Many manufactures balk at the upfront costs of automated barcode data collection software. But a look at manual data entry reveals hidden costs. These costs can be significantly reduced by automated data collection through AIDC.
What is Automated Data Collection?
Automated data collection (AIDC) software is a system of collecting data without human interaction or manual tasks. The system automatically collects the data and inputs it into an ERP or other backend system. Automatic data capture eliminates paper documents used to record data.
As a result, information on business processes is immediately available for analysis. So, you can take action to address any issues without waiting for paper documents and manual data processing.
Production managers seek ways to measure and impact efficiency and costs. AIDC does this in several ways at a cost that is repaid over time.
AIDC Saves Time
Data sources for AIDC may come from barcoding or radio frequency identification (RFID). Automated barcode software or RFID technology improves efficiency in a manufacturing environment.
Specifically, this happens through real-time reporting through integrated barcode scanners or other technology. Real-time metrics allow easier and faster identification of business processes that waste time.
One example of this is inventory control. Performing this task via bar code scanning is faster than manual counting.
Also, barcode label scanning puts an end to flawed data resulting from human error. This in itself improves efficiency and reduces cost.
AIDC Ensures Accuracy
Barcode scanning allows more accurate ordering, less waste, and prevention of overstock. Collecting information automatically takes this accuracy beyond inventory. There are no more errors occurring from handwriting, or from multi-tasking employees.
AIDC Cuts Supply Costs
Automated data capture systems also cut supply chain costs. Supplies required for manual record keeping are no longer necessary.
Paper records are now on a computer, saving storage space. This can impact required office and warehouse space and leasing costs.
AIDC Streamlines Labor Tracking
Automating how employees report their working time simplifies labor tracking. This allows streamlined analysis of hours worked departments and pay levels. As a result, you can identify ways to improve efficiency and save on labor cost.
Some may question the initial cost of an automated system. But the cost pales in comparison to the immediate reduction of other costs.
AIDC also provides immediate improvements in efficiency. Overall, it’s an investment in warehouse management that will pay for itself in the long run.
Learn more about Radley’s automated software solutions for data collection and analysis. Or contact us to speak with a Radley specialist on automated data collection systems.