400 locations / hour on average
  • 100% reading efficiency
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Resource optimization

  • Optimization of human, material and financial resources
  • Can be used in co-activity

Safety

  • Avoids working at height and the related risks

Environment

Reduce the environmental impact of your inventory activities.

EYESEE consumes less energy per location visited

White paper – Automate warehouse inventory with drones

Find out how drone inventory can be used to optimise both rotating inventory and annual tax inventory processes.