Short lead times and high delivery quality
Pick-to-light: When picking a 'light' is on
Whether material staging for the own production or delivery to customers, stores and business locations - a fast, efficient and reliable picking as logistical facility is gaining in importance. Who wants to stand out from the competition, needs to make long-term competitive advantage not only in relation to the costs, but also in terms of supply readiness, supply quality and delivery time. These requirements apply in particular in the food industry. Just in terms of dealing with perishable products, it is particularly important to deliver the ordered goods always correctly and "in time". In addition, the desire of consumers for affordable food requires maximum cost efficiency. This means for picking: the performance must be increased and minimize the error rate. Paperless picking systems provide the company a valuable support. Pick-to-light picking is one of the most famous and most modern paperless picking processes.
Pick-to-light offers many efficiency benefits
The CSB-system AG has developed an innovative pick-to-light solution as IT industry practitioners, convincing in terms of efficiency, performance, error rate and operability.
The "pick by light" replaces the conventional picking via "Pick list". Instead, all relevant information on the picking request via display are displayed. Clearly visible on each box stack of the distribution zone a display indicates which articles he has to put in what quantities for its mission in the boxes the competent picker. For the subsequent transport trolleys, wheels give the packed box stacks. Several employees can parallel process their orders. Their article to pickenden are represented here in different colors on the displays. The allocation of the articles on the respective staff in accordance with part numbers.
The order-picking process itself is simple and effective: each picker works gradually the articles displayed on the displays in its color off. As soon as he has completed a picking order, he confirmed the Association the set to his job through an acknowledgement button. This one or more CSB Hängeracks (special IT industry jobs) with touch screen located directly in the picking area depending on requirements. The quantities in order are updated with the confirm of the picked quantities of the CSB-rack. Also exists, you can manually correct the quantities. Also batch assignments and cuts are possible. So can to respond on all sites or the entire customer or branch network across quickly and flexibly to changes to orders. After all the items of the order were distributed, the order will be completed. The delivery pressure can trigger then either manually or automatically.
Compared to the conventional methods of picking, pick-to-light solution offers clear economic benefits:
Fast, secure and intuitive use
Thanks to the paperless process, the staff need not paper receipts or separate devices to process of picking orders. So, they have both hands free and can concentrate on their pick activities. You lose no time for searching order items or read and check documents. Thus, very high pick rates with very low error rate are possible. Time- and cost-intensive checks account for and the number of complaints due to incorrect deliveries is nearly zero.
Another plus of the pick-to-light-picking is that virtually no training time is needed because the principle is instinctively understood and easy to use. As a result, the user companies benefit from an increased staff flexibility.
Fully integrated in the ERP system
Thanks to the complete integration of the pick-to-light solution in the ERP system, all the picking request directly from the CSB-system information is transmitted on the displays in the pick field. Once the staff have confirmed their order processing, the inventory is carried out in real time in the system. The pick-to-light solution provides an important support for inventories in this way. In addition the system knows automatically when it must buy goods from the warehouse to the pick zone, so that it is not unnecessary waiting times when picking.
According to customer requirements, the solution can be extended flexibly at any time. The picking is carried out on different "tracks", where each a different number of displays is installed. For example the range or the storage occupancy, changes to individual displays can easily transferred or adds to be. Also a full "rail" or additional box stack is easily feasible.
Performance and cost reduction provide a high return on investment
The reduction of wrong deliveries and increased throughput in the camp costs affect all business functions and lead to a significant increase in productivity in the enterprise. So, the user companies, for example, confirm that they could reduce not only their commissioning costs per order, but today across the enterprise clearly economic work.
The significant economic benefits by pick-to-light in turn provide a high return on investment. On average, it takes only a few months until the investment costs have pays for itself.
Benefits for the user of the pick-to-light solution at a glance:
- Intuitive operation without costly training time
- No paper receipts or separate data acquisition devices
- Flexible order processing and short lead times
- Very high pick performance with very low error rate
- Maximum delivery reliability
- Full integration in the ERP system
- Automatic inventory control through inventory function
- Automatic delivery of the goods from the warehouse to the pick zone
- Flexible adaptation to growing customer requirements
- Performance and lower costs in all divisions
- High return on investment (RoI) / fast amortization