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Mobile Technology Solutions for The Warehouse & Distribution Center

  
  
  
  

RMS Omega provides total enterprise solutions to solve the challenges of an expanding warehouse or distribution center. The professionals at RMS Omega work with trusted partners such as Honeywell to bring together the most appropriate hardware, software and support service solutions for managing inventory.

Successful warehouse operations make excellent use of wireless mobile technology to support the product as it makes its way through the warehouse. Inventory can be tracked from the information on barcodes on the item, package or pallet and on the locations in the warehouse area. Even small to mid-sized warehouses and distribution centers can benefit from mobile technologies to capture and share product data through a warehouse management software (WMS) system.

An overview of the product path highlights some of the common challenges for warehouse management. For each challenge RMS Omega is able to recommend an integrated mobile solution that will ensure all data about the inventory in the warehouse/distribution center is complete, accurate and up-to-date.

Receiving

ReceivingThe main concern is the need for immediate, accurate labeling of the product when it is received. If there is already a barcode label attached to the unit, package, case or pallet, it is scanned and entered into the WMS. If there is no label, one has to be printed. Attaching the barcode label to the item and scanning the information into the WMS system is the beginning of a successful tracking system in the warehouse/distribution center.

It is most efficient to print the label when and where the product is received. The advantages of using a mobile printer include:

  • Reduced time spent labeling an item, thus increasing overall productivity

  • Increased accuracy as the product is right in front of the employee who is printing and affixing the label

A mobile printer such as the PB22, PB32 or PB50 from Intermec by Honeywell is an ideal solution.  These barcode printers are rugged, fast, industrial strength products, well suited to a busy receiving dock.

Storage or Movement in the Warehouse

Whether the product is replenishment stock going directly into the warehouse or it is being cross docked for shipment, it has to be trackable. When the putaway location is identified and the item or pallet is moved there, the worker needs a reliable device to scan and confirm the transaction in real time. Any subsequent moves within the warehouse/distribution center or between warehouses are also scanned into the WMS system.

Granit scanning applicationOnce again, wireless mobile devices are the most efficient technology for the employees to use.  They come with a wide range of functionalities from choice of scanning distance to bright lasers and loud beeps for alerts in noisy environments. There are standalone scanners, either handheld or hands free, and mobile computers with a scanning function.

Most warehouses/distribution centers require rugged, durable scanners. RMS Omega partners with Honeywell in offering three kinds of scanners fitting the description:

  • Honeywell Xenon series of handheld scanners with high resolution, editing function, and even Bluetooth connectivity

  • Honeywell Granit 1911i built to function in theharshest environments including extreme temperatures; it can tolerate motion and provide enhanced reading of poor quality barcodes

  • Honeywell Voyager 1200g linear device which can accurately scan even poor quality or damaged linear barcodes

Picking

The primary characteristics of a successful warehouse picking process are speed, accuracy and flexibility.

Today’s warehouses and distribution centers often accommodate orders both from other businesses and from individual consumers. B2B orders are usually in bulk on pallets and consumer orders are usually for single items or several different items making up one package. Mobile wireless devices are critical in making sure there is no unmanageable backlog.Picking and packing in the warehouse mobile devices

The most efficient operation begins with the actual picking order printed in the warehouse so no information is lost in transit from a back office and there is no delay in beginning the job. All the information stored in the WMS is reflected in the picking plan from number of items available to expiry dates and current location in the facility. The goal is to organize shipments so the picking process is as seamless as possible.

The best scanner for picking is hands free so the worker can move continuously without having to put down and pick up a device. Such a device also eliminates the risk of repetitive stress injury to the worker.

RMS Omega is pleased that Honeywell is able to offer several hands free options all of which address the challenges of speed, accuracy and flexibility, including:

These examples are just two of the durable, reliable hands free units RMS Omega can access through Honeywell. They are worth checking out as such mobile, wireless scanners have been proven to improve pick rates by more than 60%.

