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VOLUME -24 NUMBER 10
Publication Date: 10/1/2009
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Enhancing Bottom Line with Automated Store and Pick System
Carousel storage system simplifies and speeds kitting and order picking.
Westbrook, ME — When using traditional static storage or shelving, employees are forced to walk up and down aisles to search for items — wasting valuable work time. Productivity is crucial to keep electronic businesses operating at their best during these troubling economic times. Recent studies have shown that investment in worker efficient technology, such as automation, helps drive a constant increase while providing a fast ROI. Implementing simple automated storage and retrieval systems is often the most cost effective way to achieve greater productivity, improve accuracy and overall efficiency of any electronic facility.
By installing automated storage from Remstar — including horizontal and vertical carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) — items are delivered to an operator at an ergonomic height, eliminating wasted walk and search time and increasing productivity by up to 67 percent. Items are automatically presented to the operator with the carousel or VLM and the integrated pick-to-light system immediately identifies the item and quantity needed to pick or store, ensuring accuracy. These features have an immediate and lasting effect on the efficiency of a company's operations and can help reduce the overall cost of doing business.
By utilizing integrated automated carousels and pick-to-light technology businesses can apply batch picking, a process that entails picking multiple orders simultaneously to achieve greater efficiencies. In this picking method, an operator will touch an item location only once for the batch, reducing the time required to pick. This method will increase an operation's efficiencies in labor and order accuracy while reducing man-hours, inventory shortages and customer complaints. Batch picking can increase throughput up to 500 percent when compared to manually picking single orders.
By enhancing productivity, improving worker ergonomics and increasing accuracy electronic organizations will be able to see fast paybacks, generally ranging from 9 to 18 months. These systems can vary from relatively low-cost capital acquisitions to major facility creation.
Remstar International Inc., a company of the Kardex AG Remstar International (KRI) Group of Zurich, Switzerland, is a major provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications.
Contact: Remstar International, Inc., 41 Eisenhower Dr., Westbrook, ME 04092
800-639-5805 or 207-854-1861 fax: 207-854-1610 Web:
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