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StockVUE - Vendor Managed Inventory System Using Scales

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What is StockVUE?

StockVUE is an iOT solution for managing inventory remotely.

It automatically "counts" parts placed in bins by measuring the weights of the contents of the bin using digital weight scales. The scales are networked using routers which collect data from the scales. This data is then uploaded to a secure database in the Cloud. The weight data is then processed to calculate the number of parts in the bins and to generate alerts for stock outs or parts low on stock. Inventory data can be accessed from Anywhere, Anytime on any device using an Internet browser.

 

StockVUE Inventory Management Solution by Weight

What problem does StockVUE address?

Every manufacturer, distributor or end-user of small parts, faces the following challenges:

  • Manual, labor intensive process to monitor inventory
  • High cost of labor and required resources such as vehicle, fuel and per diem costs
  • Lack of remote visibility
  • Higher carrying costs for extra stock on hand in order to avoid stock outs

Distributors who offer Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) Services particularly face this acute problem. They have to provide service level guarantees and availability guarantees to customers. But in order to meet these promises, they have to hire, train and manage personnel who can actually physically go to the Point of Use (POU) sites using a vehicle and take an inventory of parts and create an order and then send it in for fulfillment.

 

How does StockVUE work?

iVMI Diagram

Our inventory management system offers a complete end-to-end hardware and software solution. You can view inventory status from anywhere in the world and effortlessly track inventory at remote customer sites via a PC, Tablet or a mobile phone. Data can be imported or exported into ERP systems offered by Oracle, SAP, SalesForce, NetSuite and others via secure connections for data exchange between databases.

Our solution and the components that make up the solution are covered by US Patent Numbers 7775130, 84952638700828 and others as outlined under our IP Portfolio list.

Key Highlights of StockVUE

 

Automated Counting

of Parts using 

Networked Digital Scales

Wireless Cloud Solution

Windows/iOS/Android 

Compatible

StandAlone Operation

or

Integrated with ERP 

eMail or SMS Alerts

for StockOuts

or Low Parts

 Works for discrete parts,

powders, liquids and gases

stored in tanks

 

In addition to monitoring inventory levels of small discrete parts, StockVUE can be used for many diverse use cases as shown below. Click on a Tab to view the use cases below:


Mail Delivery Companies can use StockVUE to track mail boxes to see if it has a package

Weight-based mailbox tracking iOT application for route management

The StockVUE inventory monitoring system can be used to track mail boxes to see if there is a package in it to be picked up.

Instead of scheduling regular deliveries where a driver has to go to every mailbox on a defined route, they can send a truck only if a package is there to be picked up, reducing cost of fuel, labor and wear and tear on expensive assets such as trucks while reducing carbon emissions.

This is a win/win iOT solution for all parties!

Water Delivery Companies can use StockVUE to track water levels and deliver new bottles just in time

Weight-based water level tracking and route management

The StockVUE inventory monitoring system can be used to track water levels to see when they are empty and ready to be refilled.

Instead of scheduling regular deliveries they can deliver water as needed and eliminate running out of water, reduce cost of fuel, labor and wear and tear on expensive assets such as trucks while reducing carbon emissions.

This is a win/win iOT solution for all parties!

Waste Management Companies can use StockVUE to track waste bins and decide when to pick up 

Weight-based waste bin tracking and route management

The StockVUE inventory monitoring system can be used to track waste bins to see when they are full and ready to be picked up.

Instead of scheduling regular pickups they can pick up waste as needed and eliminate spilling of waste and reduce cost of fuel, labor and wear and tear on expensive assets such as trucks while reducing carbon emissions.

This is a win/win iOT solution for all parties!

Inventory Tracking for Just-in-Time Replenishment & Productivity Management

Weight-based remote inventory management solution

Our StockVUE automated inventory tracking and replenishment system allows users to remotely view the number of items stored in bins, shelves or on pallets using a standard browser on any PC, Tablet or SmartPhone.  Inventory levels can be tracked and alerts generated for conditions such as low inventory, empty bins, theft, pilferage etc.  We enable automatic Just-in-Time inventory management using this iOT solution.

 

Operations Executives and Managers can also use our sensor solution to track Raw Materials inventory, Work in Process Inventory, Finished Good Inventory and hence track productivity in factories.

IV Bag Monitoring and Alerting System using StockVUE

Weight-based remote IV bag monitoring solution

IV Bags can be remotely monitored using our StockVUE weight sensor based solution.  By placing the IV bags on our weight sensors or digital load cells, you can get alerts from bags that are low in fluids or empty and need to be replaced. Instead of hanging the IV bag from just an ordinary hanger, instead hang it from a special hanger built using our load cell with wireless output.

