The project was performed in a distribution center in the Netherlands. DHL in collaboration with the client Ricoh has tested successfully the Google Glass and the Vuzix M100 in combination with an Augmented Reality Application. The software developed by the Google at work Partner Ubimax was able to create high savings in picking time. Due to the use of this application a sensational efficiency increase of 25% could be reached.
The AR-based picking avoids unnecessary handles and is significantly more productive. The technology is a great support for our employees and offers our customers a real added value. However, this is only the first step of our innovation strategy, because we are convinced that augmented reality will be relevant to more and more areas of the supply chain in the future „
– Jan-Willem De Jong, Business Unit Director Technology of DHL Supply Chain, Benelux.
The innovative picking solution xPick from Ubimax provides step by step instructions directly into the field of vision of the employers. Thereby the employers are able to follow the work free-handed. This speeds up the whole picking process and decreases the error rate.
Convinced through the success of the pilot project and the measured increase in efficiency of 25%, DHL is planning a further feasibility study to the AR-Applications, which will be established in other areas of the supply chain.