Powerful Warehouse Control and Execution System

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101121899 – automatic labeling machine.

When evaluating warehouse control and execution systems be sure to check out the robust Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, by Numina Group.  RDS™ is a powerful Tier One Warehouse Control and Execution System which provides flexibility with several automation modules.  RDS™ balances work orders with real time control of advanced automated technologies such as:

  • Voice Picking System
  • Print and Apply Labeling
  • Print-Fold-Insert, PFI™ technology
  • In-line Scan-Weigh-Dimension, SWD™
  • Automated Conveyor Systems

Numina’s X-Press PAL™ print and apply labeling system improves throughput and eliminates bottlenecks in the pack and ship area by processing up to 25 cartons per minute with high speed and accuracy.  PFI™ automated systems print, fold and insert up to ten packing slip documents per carton, processing up to 13 cartons per minute.

In Line Scan-Weigh-Dimension with Automated Sorting

Numina’s Scan-Weigh-Dimension, SWD, provides automatic verification of outbound carton size and weight with a high resolution camera.  Images are time stamped and stored for quality control and customer satisfaction.  Automated sorting is achieved with proven cartonization software and automated conveyor systems.

Real-Time Warehouse Control Proven in Many Industries

Real-Time Distribution is a powerful, robust warehouse control system which is proven in a multitude of applications across North America.  RDS™ improves productivity and profitability with clients realizing typical benefits of:

  • Labor cost reductions from 30% to 70%
  • Increase in accuracy to 99.99%
  • Increase in profitability of 30%
  • ROI in 12 to 18 months

Numina’s warehouse automation engineers offer in-depth knowledge of automated technologies and decades of experience.  We are committed to improving your warehouse distribution process for maximum throughput, accuracy and profitability.

Numina Group is recognized as a leading authority on warehouse automation systems offering real time warehouse control and execution solutions.  We define, design and implement advanced automated technologies which easily integrate with existing WMS or ERP systems.  Contact us today to speak with an engineer about our turnkey solutions with robust warehouse control software and automated technologies.

Warehouse Automation Companies for Turnkey Solutions

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Experienced warehouse automation companies offer comprehensive, turnkey solutions including warehouse design, order flow analysis and automated warehouse systems. When looking for warehouse automation in your order fulfillment, manufacturing or distribution center operations, be sure to check out Numina Group.  Numina offers turnkey automated solutions when reduce costs and improve throughput to many industries including:

  • Consumer goods
  • Healthcare
  • Food and beverage
  • Third party logistics (3PL)
  • E-commerce
  • B to B and B to C order fulfillment
  • Manufacturing
  • Parcel delivery
  • Automotive parts
  • General merchandise

Numina offers proven automated warehouse system to these industrial distribution processes and many others.  We design, define and implement automated solutions which typically provide our clients with:

  • Profit increases up to 30%
  • Labor cost reductions from 30% to 70%
  • Accuracy improvements to 99.99%
  • Return on investment (ROI) within 12 to 18 months

Warehouse Design and Analysis

We provide a streamlined warehouse design based on order flow analysis, SKU velocity, inventory and storage processes and define the automated solutions to deliver maximum benefits.  Numina’s engineers partner with clients to develop the automated systems which will eliminate wasted touches or bottlenecks in your process.  Our automated solutions are proven to improve productivity and profitability.

Our warehouse control software, Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, integrates with any existing WMS or ERP system to provide real time control of selected automated technologies.  Automated warehouse technologies include:

  • Voice Picking System with hands free scanning improves accuracy to 99.99%
  • Labor tracking module included for tracking employee performance
  • Print and Apply Labeling systems which process cartons up to 25 per minute
  • Inline Scan-Weigh-Dimension systems for automatic shipping validation
  • Automated conveyor systems including MDR conveyors, Bombay, cross-belt, tilt-tray and many others

Numina’s warehouse automation engineers are the best in the business, committed to improving your productivity and profitability with reliable, robust automation technologies.  We offer exceptional customer service to ensure your total satisfaction and success.

Numina Group is a recognized leading warehouse automation company providing proven automated warehouse solutions.   We offer decades of experience from skilled automation engineers.  Contact us today to learn more about our proven, automated warehouse turnkey solutions. 

 

How to Find the Best Voice Picking System

Voice-Picking-300x230Voice picking systems provide several advantages to distribution center picking processes with increased efficiency and accuracy in order picking.  When analyzing voice picking systems, be sure to check out the voice picking technology offered by the leading warehouse automation specialists at Numina Group. Numina Group offers comprehensive warehouse automation solutions powered by Tier One Warehouse Control and Execution System, Real-Time Distribution (RDS™).

