Order Picking Systems | Orange County

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Raymond Handling Solutions is an Orange County warehouse automation consultant. We design, install and maintain order picking solutions.

Call us today at (714) 790-9300.

Many warehouses in Orange County are still utilizing RF or paper based order picking solutions, despite the huge performance gains and cost reductions associated with automated picking systems. Just about 20% of storage facilities throughout the nation use advanced options like voice directed or pick to light systems. These types of solutions can have a significant effect on profitability.

The Business Case For Automated Picking Systems

In many warehouses, picking is a laborious process where a picker gets a physical paper list of directions laying out the items to be picked and their locations. They proceed to the specified storage location, review their paper list to identify how many products they require from that pick face, get the products, check the item off of the checklist, and then transport the items for packing.

Simply getting around a warehouse can take up to 65% of a manual order picker's day as they stride or drive about the building. These inefficiencies make order picking the most labor-intensive function in a typical warehouse. In a lot of cases, over half of a common Southern California warehouse's operating costs can be traced to order fulfillment. That number is actually rising as e-com drives additional picking demand from warehouses.

Almost all warehouses have some picking requirements. Almost 50% deal with a blend of pallets, cases, split cases and pieces. In fact, less than 10% of all storage facilities throughout the country handle strictly entire pallet orders. And despite the fact that most storage facilities bear massive picking expenses, only 20% have actually moved away from conventional RF and paper-based picking systems.

Innovations in Picking Technology

In the last 10 years there have been fantastic advances in picking innovation, varying from IoT+ RFID to enhanced reality smart glasses. The 2 most extensive and mature technologies, however, are light directed and voice directed picking solutions. Each has a compelling use case in particular situations, and some storage facilities even employ both technologies.

Fully incorporating technology-based picking systems can be capital intensive. However, ROI models for picking automation are convincing. Most programs have a fast payback and can produce substantial savings in labor and pick inaccuracies for several years to come. A 2018 research study showed that businesses that employed voice, light or RFID based picking solutions lowered pick errors by approximately 67%.

Pick To Light

Pick to light systems are perfect for zone picking or high order volume, high speed warehouses. Racks are equipped with LEDs that communicate pick quantities and slots, and employees tap these lights to verify selections and quantities as they make their way down a pick path.

Light directed solutions are not as versatile and more costly than voice directed solutions, but executed correctly they can significantly improve picking velocity and accuracy. According to MHI, most pick to light applications achieve approximately 30-50% in pick rate efficiency.

Voice Picking System

Voice picking solutions are perfect for storage facilities that fill a more extensive variety of SKUs spread across larger buildings. Employees can move about a storage facility hands-free--they do not need to carry a handheld device or piece of paper.

Picking directives are relayed by the WMS through earphones, and the order-picker answers verbally to confirm each pick. There is no equipment to carry, no screens to look at, no barcodes to scan, and no verification buttons to click. The whole process is performed through voice commands and spoken verification.

Order Picking Automation Systems Near Me

If you would like more information on order picking innovation for your warehouse, call a Raymond Handling Solutions automation expert today at (714) 790-9300.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Orange County Service Area:
Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Orange, Santa Ana, Tustin
Phone: (714) 790-9300

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