Hatfield, PA - ASRS Efficiency Yields More Accurate Order Picking By Categorizing Fast Movers and Slow Movers In Material Handling Systems For Small Parts, Small Item Handling, Distribution, MRO, Food and Beverage, Manufacturing, Pick and Pack, Maintenance, Horizontal and Vertical Storage Carousel System.
Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and VLMs offer significant advantages in space utilization, picking accuracy, employee productivity, system throughput, and improved ergonomics. Improved productivity resulting from the installation of automated storage and retrieval systems can reduce labor costs, make more efficient use of floor space and reduce maintenance and energy costs. These savings often result in a return on investment (ROI) in 12 months. Likewise, these systems often help organizations realize sustainable design, Lean, JIT, Six Sigma, and Good Manufacturing Practices objectives. Through up front planning replenishment efficiency, as well as picking efficiency, can be optimized.
One aspect of automated storage and retrieval system operation that organizations often misunderstand is the replenishment side of the automated storage and retrieval picking and fulfillment operation. The misconception is that automated storage and retrieval systems, such as Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and VLMs, cannot be restocked as easily and efficiently as traditional rack and shelving systems.
By taking the time to categorize parts and group them by families or common usage, the time saved in retrieval, and, consequently, replenishment will be significant and productivity will improve. The data collection process should include a listing of part numbers and descriptions, part sizes and weights, stock quantity, reorder point and reorder quantity, the quantity of the individual product picked, a list of products that are used or picked together, which products move faster because of seasonal and other factors, and product/process throughput and flow.
Use this information to categorize the inventory. Assign products into categories of velocity, for example, fast, medium and slow movement. Categorize them by their physical characteristics such as small, medium and large sizes, light or heavy,
conveyable or not conveyable, and by the manner in which they are packaged.
If items move so fast that the replenishment requirement is more than 10% per day, then a storage and retrieval approach different from Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and VLMs should be considered.
One alternative is the flow rack pick module. These rack systems can be replenished from the rear of the rack while picking is done at the front. The disadvantage is that pickers have to walk and search for items. It is not uncommon for pickers to have to walk miles per day and use up to 75% of their time traveling rather than picking. A solution is the universal workstation concept. The universal workstation is a combination of Horizontal or Vertical Carousels or VLMs and a manual pick-to-light flow rack.
The benefits of automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) including Horizontal and Vertical Carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLMs) provide improved throughput, more accurate picking, less operator strain and fatigue. The result is significant improvement in order picking and order fulfillment efficiency.
About Sapient Automation
Sapient Automation is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems that reduce leading organizations requirements for labor, floor space and inventory while dramatically increasing productivity and operational efficiencies with often a nine to 18 month Return on Investments (ROI). Industries served include: manufacturing, distribution, warehouses, healthcare, institutions, retail and wholesale organizations. The Sapient Automation technologies include the Viper Vertical Lift Module (VLM), Avenger Vertical Carousel, Hornet Horizontal Carousel, XPress Pix Inventory Management Software, PickaMed Carousels and Spit Fire Pick Carts and pick to light systems.
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