INTEGRATION OF EXTERNAL HARDWARE AND IOT DEVICES

Sensors in logistics processes

If you want to use external sensors to automate processes and make digital information available in real time, you have a wide range of possibilities in the open source area.


APPLICATION FIELDS FOR SENSORS
There are many places in the operation of a yard or warehouse where environmental variables can be picked up, processed and provided by sensors to digitise and automate processes:
Temperature sensors, for example, can be very well integrated into the IT landscape using IoT. Measurement data can be used for quality checks and warnings can be generated.

Often the same smart sensors can also measure air pressure and humidity, which is particularly useful in the manufacturing industry or for bulk goods. Movement or inclination sensors in mechanical and plant engineering are able to identify accidents. If a critical event has been reported, a system check can be forced in order to support compliance with quality standards.


APPLICATION EXAMPLE: SMART LOADING POINT CALL-OFFS
In order to reduce the standing and waiting times of trucks on the factory premises, it makes sense to track arrivals and departures at locations in real time. Sensors can be used to determine whether the loading point is currently free or occupied. As soon as a loading point is vacant, the IT system can notify the next waiting truck driver so that he can independently drive to the loading point that has just become vacant.

In summary, the following added values can be achieved through the use of a sensory charging point monitoring system:

  • Optimum utilisation of loading capacities
  • Transparency at the loading points about the current status (occupied or free) 
  • Further reduction of manual process steps
  • Automation of subsequent processes (status & activity change)
  • Avoidance of language barriers between driver and staff
  • Reduction of personnel-binding activities (routes to the truck)
  • Reduction of standing & waiting times

THE DIGITAL SUPPLY CHAIN AS A VISION?
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