Located in China’s most active and developed economic regions, specifically, the southeast coast, downstream of the Yangtzi River, and Northern China, are three major clusters of petrochemical companies. These regions, with their advanced transport infrastructure and sizable markets, serve as a driving force behind China’s economic development. Sinopec is China’s largest manufacturer of petroleum and chemical engineering products and currently ranks second in the world for petroleum refinement capacity. The company’s main products include gasoline, kerosene, diesel, and lubricating oil, and its warehouses are primarily used to store petroleum by-products. Because the properties of these substances are similar to those of petroleum, the by-products are also highly flammable and hazardous. Thus, they are subject to strict regulations regarding storage and handling, and all related warehouse equipment must be explosion proof. These requirements make Advantech’s explosion-proof rugged handheld tablet, PWS-472, the ideal choice for dangerous goods warehouse applications.
Advantech’s PWS-472 tablet was integrated with Sinopec’s warehouse management system. By scanning cargo labels, operators can record and transmit inbound goods data to the back-end database in order to establish a digital inventory. The system then uses the data to automatically generate inbound/outbound orders for paper-free order picking and real-time dispatch, increasing warehouse efficiency.
Moreover, compared to manual goods registration process, this digital data collection solution can substantially reduce errors, shortening the processing time and increasing productivity.
Advantech’s PWS-472 supports the Android operating system and can be easily integrated with the company’s existing software and systems. Featuring a 5” display panel screen and compact form factor, the tablet is highly portable for convenient operation. The inclusion of 4G networking capabilities ensures uninterrupted connectivity for seamless data transmissions and process monitoring, thereby increasing the overall safety and management of dangerous goods warehouses.