Order Picking Systems | Valencia

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

Call us today at (661) 206-0462.

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

The Business Case For Automated Picking Systems

In a lot of facilities, picking is a labor-intensive job where a picker receives a physical paper list of instructions detailing the products to be picked and their specific locations. They move to the designated storage slot, examine their paper list to figure out how many items they require from that pick face, get the products, check the product off of the list, and then transport the products for fulfillment.

Simply moving around a storage facility can take up to 65% of a manual order picker's day as they walk or drive around the facility. These antiquated methods make order fulfillment the most labor-intensive task in an average storage facility. In a lot of cases, more than half of an average Santa Clarita warehouse's operating expenditures can be linked to order picking. That number is effectively rising as e-com drives even more picking demand from warehouses.

Almost all warehouses have some picking requirements. Almost 50% manage a mixture of pallets, cases, split cases and pieces. Less than 10% of all warehouses across the nation deal with strictly whole pallet orders. And despite the fact that most storage facilities bear massive picking expenses, just 20% have actually moved beyond conventional RF and paper-based picking systems.

Developments in Picking Technology

In the last 10 years there have been excellent advances in picking technology, varying from IoT+ RFID to enhanced reality smart glasses. The two most widespread and mature innovations, however, are light directed and voice directed picking approaches. Each has a persuasive use case in particular scenarios, 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 strong. A lot of projects have a rapid payback and can produce substantial cost reductions in labor and pick errors for years to come. A 2018 study revealed that organizations that utilized voice, light or RFID based picking options minimized pick errors by approximately 67%.

Pick To Light

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

Light directed systems are less flexible and more costly than voice directed systems, yet when carried out properly they can significantly improve picking velocity and precision. According to MHI, most pick to light projects gain approximately 30-50% in pick rate performance.

Voice Picking System

Voice picking options are ideal for storage facilities that keep a more extensive assortment of SKUs spread across larger facilities. Workers can move about a storage facility hands-free--they do not need to carry a handheld device or piece 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 device to carry, no screens to look at, no barcodes to scan, and no verification buttons to click. The entire procedure is completed through voice commands and spoken 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 specialist today at 661-206-0462.

Raymond Handling Solutions
28309 Industry Dr
Valencia, California 91355
Phone: 661-206-0462

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