Increase Productivity with Print and Apply Labeling

101121899 - automatic labeling machine.
101121899 – automatic labeling machine.

Printing and applying labels to packages in order fulfillment and distribution operations is often the bottleneck of the process in manual labor systems.  When looking to automate picking and packing processes, be sure to evaluate the cost savings of incorporating automated Print and Apply Labeling Systems as part of a proven warehouse control system.  Automated printing and application of labels eliminates the need to manually apply certificates of conformance, packing slips and shipping labels, saving valuable time and eliminating errors.

Automated label application increases accuracy by eliminating human error while significantly reducing labor costs.  Print and apply labeling technology as part of a total warehouse control system delivers maximum return on investment with ongoing cost savings. Working with an experienced warehouse automation company will provide the best solution, catered to your specific order fulfillment requirements.

Numina Offers Warehouse Control with Print and Apply Systems

Numina Group is an experienced warehouse automation company offering warehouse design, layout, automated equipment and powerful warehouse control software. Our skilled engineering team provides detailed analysis for lean operations with value stream mapping techniques and analysis of SKU velocity. We recommend the most advantageous automated technologies to provide the greatest return on investment with continual cost savings.

 

Our Tier One Warehouse Control and Execution System, Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, drives advanced automated technologies with real time control.  RDS easily integrates with existing WMS or ERP systems,  providing control of automated technologies and equipment with the added benefit of communication with your existing order entry and material management systems.

 

Our Print and Apply solutions include One-Step™ and One-Step Plus™ which are proven to significantly increase throughput and accuracy, providing a speedy return on investment (ROI). Our print and apply labeling systems process single or duplex printing of packing slips, shipping labels and combination shipping and packing labels.

 

Our print and apply labeling systems are capable of processing up to 25 cartons per minute, with speed and accuracy. Integrate with our in-line scanning for automatic verification of weight and dimension, alleviating the need for 2nd final inspections while assuring quality control.  Numina Group’s automated warehouse solutions are proven to improve accuracy, productivity and profitability while reducing labor expenses.

 

Numina Group offers extensive experience in designing and implementing automated warehouse solutions to order fulfillment applications across North America.  We provide comprehensive automated solutions with warehouse control software and advanced automated technologies.  Contact us today to speak with an engineer and learn more about our automated print and apply labeling solutions.

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Combine Pick to Light with Voice Picking Systems

Automating warehouse and distribution center movements is key to meeting the demands of order fulfillment operations today. Warehouse automation provides improved throughput, accuracy and profitability, allowing companies to deliver consistent performance results while poised for growth.  Incorporating automation in order picking and packing processes often alleviates the bottleneck of order fulfillment operations, allowing companies to realize maximum cost-saving efficiencies.

Warehouse management systems (WMS) are an integral component in meeting order fulfillment requirements. Combining a WMS with powerful warehouse control software driving advanced automated technologies delivers maximum benefits to distribution centers.  Warehouse control systems provide significant improvements to throughput and accuracy in order fulfillment operations with automated technologies such as Pick to Light and Voice Picking Systems.

Numina Offers Warehouse Control with Automated Picking Technologies

Warehouse control systems are proven to improve order picking and packing processes, eliminating wasted touches and bottlenecks.  Light to Pick and Voice Picking Systems  direct operators with simple to understand commands throughout the most streamlined, optimized picking path.  Numina Group offers powerful warehouse control software which drives these automated technologies and many more.

Real Time Distribution is robust warehouse control software which drives automated technologies such as:

  • Pick to Light
  • Put to Light
  • Voice Picking Systems
  • Print and Apply Labeling
  • Print-Fold-Insert technology
  • Smart sorting and routing
  • Automated conveyor technology

Real Time Distribution, RDS™, drives these advanced automated technologies and many more, improving picking and packing functions across mid to high volume distribution centers.  RDS is flexible and scalable to grow with your business, you can incorporate modules which provide the most cost saving efficiencies as Pick to Light or Voice Picking. RDS modules can work independently or combined with additional automation for maximum throughput.

RDS can manage independent order fulfillment lines or be utilized throughout the entire facility to automate order entry, picking and packing, label application, insertion of documents, weight verification, sorting and shipping for complete warehouse automation. RDS is a Tier One Warehouse Execution and Control System (WES-WCS) which easily interfaces with virtually any enterprise resource planning (ERP) system or warehouse management system (WMS).

