The online shopping has changed the ways of buying products and services a lot in recent years. We, as consumers shop online and want the products to be delivered as soon as possible. Most of us want the product to be delivered on the same day.
To move and deliver the goods as fast as possible to the end customer, the manufacturers, warehouses and transportation companies need to move these goods faster. But they need to weigh the product at many stages before they deliver it to the end customer. Mobile weighing technologies have come a long way to help in the process and help the logistics companies to deliver the products as fast as possible.
The arrival of mobile weighing technologies and platform scales has made it possible to weigh the weight of a product or package at any time and communicate the same with other parties like manufacturers, warehouses, and logistics. So, let us explore all the pros and cons of mobile weighing technologies for businesses.
Pros of Mobile Weighing Technology
Reduces time and improves safety
Mobile weighing technology has provided a means for weighing and capturing the weight and dimensions of any package during the transition. Every material is not safe to move while measuring it on forklifts or pallet jacks. Therefore, mobile weighing technology offers a means to weigh and capture required data at the time of loading and unloading.
The process doesn’t need to secure a forklift or move the package to a central location. The package is weighed on a forklift or pallet jack which reduces the time required for weighing the product.
It reduces the traffic congestion of products to and from the stationary scale and in turn improve the time of forklift operation. Less traffic congestion also improves the safety of products, packages and workers operating the weighing machines.
Customized weighing systems
Mobile weighing systems have improved the weighing methods used at various stages of manufacturing a product, packaging and distribution. Businesses looking to weigh their products can get customized weighing scales as per their requirements. They can have the weighing scales made with features like data sorting and analysis and remote functionality.
Remote access and monitoring
The innovations in weighing technology has led to the development of mobile weighing scales for a variety of applications. As the mobile weighing scales are lightweight and portable, they can be used at any place and transferred to other places.
For example, remote monitoring enables the farmers to use digital scales to monitor the health of their animals. Also, the remote monitoring is helpful in monitoring the inventory in warehouses, processing lines and retail outlets.
Install them at any place
Mobile weighing scales can be installed on shelves and containers to help determine the changes in weight and indicate the need to restock your supplies. Moreover, users can uninstall them from one place and install them at another place as the installation is easy and simple.
Cons of Mobile Weighing Technology
Customized weighing scales are expensive than conventional scales. Therefore, businesses need to invest more to use the mobile weighing equipment for monitoring their products and packages. The real time monitoring of data requires expensive equipment that businesses need to buy and use at different places. So, businesses need to consider the cost of mobile weighing machines before using them.
Most mobile weighing systems are wireless and work on rechargeable batteries. The systems may not work when in the situation of low batteries. Users need to recharge their batteries from time to time to get the accurate readings. As there is a life of every battery, users need to replace the battery as soon as it gets expired. Moreover, if the replacement battery is not available, the weighing machines may become useless.
To communicate and transfer real time data to every location of operation, logistic companies and warehouses, need to have internet connectivity all the time. In case of downtimes, it may not be possible to transfer real time data and it can also slow down the movement of goods.
The customized weighing scales may not be available for every business at all locations. For example, there are many backward locations where businesses may not get customized weighing solutions, and they need to use standard mobile weighing equipment.
Using the standard equipment for every type of product of package may lead to errors in results. For example, a standard weighing machine cannot be used for counting of tiny items like nails and pins.
These were some pros and cons of using mobile weighing technology for businesses. The technology has made the process of weighing quite easy and convenient. However, businesses need to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of mobile weighing before using it for their products.