Future-Proofing The Warehouse: Augmented Reality & The HD4000 From Zebra Technologies

Warehouse managers are always looking for new ways to improve the efficiency of their picking operations. With the ‘Amazon effect’ continuing to change the speed at which customers want their orders fulfilled, the modern warehouse is looking to new and emergent technologies to help it match the pace of today’s eCommerce market. And with new innovations and advancements being made all the time, augmented reality (AR) is proving to be one of the most intriguing ways to drive human errors down and increase productivity across a busy warehouse.

AR has made waves across myriad industries in 2019, covering everything from unique marketing and promotional opportunities to new ways for users to keep themselves entertained through innovative interactive experiences. It’s helping transform the retail sector with enhanced shopping experiences and guide students around campuses and schools in education. It’s a technology with a huge number of potential applications, and that makes it an exciting prospect for those looking to future proof their warehouse and fulfilment infrastructures.

Improving efficiency and productivity

Exciting because AR gives warehouse operators the ability to vastly improve the efficiency of their order picking and fulfilment operations. Now supervisors and managers can deliver updated order and stock information direct to the heads-up display of a user on the warehouse floor, while operators themselves can track item locations, optimum routes around a warehouse and much more, all from a hands-free solution.

One such hands-free solution comes from mobility hardware innovator and Peak-Ryzex partner Zebra Technologies, with the introduction of its new HD4000 Enterprise Head-Mounted Display. Developed in collaboration with Six15 Technologies, a leader in wearable optical displays, the HD4000 showcases how this technology of tomorrow has the potential to transform even the largest of warehouse operations.

Lightweight and comfortable

The wearable tech features a full colour OLED 640 x 400 display, with a 9-axis integrated sensor that tracks head movement alongside a 5MP camera. With an eye relief distance of 18mm – and a total weight of barely an ounce – users can wear these lightweight ‘smart glasses’ for long periods of time without suffering from needless eye strain. Built for enterprise operations, the HD4000 is ready for the rugged demands of today’s busy enterprise warehouse infrastructure.

By utilising a hands-free option, your workers can access the picking data they need to fulfil orders with increased productivity and accuracy. A device such as the HD4000 comes with Warehouse Templates right out of the box, so you can incorporate into your existing WMS setup with the power of Zebra’s FulfilmentEdge platform.

You can even pair it with other hardware to incorporate scanning and mobile computing to enhance efficiency, such as the RS5100 Ring Scanner and WT6000 Wearable Computer from Zebra. And with considerable experience delivering end-to-end mobility solutions into some of the largest names in enterprise warehousing, Peak-Ryzex is ready to help you leverage the power of the latest innovations in AR.

Key takeaways

  • Augmented reality (AR) is a warehouse-ready tool
  • Connects warehouse operators with up-to-date data
  • Transform your picking operation with improved accuracy and speed
  • HD4000 Enterprise Head-Mounted Display builds on Zebra’s experience in enterprise mobility technology
  • Combine with ring scanners, touch computers and other hardware

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