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Wearable Technology in the Warehouse Seen Next Week at ProMat 2015 Booth 3953

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Updated 2:17 PM CDT, Mon, March 16,2015

Indianapolis, IN -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/16/2015 -- The most promising wearable technology, smart glasses, will be demonstrated next week at ProMat 2015, booth 3953. Smart glasses offer rich features such as mobile, hands-free picking in addition to a potentially low cost of ownership–benefits that warehouse managers covet. Bastian Solutions will demonstrate Vuzix smart glasses at ProMat 2015 booth (#3953) in Chicago at McCormack Place South from March 23-26.

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Technology has always been a driving factor in supply chain progress and efficiency gains. Damir Kantardzic, President of Bastian Solutions' software solutions division, explained in the company blog that technologies created tremendous productivity gains for the supply chain. As the industry is still enjoying the benefits from this technology, wandering eyes are already looking toward the next technology boost to further increase efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers. As augmented reality and wearable technology continue to mature, their combination appears to be posing as the next hit in the supply chain industry.

Initial challenge came from Google Glass, but after it became apparent Google was more focused on the consumer market and less on the industrial, enterprise environment, other companies like Vuzix were able to enter the market and offer a more industrial solution using smart glasses technology. Vuzix, with strong backing from larger technology companies like Intel, Lenovo and others, provides a great foundation for introducing smart glasses into the supply chain arena.

Smart glasses can be used in many different areas, but the most obvious place where they can be used in warehouses is order picking. The operation is extremely simple. A pick operator wearing smart glasses loads a batch of orders to be picked and asks via the built-in microphone to be given the next location where a pick is to be performed. As operators are navigated toward the location, smart glasses scan the location barcode and validate that the operator is in the right place. The built-in vision system recognizes the product and verifies the correct item is picked. Operators are visually and audibly guided to place the product into the right position on the picking cart. A pick is then complete, and the system updates the order status and inventory levels. Operators execute the prior steps until the batch of orders are completed.

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Bastian Solutions is a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-Commerce fulfillment automation. An innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics, Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations.

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