Shipping

Mobile scanning deliveryWhether a packing desk or an area where pallets are built, the packing and shipping space is where the process really picks up speed. There are also challenges:

  • Tight timelines, often a 24-hour turnaround

  • Accuracy of order being packed

  • Accuracy in shipping label

  • Integration with shipping/delivery service

  • Reports to customers on order status

Mobile computer technology moves from the scanning function for picking to the shipping department, verifying the order, and printing bills of lading with all the customer shipping information. These wireless devices can also accommodate coordination with shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx.

RMS Omega’s partnership with Honeywell shows its value in such situations with the Dolphin series of enterprise mobile computer, including the:

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Device Management

An important backroom function is managing all the mobile devices used in a warehouse operation. From mobile computers to printers and scanners and even smartphones, there might be hundreds of devices used across several sites. It is essential to know where the devices are located, keep the software up to date, coordinate various operating systems and monitor performance indicators.  

RMS Omega recommends software such as Honeywell’s Remote Mastermind 4.0 to manage all the devices effectively.

Remote Mastermind

RMS Omega understands the need for accurate information and durable equipment in warehousing/distribution center operations. Our team of professionals is committed to providing the most efficient, cost effective technology solutions to meet the unique  challenges of each operation. RMS Omega will continue to work with partners such as Honeywell to deliver excellent results with best of class mobile technology.

Contact us to upgrade your warehousing and distribution center technology today!

Infographic - Wireless Mobile Technology Solutions for Warehouses & Distribution Centers

  
  
  
  

RMS Omega strives to improve accuracy and efficiency through industrial technology solutions.  Whether your warehouse or distribution center needs improvements in receiving, storage or movement, picking, shipping, or device management, RMS Omega can help you find a solution using barcode, mobile, and wireless technology.

Learn more about the advantages of using wireless and mobile technology systems in the infographic below! Contact us for a free consultation today

Warehousing and Distribution Center Technology Infographic

Mobile Devices Designed for the Field - Product Spotlight: CN51

  
  
  
  

Mobile Devices for Field WorkforceWith a  large, multi-touch, outdoor-readable screen, ruggedized design, and a voice-capable Flexible Network™ Radio, the Intermec CN51 by Honeywell is well suited for any field workforce. Designed to operate on either CDMA or UMTS wireless networks, it's easy for workers to stay connected. Depending on which network provides the best geographic coverage or the lowest cost, the CN51 can be switched on-the-fly, should coverage needs change.

Scanning barcodes? The CN51’s high performance imagers provide optimal barcode scanning capabilities even in low light scanning environments with unmatched motion tolerance and snappy scanning to eliminate costly delays and user frustration during scan-intensive applications. Interested? Contact us to try it out. We're happy to answer your questions or provide a demo unit.

Visit our website to download a spec sheet.

Watch a short video! 

CN51 Wireless Coverage:

 

 A Versatile Device in the Field:

CN51 Key Features:

  • O/S Versatility – Supports Microsoft® Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android™ 4.1 Operating Systems for flexible application support and migration

  • Display – Large 4" brilliant WVGA multi-touch display allows for more graphical user interface, display-centric applications

  • Rugged – Withstands multiple 1.5m (5ft) drops to concrete across the operating temperature range and an IP64 seal rating against rain and dust

  • Scanning – Features best-in-class motion tolerance, and support for omnidirectional 1D & 2D barcode scanning

  • Flexible Network – Includes UMTS and Flexible Network (UMTS/CDMA) WAN radio options with voice and data support as well as 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and GPS with GLONASS support

  • Battery – Industry-leading performance that lasts a full 8-hour shift and beyond, enhanced by patented smart battery technology

  • Processor – Equipped with a power-efficient 1.5GHz dual core multi-engine Texas Instruments OMAP4 processor architecture, with 1GB RAM and 16GB Flash memory

Dig deeper and take a virtual tourhttp://solutions.intermec.com/NA-US-CN51

Be sure to contact RMS with any questions. We're happy to help!  

Eliminate These 7 Wastes from Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

  
  
  
  

In manufacturing, it's important to eliminate non-value adding processes. There are 7 wastes that are often seen in manufacturing that can easily be eliminated.

  1. Over production - the number of items produced are higher than demand for that product.  This wastes both time and materials.

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  2. Waiting - there is extra time used in the previous, current, or next step.  The result is time wasted for both workers and machines which means low efficiency.

