Master data forms the basis of error-free warehouse operation. For robots, shuttles and other machines to handle goods optimally, they need a comprehensive and extensive set of data. But this is easier said than done. Usually, goods arriving at warehouses come from different suppliers and the quality of their data varies profoundly. If this sounds familiar to you, then you’re probably tired of having to spend so much time on recording the attributes needed for automation manually. Acquiring master data is just extremely labor-intensive and involves a high risk of error.
Intelligent software solutions make managing master data a breeze with transparent data collection starting back at goods-in. The solutions are compatible with smartphones and tablets, making it easy for warehouse employees to capture important product information. Has a pallet, tray or single item been delivered? What’s the structure of the pallet, how have the products been stacked? How many levels does the stack have? What properties do the trays have? The employees answer these questions using a straightforward, intuitive questionnaire.
To have physical properties such as volume, weight and measurements automatically recorded, warehouse employees place one item at a time on a scanner, which measures the product within seconds and saves the data automatically.
But what really is the greatest benefit of master data recording software?
All item attributes are automatically recorded and digitized, including those that humans have trouble determining. This data forms the basis for warehouse processes further down the line. The fact that the data is automatically collected and subjected to additional verification provides the highest quality. All the data that is needed for automation – called automation master data – is compiled on a local server. Technologies such as robots access this data, giving them vital information on optimal item handling. This helps them to operate better, in turn optimizing performance and efficiency for the entire automation solution and process chain.