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Software developer opens WMS research lab

Softeon has created a Warehouse of the Future Lab to continue innovation in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

August 15, 2018

RESTON, Virginia – Softeon has created a Warehouse of the Future Lab, under which it will continue innovation in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) and beyond.

The company is investing in innovation in the belief that there are significant opportunities for WMS functionality gains even for its advanced warehouse management solution.

Most recently Softeon has been working on systems to integrate picking sub-systems such as voice, pick carts, put walls and pick-to-light without the need for any additional third-party control software. This provides significant benefits to distribution operations, such as dramatically lowering hardware costs for the picking sub-systems and devices, eliminating the need for integration between the WMS and the picking system control software, and enabling enhanced optimization of the end-to-end picking process through complete control with one system.

More recently, Softeon added – available as part of the WMS or as a standalone solution – a similar direct integration with and optimization of the increasingly popular mobile robots being used in distribution.

The success of these and other initiatives drove Softeon to formalize its efforts with the creation of the Warehouse of the Future Lab. The lab is a physical centre, with significant dedicated space at Softeon’s Reston, Virginia headquarters. That space is necessary to develop advanced integrations with all types of DC automation, including the rapidly evolving landscape of distribution robotics.

The lab is also the center for Softeon software engineers to continue to push the envelope in terms of general WMS enhancements. Current research includes areas such areas as capturing and utilizing demand signals from IOT devices, use of next-generation real-time location systems in the DC, leveraging machine learning techniques in the WMS and much more.

“The Softeon Warehouse of the Future Lab is demonstrating the many ways WMS can continue to be enhanced and deliver new levels of productivity and value to shippers,” says Dan Gilmore, CMO at Softeon. “The lab has already led to breakthrough capabilities in use today at our customers’ facilities, with an exciting pipeline of other innovations on the way.”