Data glasses: a fascination or a toy?
Is suitable Pick-by-Vision as a solution for the warehouse?
What is itPick-by-Vision?
In warehouse logistics, Pick by Vision is a picking method with data glasses that helps the picker to find his storage location (storage location) quickly and to guide him through the picking process without errors. Does the picking method really work in a warehouse?
How does it work Pick-by-Vision?
Pick by Vision actually works very simply in logistics. The picker (user) puts the data glasses on his nose. The data glasses are connected to the warehouse management system via WLAN. The order is started. With a small projector a content is projected onto the glass in real time. The order picker can see the image by "looking" upwards (augmented reality). The data glasses show the employee the most important information: storage location and quantity.
The order picker does not need any more to make a pick from the storage compartment. He then scans the article or storage compartment with a barcode scanner. The stock is corrected in real-time in the warehouse management system. The error rate should be minimal.
What support and flexibility does it offer Pick-by-Vision?
Due to the light data glasses this is Pick-by-Vision very flexible. We will show you in a moment whether the technology as a picking method really supports the employees in intralogistics.
Is the data glasses suitable for storage?
The data glasses are absolutely unsuitable for storage. Although the employee has his hands free during picking, he has to constantly "squint" at the small picture, which makes the work very unpleasant and tiring after a short time. Concentration diminishes very quickly. His field of vision is severely restricted, which can also be very dangerous in a warehouse. If someone does not wear glasses at all, the data glasses can violate his privacy. There are special versions for spectacle wearers.
When we presented the Pick-by-Vision picking process at the Logimat 2015, the excitement was just great. Afterwards, however, several studies proved that data glasses are not suitable for the warehouse.
No wonder that the first missions with the Pick-by-Vision were quickly over and instead of data glasses other techniques like Pick-by-Tablet, Pick-by-Watch or even Pick-to-Light and Voice Picking were used.
What does the picker actually need?
That really is the crucial question! Actually, it's all about information. For simple processes, the input of a storage location and the number of pieces is sufficient. There are enough other technical possibilities to give the employee the information. Why then the data glasses? No idea!
The simple information can be displayed on a watch or tablet. Why then use the disadvantages of data glasses?
Is Pick-by-Vision and the data glasses a toy for decision makers?
Some managers and decision-makers are tense in their search for innovations in order to better present themselves to other colleagues and the press. The picker and his needs are often forgotten. It would be good if the decision-makers would only pick for a week with the data glasses themselves for 8 hours a day.
We strongly believe that after such an introductory phase the toy is forgotten and thrown into the corner. LUCA is one of the professional suppliers of order picking systems.
For this reason we Pick-by-Vision no longer offer picking in warehouse logistics.
If you want to Pick-by-Vision use it, please contact our competitors. These companies have specialized in Pick-by-Vision warehouse logistics:
- Picavi Ltd
- Cinovation GmbH
Other suppliers and vendors do Pick-by-Vision not play a role. We see no advantages in Pick-by-Vision solutions, only disadvantages.
The data glasses are not suitable Pick-by-Vision as picking method for picking. The data glasses can be excellently used for supporting assembly, research, simulations and training. The constant wearing of data glasses can make you tired and nervous. It restricts the field of vision. The error rate increases very quickly with the duration of work. There are other picking systems that can be better used in intralogistics and warehouse logistics.
From our point of view, this Pick-by-Vision has only disadvantages and no advantages. It is innovative and no longer special.