Utilizing Automatic Data Capture (ADC) Technology to its Full Potential

As more Automatic Data Capture (ADC) technology is being put to work, we see more innovation unfold.

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All of the pressure brought on by e-commerce and the subsequent omni-channel fulfillment challenge continues to be a terrific motivator for investment, equipment adoption and process transformation—and if you’re not feeling the heat then maybe it’s time to change careers.

According to our “2017 Warehouse and Distribution Center (DC) Operations Survey” that trend is going to continue, as the level of e-commerce involvement is on a steady growth path. We found that 19% of respondents now say they do omni-channel fulfillment, up 3% from last year, while 37% say they do e-commerce, up by 2% from last year.

“Overall, what we see in the field is consistent with the study results in that there’s more of a requirement for speed and accuracy, and that’s all being driven by increasing customer expectations,” says Don Derewecki, senior consultant with St. Onge Co. and a partner on our survey.

One area that’s gaining more attention is automatic data capture (ADC) solutions, the handheld and stationary bar code scanning and imaging devices, bar code printers and ruggedized mobile computing solutions that play a key role in boosting that speed and accuracy in inventory management and shipping.

In fact, this month in Modern we offer a few features that not only put the ADC market into perspective, but also touch on the evolving role of related mobile technologies that help support faster work flows and automated tasks.

“When you consider new operational demands, it’s a surprise when you realize the ADC market had two sluggish sales years heading into 2017,” says editor at large Bridget McCrea. “However, top analysts say that bar code scanning and printing got off to a fast start in 2017, with a lot of new product announcements working to accelerate investment, so users are coming around to their benefits.”

And as more ADC technology is being put to work, we see more innovation unfold. Editor at large Sara Pearson Specter offers readers an overview of this growing, yet often overlooked segment that’s playing such a vital role in accuracy improvement.

“We’re finding that labeling and marking suppliers are continuously adding new features to ensure the information contained within each printed bar code, regardless of its form or purpose, is read with 100% accuracy every time,” says Specter. “And this innovation is helping operations keep better track of inventory as well as deliver clear destination information on outbound shipments.”

Adding a twist to our coverage, executive editor Bob Trebilcock takes us inside the operations of a century-old, iconic American brand that’s making the leap into e-commerce with a WMS and data collection. However, it’s a Cloud-based WMS built on Apple’s iOS operating system and enabled with iPhones.

“We write a lot about automation today, and it’s truly exciting,” says Trebilcock. “But there are still hundreds, if not thousands, of companies whose products and processes may not lend themselves to mechanical automation, but who can benefit tremendously from automating processes with software and automatic data collection—even if they take a more non-conventional route.”

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KodiakKODIAK Mobile, Industrial Computer
Created specifically for permanent mounting on a forklift, the Kodiak mobile industrial computer runs multiple operating systems out of the box, including Windows 7.x, 8.x, or 10.x, Linux, Android, WEC7 or WES7.

Nautiz X9 Android Handheld
The Nautiz X9 rugged computer is a tough-as-nails Android PDA that can handle any environment a field worker might encounter.

8680 Mini MobileHoneywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions 8680i Wearable Mini-Mobile
The Honeywell 8680i wearable mini mobile computer is a compact, high-performance, hands-free cordless scanner designed to help businesses improve workflow efficiency with every scanning transaction, reducing operational slowdown and support costs, and improving productivity.

blacklineDatalogic SH15 and SH21 Blackline computers
The SH15 Blackline computer is a rugged vehicle mounted computer (VMC) as well as a fixed mount unit. The SH21 Blackline computer is an industrial computer designed for a wall or fixed mount environments. Both computers can be used in most any industrial application.

Zebra Technologies LI3608-ER/LI3678-ER 1D Ultra-Rugged Scanner
As a member of the Zebra 3600 Ultra-Rugged Series of scanners, the practically indestructible 1D LI3608-ER corded and LI3678-ER cordless scanners are ready for one of the world’s toughest environments — the warehouse.

Alien Technology ALR-S350 Ultra High-Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Sled Reader
The new ALR-S350 ultra high-frequency (UHF) radiofrequency identification (RFID) sled reader is engineered for heavy inventory tasks.

JLT Mobile Computers MT2010 Rugged Tablet
You need a tablet that is rugged enough to stand up to the everyday abuse in industries like warehousing, food and beverage, transportation, or ports? While being able to run the applications and software you are already using?

Panasonic Tough PadPanasonic Toughpad FZ-F1 Handheld
The Toughpad FZ-F1 with Windows 10 IoT Mobile Enterprise is one of the thinnest and most lightweight handheld tablets in the 4.7” category. The device offers numerous unique features, including an angled rear barcode reader which protects users from repetitive strain and enhances productivity, and an optional passive and active pen for precise handwriting and signature capture.

Picavi Smart GlassesPicavi Pick-By-Vision Smart Glasses
Are you looking for a competent solution to make your Pick-by-Vision work smoothly? Then Picavi is your answer.

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