AutoID / RFID

RTLS storage location detection in bulk storage

With the automatic recognition of storage zones by means of a real-time locating system ( RTLS ), the position is detected with an accuracy of up to 0.5 m. The storage areas to be monitored can be freely defined. Optionally, the detection of the fork height of a forklift truck in use is possible by means of the locating system. In Auto ID Middleware GRAIDWARE ®, storage locations are predefined with the help of position data. If a storage location is predefined by an external Warehouse Management System ( WMS ), an automatic cross-check is carried out against the recognized storage location. Alternatively, a recognized storage bin can be passed on to an external system without a plausibility check.

In the storage or retrieval process, the identified position coordinates are linked to the AutoID marked goods or goods carriers ( e.g. articles, packages, skeleton containers, pallets, containers, etc. ) during storage. Posting information is transferred to connected third-party systems ( for example, SAP, WMS ). The vehicle drivers can be provided with transport orders for the forklift truck etc. as support or for process control. Optionally, recognized objects, identified storage bins or storageareas can be visualized.

Advantages of RTLS real-time location detection in bulk storage

  • Increase process safety
  • Avoidance of errors due to manual work steps
  • Increase of degree of automation
  • Reduction of non-value-added process times, e.g. manual scanning or regularascending / descending for the registration of load goods and storage locations
  • Avoidance of search times
  • automatic and permanent inventory in the depicted storage area

Examples of use

  • Storage areas, warehouse management
  • Intralogistics

Functions

  • Management of bulk storage areas and / or bulk storage bins
  • Query of forklift truck coordinates when setting down load goods / load carriers
  • Link storage bin with object to be put away ( article, package, pallet, container, etc. )
  • Optional: cross-checking when storage bin is specified by an external system
  • Optional: Visualization with evaluation and overview of the current storage bin situation

Components

Hardware

  • RFID reader for load identification
  • RTLS ( Real-Time Locating System ) on an ultrawideband basis consisting of: permanently installed sensors to cover the locating area, active tags on the forklift truck to detect the position and direction of travel and optionally an active tag to detect the height of the fork
  • Forklift terminal

Software

  • GRAIDWARE ® Middleware additional component storage bin management
  • GRAIDWARE ® Middleware additional component RTLS positioning
  • Ubisense Smart Factory System

System requirements

  • objects to be stored are equipped with Auto ID marking
  • Coverage of the relevant storage areas with tracking system
  • Power supply for forklift truck ( min. 24 V )
  • The GRAIDWARE ® software requirements are valid.

Licensing

  • Smart Factory Production Logistics ( SFP ) Ubisense
  • GRAIDWARE ® Middleware additional component storage location management - site license