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Learn How to Dramatically Increase Picking Productivity and Reduce Operating Costs
Kollmorgen Posted 02/09/2011
Pick-n-Go® system can increase order picking productivity up to 100% and decrease operational costs, and can pay for itself in less than 24 months
RADFORD, VA – Kollmorgen will be exhibiting its highly flexible Pick-n-Go® order picking system at ProMat 2011. ProMat takes place on March 21 – 24, 2011, at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois. Visitors will have opportunity to view the Pick-n-Go system in action, with live automated forklift demonstrations at booth number 2009. The Pick-n-Go system streamlines any order fulfillment process for exponentially higher picking productivity and significantly reduced operating expenses. It also seamlessly integrates with existing Warehouse Management Systems and established processes, and is easily adapted to satisfy specific application needs.
“Where other automated order picking systems are extremely costly and require a completely overhauled order handling and storage process and significantly expanded warehouse size, Pick-n-Go works in the context of the existing distribution center environment with existing hardware and infrastructure. All users need to do is automate forklifts from their existing forklift supplier with the Pick-n-Go vehicle automation kit, and connect that with the warehouse management system and a Pick-by-Voice solution,” says Benny Forsman, Product Manager. “And with 35 years experience and an installed base in excess of 15,000 vehicles, users can be confident knowing that with Kollmorgen they are partnering with the world’s leading provider of driverless control solutions.”
In distribution centers, picking is the biggest cost driver due to labor dependency. With Pick-n-Go, the picker simply follows the forklift step-by-step, effectively eliminating all non-productive activities such as jumping on and off forklifts, or fetching empty pallets.
Not only will this result in up to 100% higher picking productivity, but it can also reduce picking mistakes and potential damage to goods, pallets and racks, and lessen the risk of work-related injuries. Because running is optimized and automated, and driving speed is controlled, forklifts equipped with Pick-n-Go also use less energy and last longer, and eliminate the threat of potential collisions with pickers or other forklifts.
A simple process defines warehouse operations equipped with Pick-n-Go. The Warehouse Management System (WMS) sends the customer order to the picker and forklift simultaneously. The picker receives information about the order via a headset (Pick-by-Voice), and a forklift is automatically placed in the right position with forks at the right height where the picker efficiently and ergonomically places the item(s) onto the pallet. A new order line is then sent from the WMS, and the forklift automatically travels to the next position, followed by the picker. When the pallet nears capacity, the system automatically sends a new forklift with an empty pallet to the picker. When the forklift with the full pallet goes to the dispatch area, the picker never has to leave the picking area and continues to work on the next order without interruption.
To get a more tangible idea of how much a given warehouse operation could save with Pick-n-Go, warehouse managers can enter a few basic parameters about their operation into the Pick-n-Go value calculator, and get an immediate answer on potential savings. Contact Kollmorgen to request an in-depth analysis and ROI calculation, and/or schedule a no-obligation on-site demonstration.
Kollmorgen is a leading provider of motion systems and components for machine builders around the globe, with over 60 years of motion control design and application expertise.
Through world-class knowledge in motion, industry-leading quality, and 35 years of proven performance in driverless control technology, Kollmorgen continues to deliver breakthrough driverless control solutions unmatched in performance, reliability and ease-of-use, giving warehouse operations an irrefutable marketplace advantage.