RDS™ offers several advantages over other automated warehouse systems with flexibility tailored to your needs.  RDS™ is scalable, designed to grow with your business supporting high volume production with reliable, real time control.  Integration with your existing WMS or ERP system make it easy to design integral components around your distribution processes.

Warehouse Control System with Voice Picking Technology

RDS™ is robust warehouse control software which provides extended functionality over other systems, driving advanced technologies with real time control.  Warehouse automation modules include:

  • Voice Picking Systems
  • Print and Apply Labeling
  • Print-Fold-Insert technology
  • Inline Scan-Weigh-Dimension
  • Inline Sorting and Scanning
  • Automated Conveyor Systems

Real Time Distribution combined with the right automated technologies delivers significant cost reductions with a quick return on investment (ROI).

Numina utilizes the newest generation of voice picking software which delivers easy to understand voice commands to operators and requires little training for quick setup and operation. Our voice picking system manages the entire order picking process across batch carts and multiple zones with hands free scanning validation.  Implementation of voice picking technology by Numina is proven to deliver an improvement in efficiency of at least 30% and increases in accuracy to 99.99%.

Numina Group is recognized as an authority on warehouse automation systems offering more than 30 years of experience in designing warehouse automated solutions. We design, define and implement advanced automated technologies driven by powerful warehouse control software.  Contact us to speak with an engineer about our warehouse execution and control system featuring the latest generation of voice picking technology.

Increase Order Throughput with Print and Apply Labeling

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Automated print and apply labeling systems significantly improve order fulfillment throughput while reducing labor costs. Automatically printing and applying packing slips and shipping documents provides valuable increases in productivity while reducing manual labor expenses.  Automated print, fold and insert technology inserts documents into cartons prior to sealing such as material safety data sheets and compliance documents.

By automatically applying documents and labels, the chance for human error is eliminated while advanced technology quickly processes label application. Be sure to work with a reputable and experienced warehouse automation company to realize maximum benefits with print and apply systems.  Numina Group is a recognized leading authority on warehouse automation systems offering real time warehouse control with advanced technologies including print and apply labeling.

Numina Group Offers Warehouse Control with Print and Apply

Numina Group offers a Tier One Warehouse Execution and Control System (WES-WCS) which is flexible and scalable to grow with your business.  Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, easily integrates with existing WMS or ERP systems, providing automated solutions tailored to your needs. Our print and apply labeling systems processes cartons up to 25 per minute for high speed, accurate packing and shipping processes.

Automatically print packing slips and shipping labels at either 4” x 6” or 8 ½” X 11” on single or dual sided labels.  Combine with Numina’s patented inline Scan-Weigh-Dimension technology for automated cartonization providing accurate sorting and shipping.  Eliminate the bottlenecks that often occur in the packing and shipping areas with high speed, accurate label application.

Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation company, offering decades of experience and vast resources to deliver proven automated warehouse solutions.  We partner with our clients to identify and eliminate bottlenecks, drastically improving throughput.  Contact us today to learn how you can improve your distribution processes while saving money with automated warehouse control including print and apply labeling.

Improve Pick and Pack Processes with Scan-Weigh-Dimension

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Cartonization software with Scan Weigh Dimension technology improves picking and packing in order fulfillment processes. Successful B2B and B2C order fulfillment operations utilize cartonization software to provide accuracy and efficiency and meet increased Internet order demands. Automatically capturing the weight and dimension of outbound cartons provides a final inspection checkpoint and eliminates chargebacks from freight carriers such as UPS, FedEx and the USPS.

Accurate product SKU, weight and dimension information is important to select the proper carton size, prior to order picking and packing.  Cartonization software automatically determines the best carton for the order, eliminating the guesswork of manually selecting the carton size.  When given a choice, operators typically will select a larger sized carton than necessary which results in additional packing materials and increased shipping rates.

Warehouse Control Software Includes Automated Cartonization

Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, is a warehouse execution system consisting of flexible and scalable modules including cartonization software with automatic Scan-Weigh-Dimension (SWD) technology. SWD delivers real-time cartonization control with a high-resolution camera which stores images of cartons for quality control and customer satisfaction.

With cartonization technology, orders are packed with the right size of carton and sorted to the proper shipping location.  Companies realize increased accuracy, and decreased shipping expenses. Combined with voice picking technology and automated print and apply labeling, scan-weigh-dimension significantly improves productivity and profitability to eliminate bottlenecks in pack and ship areas.

With in-line scanning and image storage, companies have assurances of accurate dimensions while realizing less shipping expenses.  SWD improve the shipping process with improved accuracy, productivity and profitability.

