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Smart gloves in logistics

Updated: Sep 20, 2021

The warehouse in the supply chain's steps is one of the keys for the success of the logistics and manufacturing processes.

The movement classes, the allocation strategies, the route minimization, play a fundamental role in the warehouse logistics to reduce the stock handling, hence the order fulfillment time to get the just-in-time.

What is the result? Customer satisfied, no risk of obsolescence, space availability, cost reduction.

The technology transformed these processes, increasing their efficiency and effectiveness.

Today I talk to you about the wearable for logistics, in particular the smart gloves.

Yes, exactly, a personal protective equipment that provides hardware and software functions to support logistics and manufacturing core processes, where the number of scannings done in the handling operations per shift is very high.

The smart gloves are composed of a glove and a barcode reader, usually placed on the glove's back, as well as of an access point.

What are the advantages of using this equipment?

The operator who needs to scan the barcode does not have to grab the gun, or the handheld to do the scanning, least of all to put back the equipment after the scanning.

The only thing that the operator has to do is to point the infrared reader, placed on the glove's back, at the barcode and drive the switch, usually placed on the hand's palm, or on the side of the index finger.

Once the barcode is scanned, the access point, or gateway, forwards the data to a backend service to check the correctness of what has been read, or easily to process and save it in the database for traceability.

Sonar and visual alertings are available directly on the reader to inform the operator about the goodness of the read code.

The benefits of such technology are surely a minimization of time for the activities execution, therefore a remarkable growth of productivity.

Some of the technical characteristics of these wearable devices are listed in the following.

The connection type between the reader and gateway can be Bluetooth or WiFi. The transmission range is up to 30 mt in closed spaces and up to 60 mt in open spaces in case of WiFi, or up to 20 mt in closed spaces and up to 40 mt in open spaces in case of Bluetooth.

The number of scannings per battery life depends on the operative conditions, but can reach even the tens of thousands.

The available API are USB, Bluetooth, Android, iOS, RS232.

The reading distance is up to 100 cm for standard range and up to 400 cm for mid range.

Several logistics providers and industries, mostly of the automotive sector, have already widely adopted the use of this wearables in their processes.


In conclusion, if you think that your processes can be improved through the use of these equipment, then try to ask a poc to the manufacturers, alternatively and for other doubts, or suggestions, reach out to us.



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