Automated Data Collection: Count the Ways Its Saves

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 automatic identification and data capture (AIDC).
What is Automated Data Collection?
Automated Data Collection is a system of collecting data without human interaction or manual tasks. But, the collection of data is just half of the equation. Next, the data is inputted into an ERP or other backend system. Again, this happens automatically. As a result, data is immediately available for analysis. So, you can take action to address any issues without waiting for data to be manually processed.
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 data allows easier and faster identification of processes that waste time.
One example of this is inventory. 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 data automatically takes this accuracy beyond inventory. There are no more errors occurring from handwriting, or from multi-tasking employees.
AIDC Cuts Supply Costs
Automation also cuts supply chain costs and is good for the environment. 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 quickly identify possible changes to improve efficiency and save on labor cost.
Some may question the initial cost of an automated data collection 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 that will more than pay for itself in the long run.
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