You can see it from the package lockers used by major retailers like Amazon, to the personal lockers at Apple. Lockers aren’t just housing textbooks anymore. As with nearly all technology, the drive to become more connected, personalized, and reach new levels has made its way to the humble locker. New automated locker systems are here, and they can mean big things for your business.
As the name suggests, an automated locker is just that – a locker system that can be automated to control reusable assets. However, our innovative automated lockers are not your standard break room vending machines. They’re intelligent.
These locker systems are customizable for virtually any industry and are powered with cloud-based software that provides real-time traceability to help you identify, track, and manage your most important assets.
Here are the 6 benefits your organization can achieve with an automated locker system.
Optimal Use of Assets
Automated locker systems with content surveillance provide insight into what assets you have and their condition. Systems can be configured via wired or wireless connections. Using a content surveillance system, allows you to automate cycling assets for equal use. For example, your automated locker system can verify which asset is in which locker and how many hours it has been used. Then your smart locker will unlock the door to the asset with the least amount of use. This allows the approved members of your team to rotate through the entire pool of assets, rather than repeatedly using a select few.
If you were to add up the time employees and supervisors waste locating the items needed to do their job, you would be blown away. Estimates suggest that supervisors spend as much as 40% of their time “off-task” to make sure their employees have the right equipment to do their job. Misplaced assets caused by human error, paper tracking, or hoarding all decrease productivity. Eliminating these issues with a locker system allows your workforce to be more productive.
Increased Accountability within the Team
When your name is attached to a project, you’re more likely to put in the extra effort to make sure it turns our well, right? The same idea applies to tracking asset use with AssetTracer automated lockers. When an asset is checked out to a specific team member, they will be more likely to return the asset in good condition than if they are randomly picking up and returning equipment. These RFID lockers even have the ability to require dual-authentication sign outs also helping to improve staff accountability.
Lower Costs by Reducing Loss or Theft
As the accountability increases, the need for replacements is likely to drop. There are a handful of reasons why lockers keep your replacement costs low. First, when equipment is returned, there is no need to replace missing equipment – you know exactly where it is. All the other expenses that come from missing equipment, like work time spent searching for equipment, or employees not being able to perform key duties without their equipment, and even the time and money that would go into securing replacement equipment, virtually disappear with a locker system equipped with content surveillance. Finally, automated lockers have been proven to reduce handheld loss by up to 30%.
Monitor Equipment Health and Maintenance
Just like a vehicle, your assets require regular maintenance to ensure optimum performance and longevity. Automated locker systems and cloud-based software can be customized to record asset health and status. This gives your employees the opportunity to record the state of a device as it’s checked in. The most common conditions include low battery, broken screen, defective, or software update required. Locker systems can also be configured to send automated alerts notifying IT teams when a device needs a repair.
Increase Competitive Advantage
Replacing inefficient, manual processes with an automated locker system requiring virtually no human-intervention gives your company an edge that’ll make your competitors envious. AB&R®’s automated locker solutions include individual compartment control, which are ideal for multi-use assets, tools, and instruments. Our modular configurations are also ideal for managing reusable assets of varying sizes and width.
What can these automated locker systems be used for?
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