Advantech Network Communications for Efficient Warehouse Management
Intensive competition in the e-Commerce marketplace brings decisive warfare into logistics domain
As IoT technologies develop drastically, the Internet world becomes an extremely prosperous trading marketplace. Now that Covid 19 engulfs the entire world, the convenient “One-key Safe Shopping” has largely changed consumer habits. According to data released by Shopify, Sales Amount of e-Commerce reached up to 14% of 2019 Annual Retail Sales, a new record high again. Experts predict that this figure will maintain steady growth and break through 20% by 2025.
Gradual maturity of robotic applications enables intelligent warehouse management
While pursuing high-speed and conveniences, making the best use of automated devices further strengthens an Intelligent Warehouse and elevates responding speed of the entire warehousing system. Yet this reveals another major challenge: how to effectively manage these devices and make right decisions in the event of incidents?
Advantech warehouse network communication solution builds up reliable wireless management system for modern warehouses
In this example case, Advantech has provided a reliable communication solution to assist the customer in monitoring AGV operation in real time. The solution consists of 3 key components:
- The first one is used for monitoring operation conditions and travel routes of the AGV, with “Positioning Control Software” provided for error indication
- The second one is a “Serial Device Server” on-board the AGV for wireless communication
- The third one is a “Communication System” that provides communication between the Control Center and the AGV.
WebAccess/NMSThe Advantech WebAccess is a positioning control software that evolved into an IoT application platform in recent years. Users are enabled to access the WebAccess, control positions of devices, and collect comprehensive data of automation. WebAccess is also capable of data exchange with a software system at the user end, allowing the user to easily integrate automated facilities.
EKI-1360 SeriesWLAN Serial Device Server of the Advantech EKI-1360 Series supports 802.11a/b/g/n protocol and provides smooth wireless communication for IoT Devices, allowing PLC to reply AGV conditions in real time. The EKI-1360 Series device servers are also capable of serial-to-Ethernet conversion; there is therefore no need for the user to spend more on developing further software programs.
EKI-7700 SeriesAdvantech EKI-7700 series managed Ethernet switch configures a backbone network, using optical high-speed ring network redundancy technology. By combining this backbone with several wireless APs and serial device, a sound and reliable communication system is thereby established between the control center and AGVs.
EKI-6333AC SeriesThe Advantech EKI-6333AC Wireless AP with 802.11ac 2x2 MU-MIMO ultra-high data transfer speed effectively enhances stable linkage of the wireless network. Its multi-encryption mechanism (WEP, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise) furthermore guarantees network transmission security.
The cross-domain e-Commerce market still has room for growth, to which smart warehousing system will be a key ancillary force
Kuei Lang 郎閣揆
Industrila-IoT Group marketing, Advantech