Order Picking Systems | Oxnard

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

Call us today at (805) 667-0888.

Many warehouses in Ventura County are still using RF or paper based order picking systems, in spite of the massive efficiencies and cost reductions realized by automated picking systems. In fact, just about 20% of warehouses throughout the country make use of advanced options like voice directed or pick to light systems. These kinds of solutions can have a remarkable influence on productivity.

The Business Case For Automated Picking Systems

In many warehouses, picking is a labor-intensive process where a picker gets an actual paper list of instructions cataloging the products to be picked and their locations. They proceed to the designated storage location, evaluate their paper list to figure out how many items they need from that pick face, get the items, scratch the product off of the list, and then transport the items for packing.

Simply moving around a storage facility can take up to 65% of a manual order picker's day as they stride or drive around the warehouse. These inefficiencies make order picking the most labor-intensive function in a typical warehouse. In a lot of cases, the majority of a common Oxnard/Ventura/Camarillo warehouse's operating expenditures can be attributed to order fulfillment. That number is effectively rising as e-com drives even more picking demand from warehouses.

Nearly all warehouses have at least some picking requirements. Almost 50% handle a mixture of pallets, cases, split cases and pieces. Less than 10% of all warehouses throughout the nation manage strictly full pallet orders. And despite the fact that most storage facilities bear massive picking costs, only 20% have moved beyond conventional RF and paper-based picking solutions.

Innovations in Picking Technology

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

Fully actualizing technology-based picking solutions can be capital intensive. ROI cases for picking automation can be powerful. A lot of projects have a fast payback and can create significant cost reductions in labor and pick errors for many years to come. A 2018 research study showed that businesses that employed voice, light or RFID based picking options reduced pick mistakes by an average of 67%.

Pick To Light

Pick to light systems are ideal for zone picking or high order volume, high speed operations. Racks are equipped with LEDs that communicate selection quantities and locations, and workers tap these lights to verify picks and volumes as they make their way down a pick route.

Light directed solutions are less flexible and more costly than voice directed systems, but implemented correctly they can greatly improve picking speed and accuracy. As reported by MHI, most pick to light implementations achieve an average of 30-50% in pick rate efficiency.

Voice Picking System

Voice picking solutions are ideal for warehouses that keep a more extensive selection of SKUs spread across larger warehouses. Workers can move about a warehouse hands-free--they don't need to carry a portable device or sheet of paper.

Picking instructions are relayed by the WMS through an earpiece or headset, and the order-picker replies verbally to verify each pick. There is no equipment to carry, no screens to review, no barcodes to scan, and no verification buttons to click. The entire procedure is performed through voice commands and verbal confirmation.

Order Picking Automation Systems Near Me

If you would like more information on order picking technology for your business, call a Raymond Handling Solutions automation consultant today at (805) 667-0888.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Ventura County Service Area:
Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Moorpark, Newbury Park, Ventura, Santa Paula, Simi Valley
Phone: (805) 667-0888

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