Brewery company

Automation of a brewery warehouse management system through the voice picking technology.
Start Date
2016
Status
Completed
Industry
Food & Drinks
Location
The Netherlands

Technologies & Frameworks

JavaPythonC#Spring

HibernateApache CamelJMS (ActiveMQ)Jetty

ISD members involved
2

Technologies & Frameworks

JavaPythonC#Spring

HibernateApache CamelJMS (ActiveMQ)Jetty

About the company

The company is the second largest brewery company in the Netherlands and one of the largest European malt producers. In 2021, its turnover reached over 800 million euros. The company has 2 warehouses.

The Challenge

In company’s warehouses, operators pick up orders from different customers. For example, if a customer want 5 boxes of beer and 10 bottles of water, the operator has to walk through the warehouse, find these articles, get the necessary amount, and bring them to a dispatch zone.

The client’s need was to automate the picking orders process in their warehouses. The manual workflow in place relied on printing orders from SAP* (on paper), hand them to the operators, and reporting back to SAP after the orders’ completion. The issues the client was facing included:

  • no order prioritization;
  • no information about the exact location of the articles;
  • unequal distribution of orders per operator;
  • messy or disordered workflow inside the company’s warehouse;
  • large amount of time spent for the completion of an order;
  • additional required resources (paper for printing commands, staff) and salary budgets for operators, SAP specialists.

*SAP is a software for the management of complex business processes. It provides solutions to effectively facilitate data processing and information flow across organizations.

Voice, Text -to-Speech (TTS) and vice versa

The Solution

Our developers and engineers built IntherLC, a software installed on the company’s server based on the voice-picking technology. A big part of the system was written in Java, but other programming languages like Python, C#, JS, and all kind of frameworks and libraries like JavaServer Faces, Angular, Hibernate, Spring, Camel, ActiveMQ, Jetty were also used.

IntherLC gets orders from SAP, releases them in the system, and creates batches of instructions for every operator. It is also generating outbound reports when an order is completed, web reports related to the orders and operators, and dashboards.

Solution

Before using IntherLC

Before using IntherLC

When using IntherLC

When using IntherLC

Voice, Text -to-Speech (TTS) and vice versa

14 voice terminals were installed in company’s warehouses, running on Windows CE OS. Audora, our C# application, is used to play texts and recognize voices. Its role is to play the IntherLC tasks received via Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), convert user voice responses into text, and send them back to IntherLC. Operators are handled in separate threads, and every task must have a reply, transmitted via Nuance, a powerful offline voice recognizing library, written in C.

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Results

The developed system shows the exact location of articles, computes concrete routes per operators, prioritizes orders per day/week etc. It simplified the picking orders process via voice terminals and reduced the time spent on orders.

As a result, the efficiency of the warehouse’s employees increased, while the number of hired workers decreased. Any possible injuries of the operators were diminished, as well as the margin of error produced during items’ gathering.

The company reduced costs spent on taxes and salaries.

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