This system can be used to significantly reduce the work-load placed on nursing staff and reduce serious medical emergencies or even deaths from dehydration.  Sensors can use either USB, WiFi, Bluetooth, Ethernet or other common protocols.

Hospital Bed Weight Sensing for Patient Tracking, Fall Prevention and Sleep Monitoring

Weight-based remote patient monitoring solution - Hospital bed

Weight sensors can be placed under bed posts, inside mattresses and in other locations to monitor a patient.  By gathering and analyzing data about weight distribution on a bed, one can infer things like - is the patient on the bed or not, how well the patient is sleeping, was he or she tossing and turning all night, did the patient get up on time, is the patient on the bed but not moving at all etc.  This information can be analyzed and behavior patterns can be assessed to send out alerts to medical emergency personnel or relatives or healthcare professionals as needed.

This kind of monitoring is not as intrusive as video or audio monitoring might be from a patients point of view.  This can also be used in retirement homes, ICUs, Nurseries and other locations.

Retail stores can use StockVUE to track items and reduce theft and pilferage

Weight-based retail inventory and security management solution

The StockVUE inventory monitoring system can be used to track items in retail stores and replenish items to avoid stock-outs and lost orders and revenue.

It can also be used as a too to reduce or eliminate pilferage, theft and shrinkage.


 

How do I implement StockVUE in my organization?

 

1. Pick appropriate Digital Bin Scales for your application

 

  StockVUE scales
Model: SV-SCL-7x9 SV-SCL-9x13 SV-SCL-15x18
Size: 9" x 7" 13" x 9" 15" x 18" Top (15 " x 18" Base)
Compatible Bins: Akro Bin 30-230 Akro Bin 30-240 Large Bins and Boxes
Capacities:

0-3 kg, 0-5 kg, 0-10 kg, 0-20 kg

(0-6.6 lb, 0-11 lb, 0-22 lb, 0-44 lb)

0-10 kg, 0-20 kg

(0-22 lb, 0-44 lb)

0-50 kg, 0-100 kg, 0-250 kg, 0-500 kg

(0-110 lb, 0-220 lb, 0-550 lb, 0-1100 lb)

Accuracy: 0.1% of Full Scale 0.1% of Full Scale 0.1% of Full Scale
Resolution: 0.01% of Full Scale 0.01% of Full Scale 0.01% of Full Scale

We also offer larger floor scales such as 3 ft x 3 ft or 4 ft x 4 ft scales. Custom sizes to fit specific shelves and racks can also be built. 


2. Connect Scales to Sensor Router

 

StockVUE SC-1200

Each Sensor Router accepts up to 12 Digital Bin Scales and communicates directly to a PC on site with Internet access via WiFi.
 

 

3. Place scales and routers on shelves

 

Vendor Managed Inventory Sample Installation

 


 

 4. Run StockVUE Client

StockVUE Client Software

The StockVUE Client runs on a Windows PC or Tablet on site in the vicinity of the smart scales usually within about 1000 feet or 300 meters - the typical range of a WiFi LAN network.  The Client StockVUE program communicates with the digital smart scales and makes sure they are functioning.  It talks to the digital smart scales and gathers data from them, packages it into a compact secure message and uploads the data into the StockVUE Cloud into a secure Relational Database.

 


 

 5. Access inventory data from anywhere in the world via PC, Smartphone or Tablet

 

SaaS Software for Vendor Managed Inventory

 

Once logged in securely, you can see detailed information about your inventory at any location
 

View Inventory Remotely from anywhere

 

Review part usage and replenishment history

 

Review Inventory Usage Patterns

The system sends SMS messages, email alerts to inform designated team members about low parts or stock-outs

 

Generate Automatic Alerts for Low Inventory or Stockouts

 

Automatically generate suggested re-order list

Automatically Generate re-order List for your Inventory


 6. Receive regular updates and alerts

Status of Critical and Low items can be received by at chosen time intervals, for example, every 1 hour, 2 hours, 24 hours, etc. A sample report is shown below.

