Order Picking Systems | Riverside

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

Call us today at (951) 384-2444.

Most warehouses in Riverside County are still utilizing RF or paper based order picking systems, in spite of the huge performance gains and cost decreases associated with automated picking systems. Just about 20% of warehouses throughout the nation use advanced options like voice directed or pick to light systems. These types of solutions can have a remarkable influence on productivity.

The Business Case For Automated Picking Systems

In the majority of facilities, picking is a laborious job where a picker gets a physical paper list of directions specifying the products to pick and their locations. They move to the designated storage location, review their paper list to figure out how many products they need from that pick face, get the items, tick the item off of the list, and then transport the items for fulfillment.

Just getting around a storage facility can take up to 65% of a manual order picker's day as they walk or ride about the facility. These antiquated methods make order fulfillment the most labor-intensive function in a typical storage facility. Oftentimes, over half of a typical Riverside storage facility's operating costs can be attributed to order picking. That number is actually increasing as e-com spurs additional picking demand from warehouses.

Nearly all storage facilities have at least some picking requirements. Nearly 50% handle a mixture of pallets, cases, split cases and pieces. In fact, less than 10% of all storage facilities across the country deal with strictly whole pallet orders. And although the majority of warehouses bear massive picking costs, only 20% have actually moved beyond traditional RF and paper-based picking solutions.

Innovations in Picking Technology

In the last 10 years there have been terrific advances in picking technology, ranging from IoT+ RFID to enhanced reality smart glasses. The 2 most widespread and mature innovations, however, are light directed and voice directed picking options. Each has a compelling use case in particular circumstances, and some storage facilities even utilize both techniques.

Fully implementing technology-based picking systems can be capital intensive. Nevertheless, ROI models for picking automation are strong. A lot of projects have a quick payback and can produce considerable savings in labor and pick inaccuracies for many years to come. A 2018 research study showed that businesses that used voice, light or RFID based picking solutions lowered pick errors by an average of 67%.

Pick To Light

Pick to light systems are perfect for zone picking or high order volume, high speed warehouses. Racks are furnished with LEDs that signal selection quantities and locations, and employees tap these lights to verify picks and quantities as they make their way along a pick route.

Light directed systems are not as versatile and more costly than voice directed solutions, but carried out properly they can considerably improve picking velocity and accuracy. According to MHI, most pick to light projects achieve approximately 30-50% in pick rate productivity.

Voice Picking System

Voice picking options are ideal for storage facilities that fill a more extensive variety of SKUs spread throughout larger warehouses. Employees can move about a warehouse hands-free--they don't need to carry a portable device or piece of paper.

Picking instructions are communicated by the WMS through earphones, and the order-picker answers verbally to validate each pick. There is no equipment to carry, no screens to review, no barcodes to scan, and no verification buttons to click. The entire process is performed through voice commands and spoken verification.

Order Selecting Automation Systems Near Me

If you would like more information on order picking technology for your warehouse, call a Raymond Handling Solutions automation consultant today at (951) 384-2444.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Riverside County Service Area:
Redlands, Colton, Rialto, Bloomington, Moreno Valley, Hemet, Perris, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Coachella Valley
Phone: (951) 384-2444

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