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Pick-By-Light Systems

Pick to light is a type of order-fulfillment technology designed to improve picking accuracy and efficiency, while simultaneously lowering labor costs. Notably, pick to light is paperless; it employs alphanumeric displays and buttons at storage locations, to guide your employees in light-aided manual picking, putting, sorting, and assembling.

If deployed correctly, they can increase warehouse efficiency up to 65%.

Pick-By-Vision Systems

Pick-by-Vision is another paperless picking process in which the work of the picker in warehouse logistics is supported by visual information in his field of vision using augmented reality technology.

With this highly innovative technology within logistics, the information is displayed to the picker directly in his field of vision via data glasses using WLAN technology. All information required for his work (eg. storage location, article quantity) is provided via these data glasses.

So far, there are only first prototypes for research purposes. However, it can be assumed that the development of this technology will progress rapidly due to its great potential, so that pick-by-vision can be used in the future.

If deployed correctly, they can increase warehouse efficiency up to 30%.

Pick-By-Voice Systems

Pick-by-Voice is another paperless picking process in which the work of the picker in warehouse logistics is supported by voice commands.

With voice picking, the picker is directed to a specific location where they must provide a set of check digits. These digits confirm that the picker is in the correct aisle, and looking at the correct bin location. Once the check digits have been confirmed, the picker is provided with the pick quantity. After the quantity is confirmed, they are given the next pick location. The voice system will optimize the pick path as this process continues, ensuring that the picker is maximizing their efficiency as they work through the warehouse.

If deployed correctly, they can increase warehouse efficiency up to 35%.

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV's)

Sometimes called self-guided vehicles or autonomous guided vehicles, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are material handling systems or load carriers that travel autonomously throughout a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing facility, without an onboard operator or driver.  In this post, we’ll explore the various types of AGVs, the meaning of them, how they work and their benefits.

They can help reducing labor cost by moving goods around, but are not yet as fast and flexible as humans.

Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS)

ASRS are a goods-to-person based solution that eliminates manual travel, increases productivity, and high-density storage. Naumann/Hobbs offers many different types of ASRS systems, including totes and pallets, crane-based systems and A-fram dispensers.

They can significantly reduce labor cost and increase efficiency up to 70%, but are usually good for smaller items.

Mobile Scanner based Picking System

Mobile scanners are person-to-goods based solutions where warehouse personnel is guided to the correct location through the scanners integrated display. By scanning the product, the systems received confirmation that the correct product has been picked and the worker is directed to the next location.

Properly deployed, they can increase efficiency by an average of 20%.

Piece-Picking Robot

Piece picking robots are fully automated and can pick a variety of product types and sizes. While almost eliminating any involvement of labor, they are very costly to deploy and maintain.

As thee are not too many companies using this technology, there is yet no data available in terms of efficiency increase.

Pick-Carts

Pick carts are very helpful in larger environment allowing workers to transport a larger amount of SKU's through the warehouse. Pick Carts are usually equipped with Pick-By-Light Systems.

There are very helpful and an important aid in a highly efficient warehouse operation.

Put-Wall/Pick-Wall

Commonly used in batch picking applications, put walls are used to sort the products picked into specific orders. While on one side, workers are putting picked products from the main warehouse, another worker on the opposite side combines the products to specific customer orders.

There are very helpful and an important aid in a highly efficient warehouse operation.

 

 

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