With the warehouse execution solution, powered by machine vision technology, Continental achieves productivity,
greater precision and transparency in its day-to-day operations. Other camera-based ImageID portals will be deployed in the United States and Lithuania.
Productivity gain of 20 to 25%
Continental previously managed its goods receipt process using hand scanners, which involved a lot of effort and took several minutes per pallet. To save time and improve productivity and accuracy, the ZetesMedea warehouse execution system and an ImageID gantry were deployed. One of Continental’s pilot sites is in Ingolstadt. A high volume of pallets are received there every day, with up to 60 cases stacked on each pallet. Each crate has a label with a 2D barcode that must be read and compared to incoming deliveries in SAP.
Upon receipt of the goods, the pallets are transported from the truck to the ImageID gantry.
Zetes’ ImageID cameras are installed on tripods to the left and right of the door that separates the goods receipt area and the warehouse. The other components consist of a traffic light and a mobile workstation with mobile scanner, label printer and monitor. This monitor displays the user-friendly ZetesMedea Web User Interface (Web UI).
Real-time comparison with SAP
The scanning process, which only takes a few seconds, begins as soon as the forklift operator places the pallet between the two camera tripods. During the scanning process, ZetesMedea not only reads the tag data. It also compares them in real time with the incoming deliveries in SAP. If everything is in order, the light changes to green and Zetes ImageID triggers the opening of the door. The label printer then automatically generates a totals label with SAP. If individual barcodes were not recognized during the scanning process, for example because they are damaged or covered, the operator is informed of this by the traffic light, as well as by the web user interface ( WEB UI). In these cases, the operator receives a visual notification and can then enter the missing information using the hand scanner, in a targeted manner and without time-consuming searching. Once this process is complete, the storage process can begin. “Thanks to this technology, we can work faster on receiving goods, with higher quality,” says Andreas Dinzinger, Head of SCM Warehouse and Shipping in Ingolstadt. The return on investment should be less than two years.
Continental expects an even shorter payback period with the second installation of the ImageID portal in Groß-Rohrheim (South Hesse). Continental operates a central logistics center there for spare parts for passenger vehicles with an area of 34,000 square meters. Unlike Ingolstadt, barcodes captured in Groß-Rohrheim are 1D type (instead of 2D). Another difference lies in the reading distance between the palette and the camera. This is actually not a problem, as ZetesMedea and the ImageID gantry are able to capture all barcodes within a user-defined reading range. In practice, this means that the reading area can be several square meters in size, which offers great flexibility.
Press release from ZetesMedea.