Managing barcode scanners and label printers might not be a task your internal IT team has the capacity to take on as they focus on other aspects of moving your business forward. However, configuring your mobile inventory devices to the specific needs of your warehouse is necessary for successful hardware implementation, management, and maintenance. This is the foundation of your barcode inventory system.
From installing operating system updates to troubleshooting evolving operations, sometimes you need additional assistance to meet your company's needs. RF-SMART's Hardware Professional Services (HPS) equips your team to overcome ever-changing industry demands, rising pressures and shifting conditions.
|In this blog post, we walk you through the steps for configuring and maintaining your devices. We'll also explain how services like Hardware Professional Services can ensure each barcode scanner and label printer is always up-to-date and ready-to-use, no matter which ERP you’ve adopted in your business model.|
Before your barcode scanners and label printers can make a positive impact on the efficiency of your warehouse, they need to be configured to operate safely and successfully. This multi-step process will guide you to adjust your hardware to fit your enterprise workflow and get the most out of your investment.
To help your hardware perform optimally, follow these steps:
1) Identify requirements
Every warehouse operation is slightly—or vastly—different from one another. Whether you’re adapting to the size of your inventory, your operating speed, or the number of users and workers in your warehouse, it’s necessary to pinpoint your needs based on your specific means of operations.
2) Select devices
The hardware you select will need to offer the configuration necessary to launch and function properly with your workload. From distance-range capabilities of barcode scanners, to label printers fit for your bin material, there are many moving parts to this decision-making process.
3) Configure for your warehouse
The wireless settings of your hardware need to be formatted to connect to your personalized network. Your scanner and hardware settings need to function optimally with your barcodes and other data in order to keep the workday running smoothly and deliver accurate information to your staff.
4) Train warehouse staff
User-friendliness plays a major role with the adoption of hardware in your warehouse operations. Investing in purpose-built hardware available to meet the demands of your business may not be enough—your staff also needs to be able to understand, utilize, and manage your hardware at every level on a daily basis.
5) Conduct ongoing updates and maintenance
The marriage between hardware and software in a warehouse can pave the way for more accurate inventory management, better efficiency, and higher performance throughout your operations. However, knowing how to conduct ongoing updates and keeping your hardware supply maintained will play a vital role in making the most of your technology.
While these steps can be time consuming, they are necessary for uninterrupted operations at a daily level, in any industry. To help alleviate our customers from this intricate process, RF-SMART offers a hand through HPS.
By providing you with in-house solutions to deploy, manage, and maintain all your hardware, RF-SMART can be a vital part of your team. From configuration and deployment to continuous device maintenance and spare pool management, with HPS your project’s success is our responsibility.
RF-SMART HPS can help you establish and re-evaluate your operating model to be more efficient, safer, and smarter. No matter the size of your warehouse supply—or the warehouse itself—we have your back through:
We’ve seen customers go from one single location with very few devices to over 400 devices spanning 50 different locations without a pause in operations. At such a scale, our HPS team helped set the customer up to maximize efficiency. We worked with them to understand what needed to be configured, how much equipment they had, what tests needed to be done, and how to make the most of their warehouse layout.
We recently covered this topic in an episode of our Taking Inventory podcast: RF-SMART Hardware Professional Services. Take a listen:
In addition to device configuration, here are a few additional services RF-SMART's HPS Team offers:
To succeed at every step of the way, the RF-SMART's Hardware Team:
At RF-SMART, providing and assisting with mobile inventory devices are just a couple ways we have our customers’ backs. In addition, you can take advantage of our hardware offerings regardless of what Warehouse Management Software (WMS) or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) your company uses. From small to large businesses, growing to established, current or new, your project’s success is our responsibility.
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