Warehouse drones for inventory management

Boost warehouse productivity and safeguard your staff with autonomous cycle counts
MEET INVENTAIRY XL

Warehouse drones for inventory management

Boost warehouse productivity and safeguard your staff with autonomous stocktakes

Designed for:

CYCLE COUNTS

EMPTY BIN AUDITS

PUT-AWAY AUDITS

WMS INTEGRATION

Automated stocktakes with warehouse drones

Say goodbye to inefficient, expensive, and often hazardous inventory control processes and hello to commercial drones in warehouse management, with the fully autonomous inventAIRy XL solution.

Developed by doks. innovation GmbH and supplied and supported by RAWview across Europe, inventAIRy XL takes warehouse safety, productivity and profitability to a new world.

Who can benefit?

Distribution Centres & Warehouses
Autonomous barcode scans reduce demand for labour, equipment and time

Third-party logistics
Improve customer satisfaction and meet customer SLAs at a fraction of the cost

Cargo and freight forwarding
Easily adapt cycle count frequency with higher supply chain velocity

The benefits to your warehouse

Calculate your payback period in 7 steps

We've developed this quick and easy tool to help you accurately forecast the payback period on your company's investment in automated drone-based inventory counts with the inventAIRy XL solution.

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Based on the information provided, we've estimated an investment payback period of:

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Based on the details supplied, drones may not be the right solution for you from a cost saving perspective.

inventAIRy XL is best suited to operators who wish to increase the regularity of their inventory counts, which would otherwise be expensive to do using manual processes.

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UNPARALLELED EFFICIENCY

With a work rate in excess of 400 locations per hour; that’s more than 2000 locations per mission, inventAIRy XL is able to conduct cycle counts considerably faster than even the slickest of manual operations.

IMPROVED STAFF WELFARE

An indoor drone solution, designed to take humans out of the loop, inventAIRy XL completely eliminates Health & Safety risks, such as working at height and in close proximity to machinery.

LOWER INVENTORY COSTS

Not only does inventAIRy XL remove the labour cost of inventory counts, it reduces the usage and subsequently the hire (or depreciation) of MEWPs, whilst also dramatically improving inventory accuracy.

UNMATCHED SIMPLICITY

inventAIRy XL can be implemented easily and with very few steps. The system is designed to be deployed with virtually no disruption to existing processes, nor does it require modifications to warehouse infrastructure.

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UNPARALLELED EFFICIENCY

With a work rate in excess of 400 locations per hour; that’s more than 2000 locations per mission, inventAIRy XL is able to conduct cycle counts considerably faster than even the slickest of manual operations.

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IMPROVED STAFF WELFARE

An indoor drone solution, designed to take humans out of the loop, inventAIRy XL completely eliminates Health & Safety risks, such as working at height and in close proximity to machinery.

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LOWER INVENTORY COSTS

Not only does inventAIRy XL remove the labour cost of inventory counts, it reduces the usage and subsequently the hire (or depreciation) of MEWPs, whilst also dramatically improving inventory accuracy.

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UNMATCHED SIMPLICITY

inventAIRy XL can be implemented easily and with very few steps. The system is designed to be deployed with virtually no disruption to existing processes, nor does it require modifications to warehouse infrastructure.

The workflow of inventAIRy XL

Comprising a drone with sensors for barcode scanning, a ground robot for autonomous navigation, and intelligent software to make the data usable, inventAIRy XL enables precise localisation and fully automated recording of all pallet locations within a racked warehouse facility.

The unique combination with the ground vehicle means that inventAIRy XL overcomes the three biggest limitations of autonomous drone use in a warehouse environment: flight endurance, flight safety, and zero access to GPS.

Automate your inventory control

CYCLE COUNTS

EMPTY BIN AUDITS

PUTAWAY AUDITS

WMS INTEGRATION

Relieve your warehouse operatives of this time-consuming, expensive, yet business-critical task.

With a workrate of up to 2000 pallet locations per mission, inventAIRy XL gives you the
capacity to enhance your inventory accuracy and data currency, without any human intervention whatsoever.

One of the biggest contributors to warehouse efficiency is Putaway Cycle Time. With inaccurate WMS data, your forklift operatives waste valuable time going to pallet spaces that are already occupied.

