A new white paper from Kardex Remstar provides a worksheet allowing facilities to easily calculate the true cost of a mispicked part. While most operations understand mistakes will happen, very few have taken the time to calculate the true cost of those mispicks, and how they impact the bottom line. An estimated 35% of facilities experience ongoing mispick rates of 1% or more. Although 1% sounds like a slim margin for improvement, it adds up quickly. Download the white paper to realize the impact on your bottom line.
Most order fulfillment operations utilizing operators to manually select required products to fill a customer order experience picking errors. That's because humans are prone to making mistakes. Automated, goods-to-person storage and retrieval systems - such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and vertical lift modules (VLMs) - deliver items directly to an operator, eliminating walk and search time, as well as fatigue. In addition to delivering items directly to the operator, automated storage and retrieval systems can be equipped with light-directed picking features and inventory management software which negate human error.
Picking involves much more than grabbing an item off a static storage rack or shelf. In the typical manual distribution center, picking means an operator receives a paper list of instructions about what to pick and where, travels to the correct storage location, locates the correct item within that storage location, picks the items, confirms the pick by marking the paper, then delivers the items for packing. All of those steps are fraught with potential for error.
Operating on the "goods to person" principle, automated storage and retrieval systems delivers the correct part directly to the worker at an ergonomic height. Eliminating previously wasted time walking and searching for parts to fill an order. Now, workers can use this time to pick more parts and fill more orders accurately and on time.
Light-directed picking technologies have evolved into complete message centers that communicate to the operator the precise area within the carrier of the item to be picked, display the part number or description, pinpoint the exact location, direct either picking or storage and indicate the required quantity. Not only do these devices dramatically reduce picking mistakes, but they also lead to happier customers who are more likely to buy again.
To achieve the highest degree of picking accuracy, integrating inventory management software with an automated storage and retrieval system enables smart functionality such as inventory monitoring. In addition to keeping track of the contents stored within the machine, the software also interfaces with a facility's warehouse management system (WMS) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. This function all manager to closely monitor stock levels in real time - and potentially eliminate physical counts - for better inventory control.
Manual order fulfillment operations take on the risk of picking mistakes due to human errors every day. Automated storage and retrieval systems deliver parts directly to the worker. With light directed picking and inventory management software, human error can be nearly eliminated, reaching up to 99.9% picking accuracy.
Kardex Remstar, LLC, a company of the Kardex Group is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution, warehousing, offices and institutions. For information about our dynamic storage solutions, call 800-639-5805 or visit www.kardexremstar.com.
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