Numina Group offers real time control of picking and packing processes, with automated cartonization software.  We provide detailed warehouse design and order movement studies to deliver the best solution with flexible and scalable warehouse control software. Contact us today to speak with an engineer and learn more about our cartonization and scan-weigh-dimension technology

Voice Picking Software Supports Perfect Order KPIs

Voice-Picking-300x230Voice picking software utilized in order fulfillment and distribution center operations is proven to improve efficiency and accuracy while providing labor cost reductions.  Voice picking is a critical component of an automated warehouse solution, which significantly improves the picking function and provides a quick return on investment. Voice picking is an integral part of successful order picking systems and contributes to achieving key performance indicators (KPIs).

Voice picking technology contributes to achieving:

  • Complete order fulfillment accuracy
  • On-time delivery
  • Accurate documentation

Not all voice picking systems are made the same, with new generation voice picking technology providing quick and easy setup in minutes with little to no training required.

Numina Offers New Generation Voice Picking Technology         

Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation company offering skilled warehouse design and automated technologies driven by real time warehouse control software.  Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, easily integrates with existing WMS and ERP systems to provide real time control of automated technologies, tailored to your needs. Flexible and Scalable modules meet the demands of mid to high volume distribution centers with Tier One Warehouse Execution and Control (WES-WCS).

Numina’s Voice Picking System Outperforms the Competition

Numina’s voice picking system is one of the most important modules to achieve maximum cost saving efficiencies, increases in accuracy and a quick ROI. Our voice picking system provides:

  • Increase in accuracy to 99.99%
  • Lowers labor costs
  • Provides quick ROI
  • Includes labor tracking and reporting

Operators are guided through the most streamlined order picking path with easy to understand voice commands. The wearable headset allows for its two-handed picking and automatic scanning increases picking accuracy.  RDS™ Voice includes order release modules and advanced cartonization to support direct picking to the right size of cartons.  The level of accuracy achieved with the numina’s voice picking technology eliminates the need for secondary final inspection.

All factors contribute to improved performance of all order fulfillment KPIs, contributing to increased productivity and profitability.

Numina group offers warehouse automation solutions with proven warehouse control software and automated technologies. Our voice picking system significantly improves order fulfillment KPIs while reducing labor and expenses. Contact us to learn more about improving your distribution center operations with voice picking and other automated solutions.

 

Advantages of RDS™ Intelligent Automation Voice Picking Solutions Suite 

 

Numina Group has been at the forefront of Intelligent Automation with voice picking solutions for Material Handling and Order Fulfillment for over 30 years. Intelligent Automation takes traditional automation and makes it smarter, able to tackle more complicated processes – software enables the automation to make decisions based on rules, for example. This greatly increases productivity, and accuracy while reducing labor costs. Numina Group’s Real-time Distribution Software, RDS™ is a modular real-time software platform that is the powerhouse behind Numina Group’s Intelligent Automation.

RDS™ is a versatile Warehouse Execution and Control System, (WES- WCS) with all the pre-developed modules necessary to execute highly efficient pick, pack, ship order fulfillment operations, including controlling conveyors, sorters, in-line scan weight, vision audit, retail and compliance labels, label locations, voice picking, AGV’s, ASRS and other material handling automation. What truly differentiates the Numina Group from our competitors in this space is the RDS™ Order Release and Voice Suite.

The RDS Order Release and Voice Suite gives our customers the ability to streamline their operations, create seamless workflows, and easily scale up and down during peak times and seasons.  RDS™ order release wave optimization logic performs more efficient order release across multiple work areas and executes multiple picking strategies in concert with RDS™ Voice and other order fulfillment automation technologies. 

RDS™ pick by voice seamlessly integrates with Order Release and Cartonization logic, taking into account labor required, in real-time, across multiple pick zones to perform the order picking. It selects the combination of cartons and totes based on the SKU dimensional weight, releases the order flow based on calculated work standards and travel time across the pick zones and can additionally include the performance activity required at upstream process areas, such as put walls for order consolidation, and pack and ship processes to increase productivity and throughput across the distribution operation.

Numina Group’s RDS™ Order Release Module

Numina Group’s order release module uses the RDS™ intelligent automation software to boost efficiencies in order fulfillment practices. This software goes far beyond traditional batch or continuous wave order release by balancing the order through modeling and measuring the zone work performance across all the pick zones required for a given order. The order release module takes into account the picking tasks in parallel work tasks to synchronize picking across the entire distribution operation.

The RDS™ Order Release Module uses a model-based reasoning algorithm that allows settable work zone standards. The software measures the real-time work performed for selecting and balancing release orders in a closed loop process. Real-time displays show expected performance to actual order throughput with alerts and displays of orders zone progress.