Numina Group offers proven automated warehouse solutions with real time execution and control.  Our warehouse control system is flexible and scalable, designed to grow with your business. Contact us today to speak with an engineer and learn how you can automate your order fulfillment operation for higher throughput and profitability.

How Pick to Light Improves Warehouse Automation

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90204064 – automatic robotic warehouse with roller conveyor in industrial factory

Pick to light and put to light order fulfillment technology drastically improves warehouse automation for maximum throughput and profitability.  Pick to light systems alert operators with visual, lighted pick tags illuminated throughout the most streamlined order fulfillment path.  Cartons or totes are moved through one or multiple pick zones on a cart or gravity conveyor giving quick instruction on items and pick quantities required.

Pick to light systems deliver many advantages to distribution centers and order fulfillment operations with increased throughput and profitability achievable with very little operator training time.  Picking technicians can be trained and using pick to light systems in less than 30 minutes, which is a huge advantage for distribution centers that rely upon seasonal help during holiday and peak volume periods.

Pick to Light Software Considerations

Pick and put to light picking systems are driven by software applications which manage the order picking operation, with various software packages available.  Utilizing pick to light as part of a warehouse control system (WCS) is most advantageous as the WCS delivers real time execution of automated technologies, based on the order fulfillment database of existing warehouse management systems (WMS).

Utilizing pick to light as part of a total warehouse control system delivers maximum productivity as the application software also manages material handling equipment, conveyors, diverters, and automatic order routing with sorting.  This delivers maximum profitability to multi-zone, multi-level picking operations.

Numina Offers Warehouse Control and Automation

Numina Group is an experienced and innovative warehouse automation company, offering pick and put to light picking solutions as part of a total warehouse control and execution system.  Our Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, warehouse control system is flexible and scalable to grow with your business, providing the most advantageous technologies for your operation. Numina Group is experienced in warehouse design and analysis, providing advanced technologies designed around your requirements.

Our warehouse control and execution system provides real time control with automated technologies including:

  • Pick to Light
  • Put to Light
  • Voice Picking
  • Print and Apply Labeling
  • Order Routing and Sorting
  • In-Line Scan, Weight & Dimension verification

Numina Group is an experienced warehouse automation company, improving productivity and profitability of distribution centers across North America. Our skilled engineers provide detailed lean analysis studies and recommend the most advantageous automated solutions.

Numina Group offers warehouse design and analysis with recommendations for the most advantageous automated technologies. Our knowledgeable engineers deliver automated solutions which improve throughput and profitability.  Contact us today to learn more about pick to light order fulfillment and warehouse control.

Pick to Light Technology Improves Order Fulfillment

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Pick to light order picking systems are proven to greatly improve order fulfillment operations with increased throughput and accuracy.  Pick to light technology provides an easily identifiable visual alert to order picking operators which drastically improves order fulfillment over paper or wireless terminal ordering systems.  Operators follow lighted pick tags with cartons or totes directed through the pick zones, streamlined for the fastest picking route on gravity conveyors or carts.

Pick and put to light technology allows for the most streamlined order picking flow to quickly and accurately alert operators with the item and quantity required.  Order fulfillment operators may perform picking directly into the shipping carton or into totes on shelves or flow racks with quick identification of hundreds of different products located in dense picking zones.  Adjacent picking zones may be consolidated to support anywhere from 500 up to 2,000 or more picking locations.

Pick to Light is Significantly Faster than Paper Picking

Pick to light technology provides significantly faster operations than paper based picking systems, providing an average of 300 to 500 lines per labor hour dependent upon the product size.  Pick and put to light also drastically improves order fulfillment accuracy over paper and wireless order picking systems.  Paper picking systems are prone to human error and require secondary inspections during packing to verify item and quantities.

These additional inspections at packing are often a bottleneck in order fulfillment operations which reduce productivity and negatively affect profitability.

Numina Provides Pick to Light with Warehouse Control

The Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation company recognized for providing warehouse solutions which improve productivity and profitability.  Our Warehouse Execution and Control System (WES-WCS), Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, drives advanced technologies such as:

Numina Group offers warehouse design and analysis based on SKU velocity and recommends the most advantageous automated technologies which will deliver maximum return on investment.  Our automated warehouse solutions easily integrate with existing WMS or ERP systems to deliver real time control of all order fulfillment operations.