  3. Transportation - materials are moved unnecessarily.  This wastes time and the work-in-progress materials take longer to complete.

  4. Non-value added processing - doing more work than necessary can be due to a poor plant layout or misguided attempts to recover expensive machinery costs. 

  5. Unnecessary motion - movement of people such as bending, stretching, or walking too far is typically due to inappropriate location of tools, parts, and inventory.  This causes workers to be less efficient and can even cause injuries on the job.

  6. Excess inventory - usually a direct result of over-production, having more inventory than needed causes clutter and ultimately costs.

  7. Defects - producing defective parts or products results in rework which wastes time and increases manufacturing costs.

Eliminating waste and running lean. 

To increase efficiency and decrease costs, it is important to eliminate waste throughout the workflow.  Lean manufacturing is the obsession of eliminating waste - defined by lean practitioners as what customers would perceive as processes and actions that don't add value, and for which they don't want to pay for.

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Many see lean manufacturing as companies trying to get more for less, however this can be argued.  The US National Institute of Standards and Technology defines lean as: "A systematic approach to identifying and eliminating waste through continuous improvement, following the product at the pull of the customer in pursuit of perfection."  This definition of lean manufacturing has 5 governing principles:

  1. Deliver value with the customer in mind

  2. Identify the value stream

  3. Make the value flow

  4. Make to order, meaning only make or do things when you need to

  5. Strive for perfection

A Real-time Asset Management Solution can eradicate waste.

Zebra's Material Flow Solution is a comprehensive execution management solution that streamlines the entire replenishment process.  It gives operations the ability to be centrally managed and is designed to support and automate lean replenishment techniques. 

A Material Flow Solution can directly address almost all of the 7 wastes mentioned above.

  • It decreases inventory by 5-10% by cutting the waste of over-production and dramatically reducing excess inventory.

  • It reduces labor costs by 15-20% by eliminating unnecessary waiting, movements and motion.

  • It improves asset utilization by 5-10% by reducing moves towards over-processing and preventing the waste of waiting.

  • It eliminates line stoppages and business interruptions, again cutting into the waste of waiting.

  • It decreases expedite fees, directly impacting the waste of transportation.

  • It reduces cycle times and increase throughput - in line with lean fundamental values and customer-pull principles.

Learn more about lean manufacturing and Zebra's Material Flow Solution - download a whitepaper: Eliminate 7 wastes from your supply chain.

Tyvek® Law Tags - Featured Labels by Datamax-O'Neil

  
  
  
  
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Law tags are on products to inform customers of hidden contents or filling materials used in bedding and other furniture. The contents include those that can be deemed harmful to one’s health.  Over 30 states require these labels so you need to make sure you’re in compliance before launching products.  Tyvek® law tags can be used on many products including:

  • Mattresses
  • Furniture
  • Comforters
  • Pillows
  • Plush toys
Datamax-O'Neil is a trusted provider for high quality labeling solutions.  RMS Omega can work with Datamax-O'Neil to supply you with Tyvek® law tags, or print them for you.

Print your own Tyvek® law tags

I-Class

Print your Tyvek® Law Tags with Datamax-O’Neil’s I-Class industrial printer.  It is rugged, versatile, and offers a superior print quality, fast print speeds, and numerous features and options for the most dynamic enterprise applications.

Let RMS Omega help you.  For more information on Tyvek® law tags & Datamax-O'neil's I-Class printer, please contact us.

Zebra Technologies to Acquire Motorola Solutions Enterprise Business

  
  
  
  

As of April 15th, 2014, Zebra Technologies has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase the Enterprise Business from Motorola Solutions for $3.45 billion. Both companies are leaders in Enterprise Automated Data Capture technologies and Enterprise Asset Intelligence. The transaction, which was approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

RMS Omega holds key partnerships with both Motorola Solutions and Zebra Technologies. Watch a short video from Zebra Technologies, CEO, Anders Gustafsson about the acquisition:


RMS Omega is a Motorola Solutions Platinum Elite Specialist as well as a Zebra Technologies Premier Level Partner and Authorized Full Service Partner. We provide a full product line of enterprise technologies including software and service for both companies. Products include a wide variety of enterprise grade mobile devices, tablets, barcode scanners, printers, wireless infrastructure, RFID readers, specialty labels, tags, supplies, and accessories.

