Real-time location system for warehouse equipment

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Raymond has introduced the next-generation iWarehouse RTLS (iW.RTLS), a real-time location system.

It reinforces facility rules and supports proper lift truck operation by slowing a Raymond lift truck down or bringing it to a controlled stop within a facility’s defined zones.

iW.RTLS is a patented technology that uses ultrawideband (UWB) to determine positions of tags on lift trucks and pedestrian badges and is accurate to within approximately three feet, based on the tag’s relative position to the anchors in fixed locations around the warehouse.

Using geofencing and zoning capabilities, iW.RTLS helps keep lift trucks, operators and pedestrians in the right place at the right time. Zones can be created around pedestrian areas or busy intersections and will notify lift truck operators that they are in predetermined zones with objects of concern.

Zones can also be created around facility environments, such as creating keep-in / keep-out zones to notify operators of height-restricted areas, freezer areas, very narrow aisles, and indoor and outdoor areas.

Working in conjunction with the iWarehouse telematics solution, this technology equips facility managers with increased visibility across an entire operation. 

It can identify high-traffic areas of congestion for route planning, summarize zone violations to reinforce operator training,  and show locations of locked out equipment. as well, identifying the location of frequent idle time helps reduce unproductive hours by increasing operating efficiency and accuracy.

 “We listened to our customers talk about their operational challenges and designed iW.RTLS to offer an easier, more effective way to manage an operation’s fleet and personnel throughout a facility,”  said Erica Moyer, product manager, RTLS, ObjectSense and Pick2Pallet at The Raymond Corporation.

Raymond’s initial version of RTLS launched in 2019, and has the capability to define zones, but it does not bring the lift truck to a stop. This version can be used with legacy Raymond models and other forklift brands.