Numina Group is a recognized leader among warehouse automation companies, providing Tier One Warehouse Execution and Control (WES-WCS) systems to distribution centers across North America.  We offer vast experience to define the process, design the best automated system and implement optimized warehouse technologies. Contact us today to learn more about our high-performance warehouse execution and control system.

Consolidate Order Picking with Pick to Light

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Pick to light order picking systems improve picking time while reducing labor expenses in order fulfillment systems across many industries.  Pick and put to light systems bring automated warehouse technology to streamline order fulfillment and distribution operations while providing many benefits.  The benefits of pick and put to light technology include:

  • Easy to use work processes
  • Simple installation
  • Minimal training required
  • Faster processing time than paper based processes
  • Higher rate of accuracy than paper or wireless order picking

Pick to light streamlines order picking operations with easily identifiable, color coded, lighted up tags quickly alerting the operator to items and quantities required.

Pick to Light Provides Quick Visual Alerts with Pick Tags

Pick to light systems are driven by pick tags which are mounted on either the picking shelf or rack.  The operator simply scans the order barcode which illuminates pick tags on required items, giving color indications of required activities in alphanumeric displays.  The pick tag is illuminated for picking items with the required quantity clearly displayed.  Pick and put to light systems are ideal in high density picking applications which require less than case picking across one or several zones, with movement directed by a gravity automatic conveyor or a cart moving through the picking zone.

Numina Offers Pick to Light Order Picking Systems

The Numina Group offers automated warehouse systems which improve throughput, accuracy and overall profitability.  Our Pick to Light and Put to Light order picking technology supports each or case picking across one or multiple zones, greatly improving picking time while streamlining order fulfillment processes. We incorporate automated technologies with total warehouse control in real time.

Our warehouse control system, Real Time Distribution, RDS™, drives advanced automated warehouse systems which easily integrate with any existing warehouse management system (WMS) or enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.  We help order fulfillment operations to drastically improve throughput, accuracy and profitability. Combine Pick to Light technologies with Voice Picking Systems and other warehouse automated solutions for added efficiency.

Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation company, providing superior order picking technology which is proven to improve accuracy while reducing labor costs.  Contact us today to learn more about our warehouse control system, including our pick to light technology.

Order Fulfillment Throughput and Profitability

Components of a successful Order Fulfillment Design

Numina Group believes in a collaborative approach when defining warehouse operation improvements for order fulfillment. It takes the combination of the DC operation’s team input and a knowledgeable partner with application expertise in the latest advancements in distribution process automation technologies to develop the right solution to fit your order profile requirements.  The outcome of a design is taking wasted touches out while better managing and controlling the flow of orders throughout the operation.

At Numina Group, we are always exploring and persistently researching process and software improvements to advance the automation technologies that will help our clients thrive in a tight labor market and more complex Omni-channel distribution environments. We apply this knowledge as a partner to your business’ growth strategy. We evaluate current and future order growth and SKU data to validate processes and technologies that will accelerate performance and eliminate the bottlenecks in your pick, pack, and ship order fulfillment operation. Omni-channel distribution with its mix of E-com and retail add complexities that require software that manages people, processes, and product movement as an integrated, continuous order flow process.  The core steps in the DC design: select and match the right processes, technologies, and automation software to manage, control, measure, and enforce the performance improvements.

A distribution operation with the right processes, technologies, and automation drive the highest return on investment.  How do you get there?  By performing a value stream mapping design study to understand current practices and issues holding back performance and by collaboratively brainstorming process improvements with our joint teams. This results in a superior warehouse design that will drive labor saving and order accuracy, obtaining an order fulfillment solution tailored to your operation requirements. 