Read the full press release here. 

Learn more about RMS Omega.

Contact us for more information about Zebra Technologies Printing Solutions or Motorola Solutions Enterprise Grade Mobile Computing, Scanning and Wireless Technology. 

 

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Freezer Grade Adhesive Labels for Cold Storage - Featured Labels

  
  
  
  

Are your labels for frozen packages peeling, warping or wrinkling? Labeling frozen packages can be tricky if you don’t have the right materials. For different cold and freezer environments make sure you’re using freezer grade adhesive labels.

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There are a variety of freezer grade adhesives specifically engineered to adhere to frozen surfaces. These labels are developed to work with both Thermal Transfer and Direct Thermal technologies. They feature excellent adhesion to a variety of frozen packaging materials and other substrates over a wide temperature range. Likewise, they are also well suited for applications in moist, damp environments.

Key features for freezer grade adhesive labels:

  • Can be applied on already frozen surfaces
  • Resistant to moisture and frost build-up
  • FDA Compliant for indirect and direct food contact.

Contact RMS for free label samples.

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Featured Printer:

Print your Freezer Grade Adhesive Labels with Datamax-O'Neil's M-Class Mark II. 

Print your Freezer Grade Adhesive labels with the M-Class Mark II, compact, industrial strength printer that offers outstanding value with a broad range of features. The M-Class Mark II has proved to be the perfect solution for warehouse, healthcare, logistics and retail applications.

Click here to download the M-Class Mark II printer specifications.

 

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The Vicious Cycle - Adding Access Points to Fix Wireless Issues?

  
  
  
  

Having an interest in technology and the Internet, I decided to take a networking class.  While in class one night, we broke into groups to discuss a case study.  In this particular case study, the company would soon have an increase in users requiring wireless access to the internet at one of their facilities.  To prepare, the company began to evaluate how to handle the rise in wireless users and what to do regarding their wireless access points (APs).  They already had some, but they were concerned it wouldn’t be enough to handle the increase in users connecting to the network.  Our assignment was to evaluate their situation and help the company avoid any future issues.

While discussing the case with my group, one of my peers suggested that the company should add more access points to accommodate the increase of wireless internet users.  What do you think? The more users connecting the more access points you’ll need, right? Wrong.

The vicious cycle.

Although most people believe adding access points will make their wireless connection stronger, it can actually makes the signal appear weaker.  Hmm... How could that happen?

The signal from one access point can actually interfere with the signal from another access point if they are not positioned correctly and your device can have difficultly determining which access point to connect to.  The result will cause your device to completely disconnect.  So, in an area that devices can connect to multiple access points, yours may not be connected to any at all.  This confusion between access points will slow down the internet speed on your device.  Also, if your device is searching for a network to connect to it eats up a lot of battery life, causing your batteries to lose charge faster. 

When this happens, most people are quick to blame the problem on either their devices or faulty access points.  They often either spend more money on purchasing new hardware or end up installing additional access points.  However, putting in more access points without evaluating your current system will make the problem even worse – the VICIOUS cycle.

When is it a wireless issue?

lYou may be surprised!  If you’re having issues with your devices, it may not be a problem with the device itself.  How can you tell?  Ask yourself and your employees some of the following questions: 

  • Do your scanning devices lock up or freeze when users are working with them?
  • Do your mobile devices operate differently from location to location?
  • Do you wish your handhelds operated faster?
  • Are your batteries not lasting an entire shift?
  • Does it take a long time to complete wireless transactions?
  • Is it difficult to work in specific areas of the facility?
  • Do wireless devices drop connection while being used or while roaming around the facility?
  • Has productivity dropped while using wireless devices?
  • Do your mobile devices need to be re-booted to get them to start working again?
  • Are you changing batteries frequently?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to look into your wireless system before spending unnecessary funds on new or additional hardware. In fact, you may already have everything you need.

How do you fix it?

Rather than adding more access points which can potentially harm your wireless connectivity, access points can be placed strategically around a facility for an optimum connection.  Often times you can use the ones you already have!

