Logistics giant DB Schenker aims at improving efficiency by implementing ProGlove – an intelligent scanning glove – at its warehouse in Eching near Munich.
ProGlove is a device for scanning barcodes in the picking process. The small and lightweight scanning unit is attached to a glove worn by associates in the warehouse. ProGlove is placed on the back of a hand and it is activated by pressing the thumb and forefinger together.
After scanning a barcode, the associate receives optical, acoustic and haptic feedback. Visual communication with the warehouse management system (i.e. quantities, next pick location) can be conducted via a tablet.
DB Schenker supplies the production of a leading German car manufacturer with automotive parts in Eching. Services include core warehouse functions such as inbound and outbound logistics, storage of automotive parts and empties handling, but also include value added services such as repackaging of disposable packaging into reusable packaging.
While traditional ring scanners are not ergonomic and difficult to use, ProGlove enables associates to work faster, safer and easier in the picking process. The associates can continuously deploy both hands during operations without having to search or reach out to a scanner in between. In turn, this results in process savings of up to 40 percent in comparison to usual scanners.
“An extension to further warehouse locations is planned and will be realised soon”, says Tom Schmitt, chief commercial officer & member of the Board Contract Logistics, Schenker AG.
Thomas Kirchner, co-founder and CEO of ProGlove: “The development of ProGlove follows the idea that humans will continue to be an important center of industry in the future. That’s why we’ve developed a lightweight and intuitive smart glove that can be used without any integration effort. ProGlove supports the employee in his daily work and connects him with Industry 4.0.”