Order Picking Systems | Santa Barbara

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

Call us today at (805) 749-2777.

Many warehouses on the Central Coast are still utilizing RF or paper based order picking solutions, in spite of the massive performance gains and expense decreases associated with automated picking systems. Only about 20% of warehouses across the nation use advanced solutions like voice directed or pick to light systems. These types of solutions can have a remarkable effect on productivity.

The Business Case For Automated Picking Systems

In many warehouses, picking is a labor-intensive process where a picker receives a physical paper list of instructions cataloging the products to be picked and their locales. They move to the specified storage slot, examine their paper list to determine the number of items they need from that pick face, get the products, scratch the product off of the list, and then transport the products for fulfillment.

Simply getting around a warehouse can use up to 65% of a manual order picker's day as they walk or drive around the building. These antiquated methods make order fulfillment the most labor-intensive task in a typical storage facility. Oftentimes, more than half of a common Santa Barbara County warehouse's operating costs can be connected to order fulfillment. That number is effectively increasing as e-com drives even more picking demand from storage facilities.

Nearly all storage facilities have some picking requirements. Nearly 50% manage a blend of pallets, cases, split cases and pieces. Less than 10% of all storage facilities throughout the nation manage strictly full pallet orders. And despite the fact that the majority of storage facilities bear massive picking expenses, just 20% have actually moved beyond conventional RF and paper-based picking solutions.

Innovations in Picking Technology

In the last ten years there have actually been great advances in picking innovation, ranging from IoT+ RFID to enhanced reality smart glasses. The two most prevalent and developed innovations, however, are light directed and voice directed picking options. Each has a convincing use case in particular scenarios, and some storage facilities even employ both methods.

Fully actualizing technology-based picking systems can be capital intensive. Nevertheless, ROI models for picking automation are compelling. The majority of projects have a quick payback and can generate considerable cost reductions in labor and pick inaccuracies for years to come. A 2018 study showed that businesses that used voice, light or RFID based picking solutions minimized pick errors by approximately 67%.

Pick To Light

Pick to light systems are perfect for zone picking or high order volume, high speed facilities. Racks are furnished with LEDs that communicate pick quantities and slots, and workers tap these lights to validate picks and quantities as they make their way down a pick path.

Light directed systems are not as versatile and more costly than voice directed solutions, but carried out correctly they can considerably enhance 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 stock a more extensive selection of SKUs dispersed throughout larger warehouses. Workers can move about a warehouse hands-free--they do not need to carry a portable device or piece of paper.

Picking instructions are communicated by the WMS through an earpiece or headset, and the order-picker responds verbally to confirm each pick. There is no device to hold, no screens to review, no barcodes to scan, and no confirmation buttons to click. The whole process is completed through voice commands and spoken verification.

Order Picking Automation Systems Near Me

If you would like more information on order picking technology for your warehouse, call a Raymond Handling Solutions automation expert today at (805) 749-2777.

Raymond Handling Solutions
Santa Barbara County Service Area:
Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria
(805) 749-2777

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