Are you experiencing decrease in productivity due to Wi-Fi downtime? Design your network for coverage without any interference to increase efficiency and productivity.

Warehouse and distribution centres are classic examples of dynamic industrial environments that present communications and technology challenges much more stringent than those of the carpeted space. Today’s warehouses are bigger, taller and more densely packed than ever. There are more SKUs, shorter cycles, and a premium on fast, accurate fulfilment and deployment of cloud WMS solutions, resulting in numerous warehouse Wi-Fi Challenges.

It’s surprising how many organisations have been using Wi-Fi technology that isn’t the right fit for them. Industrial environments require far more than a standard wireless solution to cope with day to day operations, and an inconsistent connection can seriously impact productivity, reliability and efficiency.

In complex working environments such as plants, warehouses and ports which are open to interference and extreme temperatures, industrial networks need to be reliable, persistent and surpass expectations, no matter what’s thrown at them. However, matching the power and performance needed to guarantee a dependable connection for everyday use is no easy task.

Warning Signs of Trouble with the Wi-Fi in your Warehouse

  • Inconsistent service in different locations
  • Sporadic Wi-Fi coverage during certain time periods
  • Slow connectivity
  • Scanners that freeze up
  • Unusual battery drainage

As companies strive to respond more quickly and accurately to customer demands, the value of efficient process automation and inventory visibility, storage, movement and control is hard to overestimate. As warehouse environments become more reliant on real-time communications technology to automate and streamline processes, the initial step towards achieving flawless fulfilment is deployment of a truly industrial-strength warehouse WIFI and mobile solution.

Industrial wireless and mobile challenges

The nature of industrial environments is in a constant state of flux, requiring wireless networks to quickly adapt to changing dynamics. Inventory and equipment are continuously being shipped and moved, changing the physical state of the space virtually minute-to-minute. There is also their growing size, with structures getting bigger, taller and more dense, and often encompassing both indoor and outdoor facilities and hundreds of thousands of square feet that challenge coverage and connectivity. Equally important is the need for mobility. Industrial environments have never been more on the move – in terms of people, equipment, materials and merchandise – than they are today.

Challenging warehouse environments need industrial-strength wireless networks to overcome numerous issues and pain points.

Industrial wireless pain points

Sheer size

As warehouses increase in size, a lack of seamless nomadic communications with workers roaming the space can cause costly inefficiencies in virtually every function – from receiving to picking to shipping.

Downtime and unavailability

With automation and mechanisation so critical to warehouse process efficiency, unreliable technology leads to downtime that can wreak costly havoc in operations, customer satisfaction and ROI.

Bottlenecks and congestion

Older, outdated warehouse technology is too often unable to deliver the high levels of bandwidth needed to overcome efficiency-sapping operational bottlenecks.

Device proliferation

An inability to support today’s wide variety of devices – laptops, handheld computers, tablets, barcode scanners, mobile printers, RFID readers and more – leads to unreliable communications and process automation.

Industrial warehouse Wi-Fi and mobile solutions

Industrial-strength wireless networks enable automation and mechanisation of labour-intensive processes such as receiving, put-away, storage, cycle counting, picking, packing, loading and shipping. They can also deliver high performance in difficult cold storage environments such as refrigerators, freezers and coolers. Industrial wireless systems deliver real-time access to the WMS, providing a robust and reliable user interface on a range of devices to enhance worker productivity. They provide persistent connections on roaming warehouse equipment such as forklifts and crawlers, as well as connectivity for all handheld scanners and mobile computers in use across the space. The networks can also help assure efficiency with locationing capabilities that identify the presence of workers, assets and vehicles for optimal task management. The result is secure, streamlined end–to-end operations in warehouses and distribution centres, and throughout the entire supply chain.

In Summary

Every warehouse business is concerned with productivity and efficiency. The problem however, is that many struggle to gain the right amount of visibility into their operations that allows them to make better informed decisions.

In order to avoid increasing operational costs, many warehouse businesses have turned to wireless technologies, software and real-time data to solve their operational issues.

The key to your success is having the proper foundation to support those new initiatives; this is where having a fast, reliable and secure wireless network becomes a critical utility.

Ask yourself the following key questions to ensure you get industrial strength WLAN that can meet your daily demands and ensure all your software solutions such as your cloud WMS run efficiently.

  1. Can your WLAN support reliable mobile connectivity in a complex and dynamic environment?
  2.  Can your network support a plethora of consumer and industrial strength devices?
  3.  Can your industrial network deliver the optimum amount of bandwidth for each voice, data and video application?
  4. Do you have the tools and/or resources to monitor and manage your industrial wireless network and devices in real time?
  5. Can you deploy a unified corporate-wide WLAN optimised for both carpeted and industrial environments?

About us:

Speak to one of our team to understand how Clarus’ WMS system can cost effectively support best practice warehouse management processes, better customer service and highly efficient working for a range of warehouse operations with pay per month options and no IT infrastructure needed.

Our platform can scale from a one user, small depot system to a 100’s of user distribution centre operation. The Clarus WMS platform will cost effectively scale with your business based on demand.

Clarus WMS is a UK based supplier of warehouse management solutions with a wealth of industry experience in third party logistics, wholesale / retail distribution, online fulfilment and manufacturing warehousing.