RMS Omega provides a wireless service called Analysis and Optimization, or A&O, to analyze and improve wireless connectivity throughout your facility.  An A&O is performed to identify and correct poor coverage, dead zones or incorrectly installed hardware.  Our wireless engineers conduct a physical walkthrough, using specialized equipment and analytical software to report wireless signal strength.  After developing reports and heat maps, you get a clear idea of what changes need to be made.

If you’d like more information about our wireless services, visit our website or give us a call!

Tying it all together – What did our group decide to do?

And you’re probably wondering what our group’s final suggestion was – start off by adding in more wired desktop computers for internet access so not as many people will be connecting wirelessly.  Just leave the access points alone!

Protecting your Products with Tamper Evident Barcode Labels

  
  
  
  

Product counterfeiting, label switching, warranty tampering and vandalism cause enormous annual losses for product manufacturers and retailers. Datamax-O'Neil's Tamper Evident Film is designed to deter these losses and verify product authenticity, ascertaining that the product itself is intact and that the labeling has not been switched or altered.

Tamper Evident Film is waterproof, grease-resistant, and does not break down when exposed to temperature fluctuations — so despite the best efforts of today’s thieves, your property will be protected. Tamper evident asset-tracking labels are simple to apply and extremely effective. After the label has been adhered to the product and allowed to set up, it cannot be removed without leaving telltale evidence of tampering, and it can never be transferred to another product.

Tamper evident labelsTamper Evident Labels are used for:

  • Protecting your products and equipment
  • Automotive & parts labels
  • Electrical & electronic goods
  • Secure packaging
  • Aircraft and automotive inspection maintenance

* Print your Tamper Evident labels with Datamax-O'Neil's scratch and solvent resistant, Wax-Resin and Resin ribbons for a clean dark and durable image.

Learn more - Download a brochure for Datamax-O'Neil Tamper Evident Labels.

For FREE SAMPLE Labels, please contact us! RMS Omega is a Datamax-O'Neil Valued Partner.

Print Tamper Evident Labels with a High Performance Industrial Printer.

Print your Tamper Evident labels with the rugged and versatile H-Class industrial printer, which offers a superior print quality, fast print speeds, and numerous features and options for the most dynamic enterprise applications. The H-Class printer is ideal for high volume label printing in:

  • Manufacturingh class
  • Warehouse and Logistics
  • Transportation
  • High Resolution Labeling

Business with a Personal Touch - Motorola's New TC55 Touch Computer

  
  
  
  

Featured Product -Motorola's New Ruggedized Touch Computer, The TC55

Motorola TC55Small, sleek, and as easy to use as your smart phone.

To get the job done, workers need access to critical applications out in the field. They also want a business device that is every bit as small, sleek, and easy to use as their own personal smart phones, but today's smart phones fall far short of the feature set needed in business. The TC55 pocket-sized all touch computer has it all: smart phone ergonomics, good looks, and best-in-class practical business durability, combined with all the functionality workers need to work smarter and better serve their customers.

Enterprise-class comprehensive data capabilities help automate and reduce cycle times so that workers can capture virtually any type of data at the press of a button: 1D/2D bar codes in practically any condition, documents, photos, signatures, videos and NFC-based information. The best audio support in its class, with two front-facing speakers, two microphones, and noise canceling technology ensure crystal clear audio on both ends of a call. Plus, the TC55 is loaded with features that give it long-lasting durability, making it easy to achieve an average three-year lifespan.

Lower Total Cost of Ownership than your Typical Smartphone.

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The TC55 is built for the enterprise. Get an up close and personal look, ask us about getting your hands on one today.

Get all the speeds and feeds - Download a specification sheet for the TC55.

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  • 4 ft./1.2 m drop - Military standard rating for reliability despite inevitable drops

  • IP67 -Survives submersion in water for 30 minutes

  • 150 1.5 ft./0.5 m tumbles - Survives 300 consecutive hits in Motorola’s tumble drum

  • Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display/scanner exit -  Prevents scratches and shattering when dropped

  • 3-5 year average life cycle

Contact RMS Omega for more information! We're happy to answer your questions.

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