Drone Solutions for Warehouse Management

Fli Drone provides drone-based digital inventory management solutions for supply chain companies. Deploy drones for 10x impact on warehouse inventory counts.

Benefits

Autonomous drone solutions create economic, efficiency and safety benefits for warehouse management.

Increased ROI

Minimal capital expenditure. Shorter time-to-value. Immediate impact on bottom line.

Better Efficiency

More frequent cycle counts. Faster item search. Real-time inventory data. Shorter shut-downs.

Greater Safety

Improved worker and asset safety. Lower risk of injury when counting hard-to-reach inventory. 

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Higher Reliability

Stable drone navigation through narrow aisles. Improved recognition and location accuracy.

Drone Warehouse ROI

Drone warehouse solutions create quantitative and qualitative benefits for inventory counts. Margins increase due to reduction in labor, equipment and management costs. Fulfillment metrics improve due to faster cycle counts that need fewer hours of aisle closures. Revenues are enhanced due to fewer stockouts, shorter shutdowns and lower inventory write-offs. Injuries reduce via aerial scans of hard-to-reach locations.

More than 3x faster & up to 3x cheaper versus manual counts

Payback period as short as 1 year, IRR potential of over 30% over 3 years

Repeatable, fully traceable, quickly auditable cycle counts

Amortization of UAV investments across multiple sites, use-cases

Solution

Fli Drone combines intelligent software with reliable, off-the-shelf drone hardware for safe and cost-effective automation of inventory counts in warehouses, distribution centers, and even retail stores such as warehouse clubs.

We provide a rapidly scalable solution for drones in warehouses and seamlessly integrate with warehouse management systems. Our technology adapts to a variety of case/pallet storage formats, barcodes, QR codes and inventory counting processes.

Our drones accurately navigate in GPS-denied environments and are enabled by multi-sensor fusion, computer vision and machine learning techniques.

Autonomous Drone

Without relying on skilled human pilots, drones can take-off from their home locations, navigate in and around narrow aisles, and land precisely where required. This is possible despite the lack of GPS inside the warehouse. Drone technology uses advanced robotics, automation and computer vision techniques and to make such indoor autonomous navigation possible, reliable, and repeatable.

Operation Center

With only an Ethernet and a power connection, the drone ground station(s) can be made operational – with the ability to remotely manage a fleet of drones flying indoors. A trained operator can plan, execute and monitor inventory count missions, watch live video feeds, ensure safe operations, and step through location-wise barcode and image data, as need be.

Charging Pad

There are both manual and autonomous options for (re)charging drone batteries. The best option depends on your warehouse layout, target cycle count frequency, size of rack storage areas, and other inventory metrics that you wish to target. With precision landing built-in and mission plannings, drones land themselves on charging pads, charge themselves, and take off for the next count.

Detailed Reports

Besides location-wise data for bin labels and pallet/case barcodes, drones ensure that multiple images are captured and archived for each location. This data can then be used by warehouse stakeholders manually (for audits, second counts, etc.) – as well as by algorithms for object recognition, empty/full slot detection, etc.

WMS Integration

CSV-based data exports and imports may be good to start with, but our systems can also push inventory data automatically into your warehouse management system using its APIs. Working with your internal IT and WMS support teams, data collected during drone inventory scans can be displayed and archived on the premise, in the cloud, or on backup storage. This is invaluable for internal and external inventory reconciliation by independent auditors, 3PL customers, and corporate stakeholders etc.

Use Cases

 

  • Inventory Search & Reconciliation
  • Cycle Counting & Audits
  • Item Marking & Recognition
  • Order Picking Optimization
  • Empty & Full Slot Detection
  • Yard Management
  • Very Narrow Aisles (VNAs)
  • Case Reserve
  • Pallet Reserve
  • 1st vs 2nd Count

Get Your Free Consultation

We look forward to walking you through the process. With just a few pieces of information about your operations, we can provide an ROI calculation so you can see the economic benefits that drone-based warehouse management solutions will provide to your business.