The IA order release algorithms use model based reasoning to account for the following operation/order picking parameters:

  1. Delivery priority assignments
  2. Carrier cutoff times & customer specific service level (same day shipments)
  3. Zone utilization (if a zone is full, release cartons that need picking to be performed in other zones)
  4. Routing Travel times
  5. Picking path and alternate routes
  6. Cartonization
  7. Palletization (largest/heaviest cases at the base, lighter/smaller on top)
  8. Customer specific business rules (carton, case, VAD, padded or polybag)
  9. Processing times (carton build, picking, consolidation, pallet build) based on configurable workmanship standards with real-time measured feed-back control

RDS™ Order Release Module continuously measures each order’s pick zones historical and actual picking performance to select and release orders from the available pool of orders based on each zones order max capacity level setting.  When combined with RDS’s pick by voice, the software measures and takes into account each operators picking performance to further optimize the order release process.

RDS Voice Picking Solutions Suite

voice picking solutionsThe RDS™ Voice Suite is a robust and powerful voice directed software application for picking and managing warehouse work tasks that work seamlessly with the RDS™ order release module.  The Voice Suite includes a family of pre-developed picking methods (i.e. strategies) that interleave picking with other applications such as shorts, replenishment, cycle counting and inspection functions tailored to the customers’ requirements.

During the design phase of a project, Numina Group’s engineering team and the client’s team work together to analyze current order fulfillment practices and select the combination of picking strategies best suited to obtaining the highest picking performance rates. The picking strategy selection process accounts for the SKU velocity, cube characteristics, order profiles and shipment methods across each zone to the order release module’s engineered order completion time-window.

The RDS™ Voice Suite supports a wide mix of picking strategies matched to the application requirements including:

  1. Smart Cart Batch Order picking using mobile cart-pick to carton or totes
  2. Speed Pick single orders to totes on pick carts and conveyor systems
  3. Bulk Pick single orders
  4. Conveyor Pick module-zone routing pick to carton or totes
  5. Dynamic Zone Carts – on demand picking of a batch of 3 or more orders in walk back pick or slow mover zones
  6. High-bay order pickers using pallets or carts
  7. Fork Trucks pallets or cart picking
  8. Put Wall pick zone order consolidation
  9. Sort by Voice and stage at dock areas and definable order consolidation and pallet build locations

RDS™ Voice Suite includes a labor and order movement tracking software module. It measures order throughput and tracks and reports an individual worker’s picking productivity within their assigned work zones to the zones settable standards. The labor tracking and reporting data can be used to implement a pay for performance program that rewards employees for exceeding labor and accuracy goals. Pay for performance programs have proven to significantly improve warehouse performance across all elements of labor, including accuracy, base wages, overtime, and retention.

RDS™ Multi-Modal Speaker Independent Voice Picking Solutions

RDS™ uses a superior speaker independent multi-modal voice technology that combines natural speech voice commands with hands-free barcode scanning to scan pick locations and item pick validation by scanning the product barcode and/or lot serial number instead of reading check digits. Hands free scanning reduces a large percentage of the operator’s voice confirmation dialog especially when the scanner is the latest 2-D technology, increasing picking efficiency by 10% or higher than a voice only picking technology.

Speaker independent means zero operator voice training so new or current operators are productive in 5-10 minutes.  It is highly intuitive and remarkably easy to use compared to a traditional voice only system. A traditional voice only system relies on the operator receiving and confirming picking tasks using voice responses compared to a voice technology such as RDS™ Voice that was developed from its inception to operate as a multi-modal voice technology that enables incremental benefits in nearly every aspect of the order picking process.

Multi-modal voice commands are combined with hands-free product and lot scan validation. The technology provides a single touch pick and pack validation at near 100% accuracy rates. The higher accuracy that a voice only achieves over an RF based terminal picking technology is due to the operator’s eyes focused on the work with pick and pack instructions being voice directed as outlined below:

  • Go to location A101
  • Scan item
  • Pick “2” voice command
  • 2 “OK” voice response acknowledgement

The above 4 steps happen in near real-time (typically in under 2 seconds). Interleaving voice commands and hands-free scan validation is faster, more efficient and leaner order picking by eliminating reading instructions and data entry to minimize picking labor and the vast majority of secondary order inspection and packing work.

Conclusion

Distribution operations require a flexible, modular and highly reliable software platform that intelligently manage order release and balances work tasks while managing and controlling the latest automation technologies. This is the domain of RDS™ WCS-WES and its Voice Suite for more efficiently managing pick, pack, and ship order fulfillment operation.

RDS  WES-WCS’s latest Intelligent Order Release Module optimizes order release in both continuous order and batch wave release and picking applications. The software synchronizes order picking assignments and prioritizes the order flow across the entire distribution center. When matched with the right voice directed picking process and pick zones standards, RDS™ enforces a more efficient and higher in accuracy picking process. The results: reduced labor, improved order throughput for a faster ROI and higher profitability in order fulfillment operations using Numina Group voice picking solutions.

Contact Numina Group to learn more about RDS™ WES-WCS capabilities.

 

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