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Order-picking system

Zebra Technologies Corporation's FulfillmentEdge system enables real-time workflows


December 3, 2019
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Zebra says its new system can increase productivity by 24 percent.

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – Using Android-based mobile computers and innovative optional accessories like the new enterprise-class HD4000 head-mounted display, Zebra Technologies Corporation’s FulfillmentEdge system enables real-time workflows and routing mobile workers for picking, packing and put-away.

Zebra also introduced the new single-finger RS5100 wireless ring scanner, providing mobile workers with an ultra-light hands-free scanning option.

FulfillmentEdge integrates existing real-time WMS data with real-time location information, providing visibility into the location of workers, inventory and material handling assets. The solution then analyzes the information and creates real-time workflows that can contain visual directions to the next pick location and photos of the item to ensure picking accuracy.

Zebra claims the system can boost worker productivity by up to 24 percent.

“The on-demand economy is placing pressure on warehouse operations to quickly fulfill more orders than ever before, requiring a highly productive and efficient workforce,” said Joe White, senior vice-president of enterprise mobile computing, Zebra Technologies.

“Zebra’s intuitive FulfillmentEdge software and optional HD4000 head-mounted display provide mobile workers with clear, step-by-step instructions that reduce training time by 90 percent to allow near-instant onboarding while decision makers benefit from the real-time insights and analytics that enable better data-driven decisions.”

Zebra’s 2024 Warehousing Vision Study found that 62 percent of companies say they plan to add or upgrade to wearable computers, such as smart watches, smart glasses or hip-mounted devices.

Zebra’s first enterprise-class, head-mounted display is lightweight for hands-free and heads-up, directed-action workflows that increase task efficiency and accuracy by overlaying contextual information such as shelf location and layout, pick quantity, remaining picks and bin sorting information within each worker’s field of vision.

The rugged, monocular HD4000 head-mounted display is an optional accessory for select mobile computers capable of running the FulfillmentEdge solution. It tethers via USB, providing all-day power to workers who can benefit from hands-free, directed-action workflows.

The single-finger RS5100 Bluetooth ring scanner helps improve worker productivity by freeing up workers’ hands for inventory management, picking, packing and sorting applications in industrial environments. Zebra’s smallest and lightest ring scanner offers a long battery life and features a single-sided- or double-trigger to enable workers to use gloves or bare hands for all-day comfort.

It also supports NFC tap-to-pair with most Zebra enterprise-class Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices and offers high-performance 1D/2D omnidirectional scanning to maximize worker productivity.