Sample Inventory Report Email

SKU Customer SKU Description Max/Min/Critical Quantity in Stock Status Location Code
EB-114EB-114Eye Bolt, 1-1/4" Thread10/4/22LowFremont, CA
EB-1220EB-1220Eye Bolt, 1/2"-20 Thread15/8/67LowFremont, CA
EB-1420EB-1420Eye Bolt, 1/4"-20 Thread15/8/67LowFremont, CA
EB-1428EB-1428Eye Bolt, 1/4"-28 Thread15/8/66LowFremont, CA
EB-3416EB-3416Eye Bolt, 3/4"-16 Thread10/4/21CriticalFremont, CA
EB-7814EB-7814Eye Bolt, 7/8"-14 Thread10/4/23LowFremont, CA
EB-M6EB-M6Eye Bolt, M610/4/20CriticalFremont, CA
FP-1220FP-1220Foot, Threaded Scale, 1/2:-2015/6/41CriticalFremont, CA
iPedal-U-300iPedal-U-300iPedal Force Sensor, 300Lb Capacity, SST10/4/23LowFremont, CA
LB-11412LB-11412Load Button, 1-1/4"-12 Thread10/5/30CriticalFremont, CA
LF-M12-FLF-M12-FFoot, Leveling, M12, Female15/8/45LowFremont, CA
LF-M6-FLF-M6-FFoot, Leveling , M6, Female10/8/47LowFremont, CA
LUD-010-025-SLUD-010-025-SiLoad Sensor, 10Lb Capacity, SST10/5/32CriticalFremont, CA
LUD-050-025-SLUD-050-025-SiLoad Sensor, 50Lb Capacity, SST10/5/30CriticalFremont, CA
LUD-100-025-SLUD-100-025-SiLoad Sensor, 100Lb Capacity, SST10/5/31CriticalFremont, CA
LUD-250-025-SLUD-250-025-SiLoad Sensor, 250Lb Capacity, SST10/5/30CriticalFremont, CA
LUD-500-025-SLUD-500-025-SiLoad Sensor, 500Lb Capacity, SST10/5/30CriticalFremont, CA
PUF-01K-025-SPUF-01K-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 1000Lb Capacity, SST10/5/33LowFremont, CA
PUF-050-025-SPUF-050-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 50Lb Capacity, SST10/5/32CriticalFremont, CA
PUF-05K-025-SPUF-05K-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 5000Lb Capacity, SST10/4/22LowFremont, CA
PUF-100-025-SPUF-100-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 100Lb Capacity, SST10/5/31CriticalFremont, CA
PUF-10K-200-SiLoad Pro 10K Lb10/4/23LowFremont, CA
PUF-250-025-SPUF-250-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 250Lb Capacity, SST10/5/33LowFremont, CA
PUF-2HK-025-SPUF-2HK-025-SiLoad Pro Sensor, 2500Lb Capacity, SST10/5/30CriticalFremont, CA
RE-1032-FRE-1032-FRod End, 10-32, Female10/8/66LowFremont, CA
RE-112-MRE-112-MRod End, 1"-12 thread10/4/22LowFremont, CA
RE-11412-MRE-11412-MRod End, 1-1/4"-12, Male10/4/20CriticalFremont, CA
RE-1220-MRE-1220-MRod End, 1/2"-20, Male15/8/46LowFremont, CA
RE-7814-MRE-7814-MRod Ends, 7/8"-14, Male6/4/22LowFremont, CA
RE-M3-FRE-M3-FRod End, M3, Female6/4/23LowFremont, CA
RE-M5-FRE-M5-FRod End, M5, Female10/6/43CriticalFremont, CA
SX-RAP3SX-RAP3Shim, AL, RAP3400/75/500CriticalFremont, CA
SX-RSP1SX-RSP1Shim, AL, RSP1400/100/5057LowFremont, CA
TUF-100-025-STUF-100-025-SiLoad TR Sensor, 100Lb Capacity, SST10/5/34LowFremont, CA
TX-125TX-125Tension Adapter, iLoad Mini, SST20/8/60CriticalFremont, CA
TX-300TX-300Tension Adapter, iLoad, SST20/8/67LowFremont, CA
Sample StockVUE Alert E-mail
StockVUE Alert Email

7. How do I get started?

The best way to get started is to order a demo kit with 12 smart scales (Eight of the 7" x 9" scales and four of the 9" x 13" scales) with a SC-1200 Router and StockVUE Client Software and access to the StockVUE Cloud and Web Application for 90 days.  The complete kit costs just $5000 + shipping and handling.

If that is too expensive for you then you can order a demo kit with 6 smart scales (Four of the 7" x 9" scales and two of the 9" x 13" scales) with a SC-1200 Router and StockVUE Client Software and access to the StockVUE Cloud and Web Application for 90 days.  The complete kit costs just $2500 + shipping and handling.

You can register on our site and order the demo kits from the table shown below.

Once you have had a chance to interact with the solution and understand how it works, you can initiate discussions on volume implementation and purchase.



