The growth of machine automation, smart devices, and data-producing sensors in equipment has brought immense promise, especially in an age of high-volume, high-complexity eCommerce, distribution, and fulfillment. IoT has the potential to create more efficient, cost effective, and reliable warehouse environments that are safer, more comfortable, more secure, and better poised to maximize customer satisfaction. However, the sheer number, complexity, and output of connected devices has created new challenges as well.
How can companies harmonize each respective data stream, avoid information overload, and identify valuable data? How do they get different systems with different standards to talk to each other? How do they set up functional analytics, and identify useful patterns? And even if all this can be accomplished, how do they implement changes, apply controls, and optimize their environments based on that data?
If you’ve recognized how challenging (and promising) IoT in the warehouse environment will be for your organization, you may already be looking for the solution.
Enter The Connected Warehouse™
The Connected Warehouse™ is Tompkins’ reinvention of the warehouse environment for the digital age. It integrates three key elements: people, processes, and automation. It is built upon SensorThink™, the world’s first IoT and data integration platform designed for the warehouse. The Connected Warehouse™ is ultimately about creating the future agile company; a place where people and technology integrate, leading to operations that are responsive, intelligent, cost-effective, and robust.
The Power of SensorThink™
Every piece of digital information generated in the warehouse can be collected, processed, stored, and analyzed, allowing one to manage material handling automation, security, HVAC, lighting, lift trucks, maintenance systems, and more in ways never before possible. SensorThink’s cloud-based machine learning and cross-platform analytics engine allows you to view and analyze this information within the building or across the distribution network. For the first time, SensorThink ties all of the elements of production, performance, and execution into a single platform.
Tompkins WES Integration
The Tompkins Warehouse Execution System (WES) is the first system designed to capitalize on IoT in the warehouse. Now integrated with the SensorThink platform, it makes orchestration of The Connected Warehouse™ possible. Tompkins WES can access information from IoT and non-IoT enabled devices, machines and sensors, as well as other software solutions. This unique interaction with the warehouse’s digital landscape allows Tompkins WES to manage operational tasks and material handling automation in an unprecedented fashion, while providing a seamless view of process, data, and performance. The combination of Tompkins WES and SensorThink provides distribution center operators with visibility and capabilities that until now were simply unavailable.
An Expert Consulting Team
The Connected Warehouse™ is a solution tailored to your needs by Tompkins' expert supply chain business consultants. We will start by assessing your operations and understanding your organizational goals. Our team will then plan, design, and implement a unique integration of the technologies described above, providing you with uprecendented operational transparency and control.
Tompkins fully services and supports every Connected Warehouse™ implementation, and will provide post-deployment assistance, training, and optimization, including expansion of your systems and facilities to keep pace with (and drive) your growth. To experience the benefits of the next generation of warehouse technology, get in touch with our supply chain business consulting team today.
Watch our video below to learn more about The Connected Warehouse™.