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Strategies for Optimizing Traditional Each Pick Operations – Part I

This paper will focus on order picking operations, in particular on order picking operations where items are selected in less than full case quantities. These “broken-case” or “each-picked” orders are among the most labor intensive of any type of common customer order. In this paper we focus on developing a methodology for evaluating changes to your existing operation. In my paper titled “Strategies for Optimizing Traditional Each Pick Operations – Part II – A Menu of Available Each Pick Equipment, Systems, and Materials” we will actually look at various equipment, systems, and materials that can be used in your operation.

Strategies for Optimizing Traditional Each Pick Operations – Part II

This paper will focus on order picking operations, in particular on order picking operations where items are selected in less than full case quantities. These “broken-case” or “each-picked” orders are among the most labor intensive of any type of common customer order. In this paper, we look at the equipment, methods, and materials, which are commonly useful in each pick environments. In my paper titled “Strategies for Optimizing Traditional Each Pick Operations Part I – Developing A Roadmap for Improving Order Picking Performance” we look at a general methodology for evaluating which solutions are best.

Voice Directed Picking- A Technology that is Ready for Prime Time!

This paper will focus on a technology known as “Voice Directed Picking” (VDP). VDP is one of several voice applications, which can be implemented in a warehouse distribution environment, and it is generally the activity that provides the greatest payback in terms of return on investment. This paper compares VDP to other order picking technologies and draws a case that voice has reached a point where it should be considered by most mid or large sized distribution facilities. Interview with all major market players are included, as well as an interview from a current voice user.

Industrial Carousels A Versatile Technology for Distribution Applications

This paper will focus on a form of automated storage and retrieval system known as “Industrial Carousels”. The paper looks at both “horizontal” and “vertical” carousel systems, and the two types of systems are compared. The paper looks at both distribution and manufacturing applications, as well as recent developments in carousel technology. Carousels are compared to other types of picking systems, including paper and pick-to-light. The reasons for the efficiency of carousel picking systems are explained in detail, and configuration considerations are carefully outlined.

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