Thursday 16 July 2020

Germany: Higher efficiency thanks to a new view – DB Schenker implements smart picking glasses for warehouse logistics

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Picavi smart picking solution test phase completed - Large-scale roll-out planned after successful local implementation in Germany - Significant efficiency gains from pick-by-vision solution

Leading global logistics service provider DB Schenker has successfully introduced Picavi’s smart glasses in order-picking operations, with the goal of implementing the smart picking solution as standard procedure across multiple locations. During a trial period, the smart picking application was thoroughly explored in Bremen and Rodgau, Germany, with the team in Rodgau combining the solution with intelligent scanning glove ProGlove.

A video illustrates the testing in Rodgau:

Xavier Garijo, Board Member for Contract Logistics at DB Schenker, said, “Here at DB Schenker, we are continuously searching for ways to improve our operations by efficiency gains. Our partnerships with Picavi and ProGlove are two of our latest success stories as we drive innovations in contract logistics. By introducing smart glasses and smart gloves in our warehouses, we are investing in our future as the supply chain partner of choice for companies around the world.”

Picavi uses Google Glasses to project required information into the user’s field of vision. This means warehouse workers have both hands available for their primary work of picking goods instead of holding a hand scanner and paper documents. The innovative, handsfree solution maximizes productivity while minimizing error rates.

ProGlove is an intelligent scanning glove which is activated by pressing a button on the glove, allowing employees to use both hands for picking and further increasing productivity. ProGlove is already in use at DB Schenker’s warehouse in Eching, near Munich.

DB Schenker’s location in Bremen supplies contract logistics solutions for the automotive industry. The usage of Picavi glasses led to a measurable and direct increase in efficiency compared to the previously hand-held scanners. Employees praised their ergonomic advantages and ease-of-use.

The second implementation took place in Rodgau, near Frankfurt, where Picavi glasses are used in combination with ProGlove to further increase efficiency.

Jens Harig, CEO of Picavi: “The fact that a company like DB Schenker, with almost 800 contract logistics locations worldwide, has effectively implemented a proof of concept with us testifies to the performance of the Picavi smart glasses. The strong visual guidance and hands-free approach distinguishes the pick-by-vision solution from other picking systems. This is where we set standards for the market - and within the future of DB Schenker.”

The smart-picking solution consists of two components: the glasses and either a finger ring or scanning glove. After the ordered item is picked, which is recorded by the ring or glove scanner, the next order is displayed on the lens of the glasses. The user only needs to look up slightly, meaning their normal field of vision is not compromised. The system is controlled using buttons on the battery pack, which weighs just 200 grams and is attached to the employee’s belt.

The cooperation with Picavi is the latest project in digitalization and innovation, as DB Schenker works to create the warehouse of the future. Other recent examples include virtual reality training for forklift drivers and the implementation of exoskeletons to relieve warehouse employees of heavy loads.

(Source: DB Schenker)

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Picavi and ProGlove devices in action © DB Schenker
Higher efficiency thanks to smart picking