By design, inventAIRy XL automatically detects and notifies your team of all pallet spaces that are actually available to receive inbound stock.

When the velocity of inventory in and out of the warehouse is high, it’s natural that human error can come to the fore – this is especially true of the putaway process.

Through a tight integration with your WMS or ERP, inventAIRy XL knows precisely which rack location each pallet should be in and can alert your team whenever an anomaly is detected.

inventAIRy XL is agnostic when it comes to 2-way data compatibility – as long as your WMS or ERP software can generate and receive a .csv or .xml file, the inventAIRy XL system will be able to function as intended.

3 simple steps to implementation

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1. FEASIBILITY

Confirmation of warehouse suitability and forecast investment payback period

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2. PROOF-OF-CONCEPT

On-site deployment of the solution to validate the use case and quantify the benefits

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3. IMPLEMENTATION

Deploy the solution at scale; whether that be at one warehouse or throughout your entire estate

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If you're ready for drone-based inventory counts, or want to get a deeper insight into how the technology could help you, drop us a message

3 simple steps to implementation

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1. FEASIBILITY

Confirmation of warehouse suitability and forecast investment payback period

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2. PROOF-OF-CONCEPT

On-site deployment of the solution to validate the use case and quantify the benefits

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3. IMPLEMENTATION

Deploy the solution at scale; whether that be at one warehouse or throughout your entire estate

Get In Touch
If you're ready for drone-based inventory counts, or want to get a deeper insight into how the technology could help you, drop us a message

Ready to take control of your inventory?

Get In Touch
If you're ready for drone-based inventory counts, or want to get a deeper insight into how the technology could help you, drop us a message

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Frequently Asked Questions

What fundamental issues does inventAIRy XL resolve?
The solution has been developed to improve the fidelity of warehouse inventory data, whilst reducing the time, cost and safety risks associated with manual counting processes.

At its core, the solution is developed to prove or disprove that the real-world situation within a warehouse is aligned with its WMS inventory records. Some examples of the issues inventAIRy XL is proven to resolve:

 

inventAIRy XL feature Net result to warehouse operation
Accesses high and hard to reach locations Reduced H&S risks and usage of MEWPs
Real-time validation of inventory levels Reduced rates of inventory shrinkage
Real-time validation of empty rack locations Improved put-away efficiency and productivity
Real-time detection of put-away errors Improved picking accuracy and productivity
Photographic evidence of inventory counts Thorough and transparent audit trails
Fast & fully autonomous inventory counts Operational and financial resilience against increased cycle count obligations, reduced labour cost, improved overall productivity, higher operating margin
How many rack locations can inventAIRyXL scan on a single mission?
As long as the barcode labels are of a reasonable quality (ie. not faded or torn), a single inventAIRy XL system can scan in excess of 2000 rack locations in a single mission.
Will I need to change my warehouse infrastructure?
Absolutely not! This is one of the elements that makes the inventAIRy XL solution unique.

In contrast to other solutions, inventAIRy XL does NOT require any adaptation to existing warehouse infrastructure, such as strategic placement of ArUco markers or creation of WiFi access points, to facilitate the drones’ navigation. Instead, all navigation is carried out by the system’s ground robot, which is pre-programmed with a digital twin of the warehouse (floor area, aisle positions, rack dimensions, bin locations etc). As a result, deployment of the inventAIRy XL solution can be achieved without any modifications to the warehouse’s physical layout whatsoever.

Can the solution detect empty bins?
Yes. The role of inventAIRy XL is essentially to prove or disprove that the real-world situation matches with information logged in the WMS – this includes validation of empty bins.
Can it count pallets stored 2 or 3-deep on racks?
No. The system can only count what the drone can physically see from the aisle, so is designed for customers who store pallets 1-deep on racks, with barcodes that face the aisle.
Can inventAIRy XL work at night or during other periods of downtime?
Yes. In fact, this is one of the features that customers find the most useful and is completely unique to the inventAIRy XL solution. The system is designed to work in both lit and unlit environments. As a result, you have the flexibility to schedule missions to take place during warehouse downtime, meaning staff have a completely accurate inventory baseline when the next shift starts.
Will the solution actually save us money?
We aim to deliver payback periods of less than 12-months, but ultimately this depends on the following factors:

  • The scale of your warehouse operation
  • The human time and cost to meet your current and/or future cycle count obligations/aspirations
  • The extent of financial loss suffered as a result of inaccurate inventory records

To calculate the potential savings from an inventAIRy XL deployment at your facility, we suggest using our cost saving calculator.

