A key step in any receiving operation is the induction process, which requires the ability to uniquely identify cartons, boxes, cases or polybags for induction into inventory. Induction into a distribution and fulfillment system typically occurs when product is unloaded from an inbound truck. There, barcode readers and cameras scan the universal product code (UPC) symbol on the package, request routing information from the warehouse execution system, and route inbound inventory to their correct locations.
The ability to accurately read UPC codes is critical to the induction process. Depending on the receiving operation, the UPC code can be unique or representative of a product type, product family or a specific SKU number. Common barriers to accurate barcode scanning include:
- Smudged, damaged, hidden, covered or inaccessible barcodes
- Insufficient product spacing on the conveyor, making it difficult to locate UPCs
- High conveyor speeds that don’t allow ample time to read the barcodes
Unfortunately, these challenges lead to poor read rates, which can result in inventory inaccuracies and throughput throttling. Honeywell Intelligrated solves these problems with a combination of advanced barcode reading and accumulation conveyor technologies, including:
- Zero-pressure, accumulation conveyors
- Laser barcode readers
- Barcode-reading cameras
- Warehouse execution systems
Through expert consultation and the combination of these solutions, we’re able to achieve industry-leading read rate accuracies of 99 percent.