 
Partnership Opportunity
Loadstar Sensors welcomes vendors offering ERP, Warehouse Management or Point-of-Use Inventory management solutions, to partner with us and integrate our innovative weight based inventory management solution into their offerings. We offer generous integration assistance and are open to revenue sharing arrangements to create a win/win mutual relationship.

We are also looking for distribution partners and representatives in specific geographies and vertical segments to help roll out this solution on a global scale. Specific segments in which we are looking for partners include:
Vertical Markets - Healthcare, Warehousing, Logistics & Distribution, Fasteners, MRO, Electronic & Electrical Parts
Geographic Markets - US, Canada, Japan, China and East Asia, Northern Europe (Germany, France & UK), Mexico

Please contact us for more information if you are interested in partnering with us.




 

Product Details
C-Compression, T-Tension, U-Universal
SKU No. of Scales Interface Software Price Quantity
SV-DEMOKIT-12 Eight 7x9 Scales & Four 9x13 Scales SC-1200 StockVUE 90 Day Eval. Please Login to See Prices
SV-DEMOKIT-6 Four 7x9 Scales & Two 9x13 Scales SC-1200 StockVUE 90 Day Eval. Please Login to See Prices

StockVUE Scales
The StockVUE solution can be used with bin scales, shelf scales, pallet scales or any other custom built scale we offer. As a standard product available for purchase online, we offer bin scales that are suitable for the Akro 30230 (~ 5.75"x9") and Akro 30240 (~ 8"x13")bin sizes. Contact us for shelf, pallet or other custom size requirements. In addition to these two sizes you can also select by capacity - 5 kg (11 lb.), 10 kg (22 lb.), 20 kg (44 lb.) or 50 kg (110 lb.), depending on the maximum size and number of items you plan to store in the bin.

SKUScale DimensionsCapacity Price Quantity
SV-SCL-15x18-100S15" x 18"100 lb.Please Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-15x18-250S15" x 18"250 lb.Please Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-15x18-500S15" x 18"500 lb.Please Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-7x9-003M7" x 9"3 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-7x9-005M7" x 9"5 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-7x9-010M7" x 9"10 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-7x9-020M7" x 9"20 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-9x13-005M9" x 13"5 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-9x13-010M9" x 13"10 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-9x13-020M9" x 13"20 kgPlease Login to See Prices
SV-SCL-9x13-050M9" x 13"50 kgPlease Login to See Prices

StockVUE Interfaces
The StockVUE bin scales need to be connected to a sensor router (also called a sensor concentrator). The router communicates with each scale, makes sure it is operating properly, gets the data from each scale and uploads the information to the Cloud. Each such router can handle up to 12 bin scales. In addition, each router can talk to four other routers. This modular architecture allows a user to build a scalable solution that can used to address thousands of parts per location. The routers are available with Serial, USB or Wireless output options.

SKUOutput ProtocolPortsWired/WirelessBattery BackupRange Price Quantity
SC-1200USB / RS-48512WiredNon/aPlease Login to See Prices
SC-1200WiFiWiFi12WirelessYes1000 ftPlease Login to See Prices
SC-1200ZIEEE 802.15.412WirelessNo1000 ftPlease Login to See Prices

StockVUE Software
StockVUE software consists of a client-side software with a small footprint that runs on a Windows PC at the inventory storage location. The PC is provided by the customer and it requires a reliable internet connection. In addition, a server running on the internet Cloud aggregates the data from the bin scales, computes and updates the part count information, send out alerts if the count exceeds limits set by user and performs other setup and administration tasks. An end-user can access the data through any internet browser from any device (PC, Mac,Linux, Android, iOS iPhone/iPad etc.)

SKUDescription Price Quantity
SV-1-YEARStockVUE Software 1 Year Access (Max: 100 Bin Scales)Please Login to See Prices
SV-2-YEARStockVUE Software 2 Year Access (Max: 100 Bin Scales)Please Login to See Prices
SV-90-DAY-TRIALStockVUE Software 90 Day TrialPlease Login to See Prices

Expedited Processing Options
Normal lead time for shipping orders is approx. one week after receipt of order via Fedex 3 Day service for US orders. If you want expedited processing of your order, please select one of the options below. Note: Fee is per item.

SKUDescription Price Quantity
EXP-01Expedite Fee - Ship Within 3 Business Days via Fedex 2 Day DeliveryPlease Login to See Prices
EXP-02Expedite Fee - Ship Within 1 Business Day via Fedex Standard OvernightPlease Login to See Prices