WAREHOUSE PICKING TECHNOLOGIES

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In the never ending quest for increased efficiency and reducing errors, there is a growing landscape of picking technologies that cater to various types of order fulfillment demands. This drive toward automated solutions comes at a time when small orders and piece-picking are at an all time high.

Whether it’s increased productivity, throughput, efficiency, accuracy, or overall security, today’s picking technology is all about process improvement and implementing picking enhancements to manual methods.

Hy-Tek partners with multiple picking technology providers to offer warehouse picking carts and different solutions or a combination of several technologies to take your facility to the next level.

PICK PUT LIGHTED TECHNOLOGIES

PICK-TO-LIGHT

Pick-to-Light order picking technology utilizes light to direct a user to find an item quickly. Used in warehouse fulfillment operations, pick-to-light improves both speed and accuracy when picking. This occurs by eliminating the paper order resulting in fewer potential errors and a faster pick rate. Pick-to-light systems can be located on carousels, carton flow rack, shelving storage, static shelving and batch picking carts, etc. to indicate which items and quantities to pick. The light goes off by pushing a button to confirm each pick.

PUT-TO-LIGHT

A put-to-light system is essentially a pick-to- light system in reverse. Rather than shipping the picked item, the item is returned as inventory into storage, either by carts, totes, bins, or where the lights indicate the items to be placed. Similar to the pick-to-light systems, put-to-lights can be located throughout the fulfillment center based on the design of the facility.

LIGHTED BATCH CARTS

Pick-to-Light and put-to-light are often used with lighted batch warehouse picking carts to enable batch or cluster picking of multiple orders at one time. While varying greatly in design and composition, lighted batch carts generally contain multiple shelves with totes or plastic storage bins. The purpose for these totes is to contain picked inventory until it is later sorted as needed. As with the pick and put systems, a light is used to indicate the placement of each item.

VOICE DIRECTED PICKING

In a voice directed warehouse, employees wear a headset connected to a small belted computer, which instructs pickers where to go and what to pick using verbal commands.

As with other picking technologies, voice directed picking improves the quality of picking by removing the slower paper order system by freeing hands and eyes. The benefits of voice directed systems typically increase efficiency, accuracy, and safety. In addition, voice directed systems can also function in other warehouse tasks such as replenishment, shipping and returns processing.

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