Here are a few components that lead to a Successful Order Fulfillment Distribution Center Design:

  1. DC road map – Data is key- so start with current analysis of yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily order and SKU shipment data. Calculate the cost per order of each shipment category order type. This exercise will create a lot of team input and also result in everyone agreeing on one version of the truth!
  2. SKU Slotting Analysis – Reviewing and understanding the order SKU Velocity and cube size drives the DC footprint requirements and the SKU slotting plan. Proper floor space and SKU slotting reduces congestion, secondary product moves to reduce wasted labor costs and improve throughput. Good slotting practices in the forward picking areas and pick aisles not only improve picking efficiencies, it reduces replenishment labor and increases inventory accuracy.
  3. order fulfillmentFacility Sizing – are you out of space/ have you fully used the current cube capacity of your building prior to making a move to a new facility? Dense storage technologies, vertical storage modules, and 2-3 level pick modules can be considered to extend the life of your current operation while adding efficiency to the order fulfillment process. Valuable building space can often be found by going up!
  4. Lean Operations – Lean up operations and engineer out the non-valued touches and material movement in the operations. Determine which steps can be eliminated in your picking and packing operation. It may be more efficient to pick A and B movers in high speed pick zones using conveyor or batch pick carts and have a parallel picking process to manage the C and D SKU’s, then consolidate fast and slow movers using an order consolidation put wall at packing. These issues and picking processes should be compared and contrasted during the design, and possibly modeled to select the right process improvement. Find and root-out wasted labor! For instance, if your operation uses 4 or more people to dot he mundane tasks of manually building cartons, hand taping boxes, and manually manifesting and labeling shipments, there are several ways to cut costs and eliminate the bottleneck in the pack and ship operation. Technologies as simple as a semi-automatic carton taper and carton erector can deliver a huge ROI by eliminating low value labor while increasing employee productivity and job satisfaction.
  5. Invest in Technology – Warehouse automation software, called Warehouse Execution and Control software, WES-WCS magnifies good processes and practices. It must have scalable architecture and contain all the software components to manage material handling equipment and order fulfillment processes. One of the most significant cost savings automation modules found in a tier one WES-WCS is Pick by Voice. The latest generation voice picking technology, referred to as a Voice Suite is proven to lower labor costs and increase accuracy to deliver an outstanding ROI. It goes beyond traditional voice picking applications and blends voice directed workforce management together with the entire pick, pack, and ship process and other automation technologies. The Voice Suite must have scalability and capabilities to cost effectively manage as little as 10 pickers in a DC, yet scale to 100+ concurrent users without any degradation in performance. It must support multiple picking strategies and include order release management, Cartonization for pick and pack direct to the shipping carton, and include labor tracking and performance metrics reporting.  The highest ROI happens with order fulfillment processes that are united and automated.

Numina Group’s Real-time Distribution Software, RDS™ Voice Suite meets all of the functionality outlined above and is designed to manage and enforce better order fulfillment processes. It is a multi-modal application combining voice commands and hands-free barcode scan validation to increase picking speeds and drive 99.99% single touch pick and pack order accuracy. It includes tools to both manage forward picking inventory replenishment and cycle counting and storage location slotting practices. RDS™ Voice includes a velocity based SKU slotting measurement software module. It assists in keeping the highest moving SKUs located along the shortest order picking travel path. The module measures SKU velocity during the picking process to identify and report poorly slotted or changing velocity SKUs to alert management that an item requires re-slotting.

What’s New- Robots/Cobots– Autonomous vehicles/ cooperative robots, called Cobots, are installed or coming to a distribution operation like yours in the near future! Cobots combined with voice directed picking can increase the picking process efficiency an additional 15 – 20% by coordinating the operators picking tasks with Cobots cart movement through the pick and pack operation.  Adding Cobots to a batch cart pick process eliminates non-value work of an operator manually pushing carts between zones and moving the pick completed carts to the pack area.

The Numina Group has over 30 years of experience designing and automating warehouses to maximize capacity, increase accuracy, and reduce labor costs. Our RD™S Voice Suite and WES-WCS can seamlessly integrates pick by voice, pick to light, conveyor systems, Cobots, ASRS, Pack to Light order consolidation, in-motion Scan-Weigh-Dim, and Print and apply labeling into a united and automated order fulfillment solution. 

Our design study services will quickly and cost effectively uncover the right processes and blend of automation to increase order fulfillment productivity 35-70% or more!  Our experienced software engineers  will assist your team in developing lean, low touch process and then implement the automation with a payback of typically 12 to 24 month return on investment.  Contact us today to arrange a free site review meeting for all your order fulfillment needs. 

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