How long does a Proof of Concept take?
We can prove the value of this solution within just one day, on your own facility, with no disruption to your day-to-day operations. Within 24 hours you’ll be able to see exactly how much value the solution will bring to your operation.
How long does implementation take?
Adding the inventAIRy XL solution to your warehouse takes approximately two weeks (depending on warehouse size and complexity), all with minimal disruption to your daily operations. That means you could be enjoying huge savings, more accurate inventory counts and safer warehouses within a month of getting in touch with us!
What areas does RAWview cover?

RAWview currently supply and support the inventAIRy XL solution across Europe, including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Scandinavia.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the fundamental issues that inventAIRy XL is designed to resolve?
The solution has been developed to improve the fidelity of warehouse inventory data, whilst reducing the time, cost and safety risks associated with manual counting processes.

At its core, the solution is developed to prove or disprove that the real-world situation within a warehouse is aligned with its WMS inventory records. Some examples of the issues inventAIRy XL is proven to resolve:

 

inventAIRy XL feature Net result to warehouse operation
Accesses high and hard to reach locations Reduced H&S risks and usage of MEWPs
Real-time validation of inventory levels Reduced rates of inventory shrinkage
Real-time validation of empty rack locations Improved put-away efficiency and productivity
Real-time detection of put-away errors Improved picking accuracy and productivity
Photographic evidence of inventory counts Thorough and transparent audit trails
Fast & fully autonomous inventory counts Operational and financial resilience against increased cycle count obligations, reduced labour cost, improved overall productivity, higher operating margin
How many rack locations can inventAIRy XL scan on a single mission?
As long as the barcode labels are of a reasonable quality (ie. not faded or torn), a single inventAIRy XL system can scan in excess of 2000 rack locations in a single mission.
Can inventAIRy XL work at night or during other periods of downtime?
Yes. In fact, this is one of the features that customers find the most useful and is completely unique to the inventAIRy XL solution. The system is designed to work in both lit and unlit environments. As a result, you have the flexibility to schedule missions to take place during warehouse downtime, meaning staff have a completely accurate inventory baseline when the next shift starts.
Will I need to make big changes to my existing warehouse infrastructure?
Absolutely not! This is one of the elements that makes the inventAIRy XL solution unique.

In contrast to other solutions, inventAIRy XL does NOT require any adaptation to existing warehouse infrastructure, such as strategic placement of ArUco markers or creation of WiFi access points, to facilitate the drones’ navigation. Instead, all navigation is carried out by the system’s ground robot, which is pre-programmed with a digital twin of the warehouse (floor area, aisle positions, rack dimensions, bin locations etc). As a result, deployment of the inventAIRy XL solution can be achieved without any modifications to the warehouse’s physical layout whatsoever.

Can the solution detect empty bins?
Yes. The role of inventAIRy XL is essentially to prove or disprove that the real-world situation matches with information logged in the WMS – this includes validation of empty bins.
Can the solution count pallets that are stored 2 or 3-deep on racks?
No. The system can only count what the drone can physically see from the aisle, so is designed for customers who store pallets 1-deep on racks, with barcodes that face the aisle.
Will the solution actually save us money?
This really depends on the following factors:

  • The scale of your warehouse operation
  • The human time and cost to meet your current and/or future cycle count obligations/aspirations
  • The extent of financial loss suffered as a result of inaccurate inventory records

To calculate the potential savings from an inventAIRy XL deployment at your facility, we suggest using our cost saving calculator.

How long does a Proof of Concept take?
We can prove the value of this solution within just one day, on your own facility, with no disruption to your day-to-day operations. Within 24 hours you’ll be able to see exactly how much value the solution will bring to your operation.
How long does implementation take?
Adding the inventAIRy XL solution to your warehouse takes approximately two weeks (depending on warehouse size and complexity), all with minimal disruption to your daily operations. That means you could be enjoying huge savings, more accurate inventory counts and safer warehouses within a month of getting in touch with us!
What areas does RAWview cover?

RAWview currently supply and support the inventAIRy XL solution across Europe, including the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Scandinavia.

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