Avoid the effects of warehouse automation downtime with mobile SCADA
Distribution SCADA systems for warehouse automation avoid the effects of downtime in the distribution process.
If you are running a modern, automated warehouse or distribution centre, you will most likely be operating according to a Just-in-Time service model. Your stakeholders – the retail stores, manufacturing partners and end consumers - cannot afford downtime, mistakes or out of stocks due to equipment malfunction.
Monitor your automated warehouse using a mobile device
The effects of system downtime can have a catastrophic impact on sales and having the ability to respond quickly to unplanned downtime is essential. A mobile SCADA system like EXTEND7000 can play an important role in achieving this. It works by enabling the automated conveyors, high bay unmanned cranes, sortation systems and storage racking within a modern warehouse or DC to be monitored, controlled and maintained using ordinary mobile devices. Our distribution SCADA system is capable of scaling to monitor hundreds of thousands of system parameters (tags), EXTEND7000 can monitor a wide range of data sources including existing SCADA systems, PLCs and databases.
When a tag being monitored by EXTEND7000 meets a pre-defined notification condition, an alert message is triggered which is sent directly to team members responsible for maintaining distribution systems. With mobile access to monitor the systems and view technical documents and maintenance history, both response and fix times can be dramatically reduced.
For planned maintenance activities, EXTEND7000 can be integrated to a plant maintenance system, keeping the host system up-to-date in real time and eliminating paperwork. Fully integrated with mobile SCADA, engineers are equipped with a single mobile tool to process planned work orders, receive automated alert notifications, and perform fault diagnosis.
High impact results = fastest possible ROI
SCHAD works with a wide range of different organisations for whom EXTEND7000 is having a significant impact as a distribution SCADA solution, reducing unscheduled downtime by as much as 60% in the warehouse and distribution centre. The fact that automation specialists also rely on our software to add enhanced value and functionality to their existing installations, demonstrates the contribution EXTEND7000 makes in a very short timeframe to improving operational efficiency - through lower downtime, shortened response times and lower labour costs.
“Vanderlande sees EXTEND7000 as a vital tool for us to ensure we meet our KPIs. We can control many different operations using a single device, staff no longer have to make unnecessary journeys and the whole team is better informed at all times, which means we can be so much more efficient.”
Thomas Gebbert, Service Account Manager at Vanderlande
Organisations that benefit from EXTEND7000 include:
- Multi-channel retailers, e-tailers and mail order specialists
- Logistics providers and 3PLs
- Manufacturing - distribution operations
- Automation equipment specialists
Benefits of EXTEND7000 as a distribution SCADA system:
- Delivers alerts directly to the right engineer
- Access to historical information
- Powerful reporting
- Co-ordinate engineering maintenance activities remotely
- Real-time update of Plant Maintenance System
- Eliminate paperwork and data entry costs
- Monitor and control multiple warehouses or DCs from anywhere
- High security and availability
- Unlimited scalability
- Fast and simple to implement.
- Cut unscheduled downtime and fix time by between 38 - 60%
- Improve service levels by 10 - 25%
- Increase warehouse productivity and throughput
- Lower labour costs
- Fast payback with a return on investment typically in 6 – 9 months.