Automated Inbound Receiving

Improve traceability, reduce manual handling, and lower operational costs during the inbound process.

To improve product traceability at the warehouse receiving area, logistics providers need to implement traceability solutions within their operations to meet delivery expectation goals. This is accomplished with more effective inventory tracking, capturing information about package whereabouts, and controlling loss. Scanning packages as they enter the warehouse enables companies to find issues faster and manage expectations with the store or end customer.

In many cases, organizations have no traceability at warehouse receiving, or the process is checking off items on a printed list. In other situations, handheld laser scanners are used to scan incoming items. However, in both situations, inaccuracies and inefficiencies can occur which can lead to lost money, poor inventory control, and the inability to trace a problem to its source.

Even with product traceability methods in place, occasionally codes on boxes are mis-read or not read at all and these issues can cause errors through the rest of the downstream processes. Inventory levels become inaccurate, or the wrong products are shipped or lost, leading to wasted money, rework, and customer dissatisfaction. Misread items can incur damage just by being stored in the wrong place.

Improving Traceability at the Dock Door
There are a few ways to improve traceability within the warehouse receiving area. Solutions vary based on how many operators your facility requires as well as throughput requirements.

Cognex Modular Vision Tunnels, featuring DataMan barcode readers, are logistics scan tunnels that can read codes quickly, efficiently, and accurately. Using advanced algorithms and decoding technology, these scan tunnels offer up to 99.9% read rates even for damaged and torn codes, or codes covered in shiny material. Additionally, these readers capture output data and images that enable logistics managers to identify problems quickly during the inbound process, saving time, money, and rework.

Hands-Free Barcode Reading at the Dock Door
Cognex hands-free overhead scanning solutions, featuring DataMan image-based barcode readers, offer a method to reading codes quickly, efficiently, and accurately.

The overhead scanning configuration allows operators to read and load more boxes per minute than if using handheld or ring scanners. This dock door hands-free approach ensures distribution or fulfillment facilities ship the correct items, improves inventory accuracy, eliminates costly returns, and improves overall package traceability.

Cognex Modular Vision Tunnels
These barcode scan tunnel systems are designed for high-volume distribution facilities and help logistics providers decrease manual handling and cost of operations. Featuring DataMan image-based barcode readers, these tunnels provide complete, high-speed reading coverage regardless of the position or condition of the codes. In addition, Cognex barcode scanning systems use advanced algorithms, such as 1D/2D QuickSort, 1DMax with Hotbars technology, 2DMax with PowerGrid technology to accurately read codes at extreme angles (up to 85 degrees) to enable packages and parcels to be placed closer together to increase throughput.