Smart logistics and Industry 4.0 have created an ever growing demand for data input as a tool to optimise supply chains and reach required profit levels. RAVAS forklift scales provide data on material flows, making these data available to the proper people and software platforms in a company's organisation, through the integration of connected trucks. These data allow companies to streamline their supply chains and reduce their cost. Smart attachments like RAVAS iForks will shift lift truck value away from mere materials handling, in the direction of data sampling.
Smart attachments sample data on connected trucks
Take the example of an LTL carrier, handling a constant stream of inbound pallet shipments every day, and shipping them out to their destination in freight trucks and sea containers. Let's say that a fleet of connected forklift trucks offloads these pallet shipments from inbound freight trucks, providing a continuous stream of data on these materials to the company's ERP system. Every pallet lifted out of the freight truck is identified, weighed on the forks of the lift truck, and dimensioned. The resulting data set on the pallet shipment is communicated with the ERP system. And all this on the fly, en route from a freight truck to a buffer zone in the company's warehouse.
These data, sampled during the first minute that a pallet spends on its cross docking journey through the warehouse, allow the ERP system to increase the company's efficiency, reduce its cost and optimize its revenue. The number of pallet movements within the warehouse is reduced to the necessary minimum, eliminating driving back and forth to floor scales and static dimensioning equipment. The inbound and outbound destination of the pallet is known the moment it is lifted out of the freight truck.
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