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Automated Stock Replenishment System

Innovation Lab GmbH (Germany)

The demonstrator is an innovative logistic system based on printed, organic sensor matrices developed by InnovationLab and is used in customer warehouse applications in order to automate stock replenishment of products. It is a wifi enabled device that works seamlessly with existing Kanban-based systems to provide real-time inventory tracking of the company’s sealing products. Printed pressure sensor matrices weigh the products in each bin and wirelessly send this data to the cloud, from where the automated replenishment orders are generated.

It is a wifi enabled device which measures the pressure exerted by stock items in a stock bin,
typically found in a warehouse rack storage facility. The main components of the device is the printed Force Sensing Resistor or FSR. This is measured by a small PCB with the necessary electronics and a long-lasting battery. Assembly is made easier by using printed markers to ensure alignment of the components.
Design focussed on both the aesthetic as well as durability of the device. As the device is used in a warehouse, it is built to withstand rough use. The whole system is cloud-based. Once a shortage is imminent, the system automatically files a replenishment order.

Target Group

  • Manufacturing companies
  • Storage

Attractiveness of the product

  • Inventory management system further provides unprecedented functionality
  • Eliminates the need for the manual scanning of items
  • Time saving
  • Increasing efficiency
  • Reducing costs

Printed Electronics Components

  • Printed conductive path
  • Printed sensor