Press Release Summary:
Combining laser guided pallet trucks with voice directed system, LaserTrucks+ eliminates non-value added tasks associated with typical case picking operation. At start of order, Laser Truck delivers new pallet directly to picker, automatically moves with voice-equipped picker as they verbally confirm picks, and transports completed pallet to shipping. Integrating LaserTrucks+ with WMS or ERP, Dematic Warehouse Control System provides real-time management of LaserTrucks+ operation.
Original Press Release:
Dematic Introduces LaserTrucks+ for Case Picking
New method of ordering picking increases cases picked per hour
Grand Rapids, Mich. - Dematic, supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has introduced LaserTrucks+. The LaserTrucks+ solution combines laser guided pallet trucks with a voice directed system, to increase picking productivity for case picking applications. See link to video on dematic.us website (http://www.dematic.com/na/Products/Picking-Technologies/LaserTrucks/page32087.htm
The picking challenge in the warehouse
In the typical case picking operation, there are opportunities to maximize productivity and accuracy; this is the most labor intensive task in the warehouse, one that has a major impact on customer satisfaction. The challenge is that during order picking, the warehouse staff is doing many tasks other than picking: getting a new shipping pallet, getting on and off a pallet truck, and taking the completed pallet to shipping.
Add Voice Directed System
Further optimization of the picker's productivity can be obtained through the addition of Voice Picking technology. By leaving the pickers hands free, the picking action becomes faster with additional benefits in terms of ergonomics and accuracy. However this still leaves the order fulfillment staff doing a lot of travel as opposed to doing what they are meant to be doing: picking.
LaserTrucks+: Maximizing the Productivity of Case Picking
By eliminating the non-value added tasks associated with a typical case picking operation, LaserTrucks+ has the potential to double picking productivity, while retaining the flexibility of manual systems.
The LaserTrucks+ solution upgrades pallet trucks to driverless operations using industrial grade laser guidance systems. At the start of an order, the Laser Truck delivers a new pallet directly to the picker, automatically moves with the Voice-equipped picker as they verbally confirm picks, and transports the completed pallet to shipping while the next Laser Truck brings a new pallet to the picker. The case picking productivity increases as operators are freed up to focus solely on picking.
Retaining High Flexibility
Beyond maximizing picking productivity in manual warehouses, the LaserTrucks+ solution delivers improved safety, energy efficiency and operational transparency. System flexibility is maintained. During peak periods, pickers with manual pallet trucks can work in conjunction with LaserTrucks+ to take up the additional throughput. Routing plans can be updated as requirements change and additional LaserTrucks+ can be added, and even transferred between sites.
The Dematic Warehouse Control System integrates LaserTrucks+ with a WMS or ERP. It provides real time management and complete transparency of your LaserTrucks+ operation, including management information and decision support, order prioritization, order status, productivity statistics and reports, and workload analysis and reports. Everything required to optimize, manage and control the system is provided.
Summary of Benefits
LaserTrucks+ benefits include:
About Dematic Corp. - Dematic designs, implements & life cycle supports logistics systems for the factory, warehouse, & distribution center. Engineered systems are built around process improvements, automated material handling technologies, and software. Typical solutions optimize logistics performance by reducing building space requirements, fulfillment time, and labor to operate while increasing throughput, accuracy, and ergonomics.
Dematic is a global company with operations in 22 countries. North American presence includes an engineering/manufacturing headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 18 sales/engineering/service offices. Prior to adopting the Dematic name, the company was known as Rapistan. For more Dematic information, visit www.dematic.us.