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imio-WMS-Pick

Making sure you have an appropriate picking system is crucial to ensuring an efficient warehouse operation. Getting it right will result in faster deliveries and fewer errors and ultimately more satisfied customers.

 

imio-WMS-Pick ensures you will have a best in practice pick strategy to meet your business needs, from route optimisation, product prioritisation, RF picking, voice picking, pick to light, routing, interfaces to carousels and error handling. Want to know more speak to one of our imio software experts here.

 

imio supports a range of solutions to improve your pick processes:

Person to Goods

Person to Goods item picking is accomplished by directing staff to varying locations within the warehouse for order fulfillment. Whilst a more traditional approach, imio-WMS-Pick can offer the following solutions to help increase productivity, optimise space, ensure faster fulfillment, improve accuracy and deliver higher customer service levels, whilst utilising this method.

Voice-directed picking

Voice-directed picking is a voice-operated, paperless picking system, which can help accuracy and efficiency whilst also assisting manual processes.

  • Pros

    • Hands free, very easy to carry
    • Users are not tied at all to a physical location
    • Picker Accountability
    • In some cases can support multiple languages

  • Cons

    • Users must remember commands
    • Reading out barcodes is slow and error prone
    • Longer lead time
    • Could be hard to hear in noisy environments

RF-directed picking

RF-directed picking is again a paperless system that utilises mobile radio terminals. These radio terminals have user interfaces that show employees the shortest routes for order processing. This method often adds speed and accuracy to low-volume picking processes.

RF-Scanner

  • Pros

    • Information on screen is always with the user
    • Users are not tied at all to a physical location
    • Picker Accountability

  • Cons

    • Could be difficult to carry
    • User required to look at screen
    • Conveor Networks Ltd

Wearable Computing

  • Pros

    • Information on screen is always with the user
    • Users are not tied at all to a physical location
    • Hands free, very easy to carry
    • Picker Accountability

  • Cons

    • Questions around robustness of ring scanners
    • Questions around robustness of touchscreen
    • Hygiene
    • Conveyor Networks Ltd

Light-directed picking

Pick-to-Light systems use light displays to direct operators to specific stock locations, often with the benefits of maximising order picking by boosting accuracy and productivity.

  • Pros

    • Greater accuracy
    • Low training time
    • Picker accountability
    • Works best in zone picking

  • Cons

    • Requires lights at all locations
    • Integration can take much longer than the other man to goods solutions
    • Much more rigid function than other system, in terms of the pick process
    • Still might need to incorporate extra error proofing, such as additional barcode scanning
    • With a high SKU population this solution become very costly

Goods to Person

Goods to Person (GTP) picking ensures items are automatically retrieved, conveyed and delivered to a workstation, where they are then manually picked.  This picking method aims to reduce or remove the travelling time between pick locations. These solutions are normally used in conjunction with a method from the last section, but deployed on a much smaller scale. imio Software Solutions has an extensive range of GTP systems including:

Mini-load / ASRS

This picking product range enables flexible, energy-efficient storage and retrieval systems.

  • Pros

    • Denser storage
    • Reduced labour cost
    • Increased safety / security¬†Conveyor Networks Ltd Conveyor

  • Cons

    • Important to optimise the location and group of product improve picking
    • Important to get the number of mini loads Vs number of locations correct, so a system bottle neck is not created

Shuttle System

These systems automatically store and retrieve cases, totes or trays, which provides compact storage of goods and immediate access benefits.

Regular Shuttle System

  • Pros

    • Easy to scale
    • High redundancy
    • Energy efficiency
    • Flexibility in layout
    • Low impact maintenance and servicing
    • Makes full use of warehouse height

  • Cons

    • Shelves unit are fixed in size
    • Dimension limited to tote sizes

3D Shuttle System

  • Pros

    • Rack free solution
    • High density storage (no aisle)
    • Highly flexible

  • Cons

    • Product must fit in tote with no over hang

Robotic Picking

Order picking with Robotics is the latest concept in picking technology, which is supporting many distribution centers and fulfillment centers with flexibility, scalability and reduced reliance on temporary labour pools

  • Pros

    • Rack free solution
    • High density storage (no aisle)
    • Highly flexible

  • Cons

    • Product must fit in tote with no over hang

AGV Shuttle System

Order picking AGVs is the latest concept in picking technology, which is supporting many distribution centers and fulfillment centers with flexibility, scalability and reduced reliance on temporary labour pools

  • Pros

    • Greater accuracy
    • Low training time
    • Picker accountability
    • Works best in zone picking

  • Cons

    • Requires lights at all locations
    • Integration can take much longer than the other man to goods solutions
    • Much more rigid function than other system, in terms of the pick process
    • Still might need to incorporate extra error proofing, such as additional barcode scanning
    • With a high SKU population this solution become very costly

Carousel Storage Picking

Carousels are a high performance order picking technology option, as long as they are matched with the appropriate operations needs and applications.

  • Pros

    • No travel time
    • High density storage
    • Can accommodate a high SKU variety in a small foot print

  • Cons

    • Replenishment must be planned during downtime or it will slow the picking operation
    • Important to analyse SKU data, so bottle necks are not created in the system

Fully Automated

A fully automated system will pick full orders ready for dispatch. They tend to be highly specialised for a case with limited flexibility, but can help warehouses maximise large labour costs and allow for much higher pick rates.

Automated Dispensing Systems
  • Pros

    • Extremely high volume >200k picks per day

  • Cons

    • Limited product range suited for this system of system
    • Very large capital investment required

Our picking solutions are designed specifically to help you perform more accurate picking and product replenishment. Find out more about how our comprehensive Warehouse Management Software (imio-WMS) will help your business meet the demands of a modern warehouse.

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