Looking for the Best Warehouse Automation Company?

 

Are you looking for the best warehouse automation company to streamline your order fulfillment processes for increased warehouse profitability?   With all the information out there on warehouse management systems and automated equipment, it can be difficult to know which company has the best automated warehouse system for you.  

 

Many companies might tell you that they have what you need, but do they really understand your distribution system?  Have they conducted a thorough warehouse design and analysis?  Do they know the different benefits of warehouse management compared with warehouse control and execution?

 

When you need to implement a streamlined order fulfillment solution for maximum efficiency and profitability, you need the automation experts at Numina Group.

 

Numina Group Provides Comprehensive Warehouse Automation and Control

 

Numina Group has more than thirty years of experience with defining, designing and implementing comprehensive solutions for complete automated warehouse control.   Numina partners with you to understand your order fulfillment processes through in-depth lean analysis and value stream mapping practices.  

 

We dive right in, roll up our sleeves, and design a total warehouse solution allowing you to maximize all available space for increased capacity and throughput.  Our Real-Time Distribution Software, RDS™, is a Warehouse Control and Execution System (WCS-WES) that provides reliability, accuracy and guaranteed high performance to meet the demands of high-volume order fulfillment processes.  

 

Improve Efficiency and Profitability with Numina’s Warehouse Control System

 

RDS is a Tier 1 WCS-WES that integrates with any warehouse management system to drive advanced technologies for improved efficiency and profitability.  RDS is a complete automated warehouse software solution that drives advanced technologies including:

 

    • Automated Conveyors

 

 

  • Automatic Scan, Weigh and Dimension sorting
  • Pick to Light and Put to Light Picking Systems
  • Print-Fold-Insert Technology

 

RDS is a modular and scalable automated software solution that drives these and many other advanced technologies for maximum efficiency and profitability.   Our automated warehouse solutions provide immediate return on investment (ROI) with clients typically realizing an increase in profitability of 30%, reduction in labor expenses up to 70%, and improvement in accuracy of order fulfillment to 99.99%.  

 

You can have confidence in our more than thirty years of experience providing Tier One Warehouse Control systems to improve distribution processes across North America.

 

Numina provides warehouse automation solutions to distribution centers to streamline order fulfillment processes including pick, pack and ship operations.  Contact us today to speak with a knowledgeable engineer and learn how we can improve your efficiency and profitability with our warehouse control and execution system.

 

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How to Improve Your Label Printing and Applying Process

 

 

Automated print and apply labeling systems are proven to save time and money; they deliver maximum efficiencies and profitability to your warehouse.  Automating your printing and applying of labels and shipping documents reaps big rewards in labor costs, typically realizing return on investment within one year, if designed and implemented properly.

 

Eliminating the need for an operator to remove backing tape and stick envelope pouches stuffed with printed documents on each and every carton is a huge reduction in labor expenses.  Removing the element of human error also increases the accuracy of print and apply label applications, providing maximum profitability through accurate and efficient processes.

 

Professional Design of Print and Apply Labeling Systems

 

If you are interested in improving your productivity and accuracy with automated print and apply labeling systems, you owe it to yourself to contact Numina Group for proven automated solutions.  Numina provides an in-depth design of your process, factoring in all important design considerations.   

 

For an automated print and apply labeling system to function properly, you must consider the following elements of design:

 

  • Spacing – There should be a consistent gap between the cartons, as determined by the printer speed and travel distance of the tamp head, which varies with box height.

 

  • Alignment –  A thorough design incorporates a set of rules for alignment to ensure consistency in label application.

 

  • Automated conveyor system –  Proper conveyors with stable and steady transport are required for high quality tamping procedures with consistent label application.

 

These are just a few of the very important considerations that must be factored into an automated label application design.  It can be tricky to coordinate all elements of a successful print and apply automated system, and if not designed and coordinated correctly it may cause you more headaches than savings.  

 

Numina Group Provides Comprehensive Automated Warehouse Design and Implementation

 

Numina Group is a leader in designing and implementing a total Warehouse Control and Execution System, WCS-WES, including proven solutions with automated printing and applying of packing sheets and shipping documents.  Our Real Time Distribution Software, RDS™, combined with advanced technologies deliver guaranteed high performing material handling solutions in demanding distribution processes.  

 

Our X-Press PAL™ and X-Press PAL Plus™ delivers flexible and scalable print and apply solutions, including duplex printing on 8.5” x 11” or 4” x 6”, and automatically placing the pack sheet under a removable label.   

 

Our One-Step and One-Step Plus automated solutions will print the correct packing slip and shipping documents with accurate placement on cartons.  One-Step is proven to drastically reduce labor expenses with automatic scanning and verification of cartons.  

 

For proven solutions with automated printing and applying of labels and shipping documents, contact Numina today.  Our automated systems save time and money processing up to 1,500 cartons per hour, up to 12,000 in an eight-hour shift.  

 

Looking for Warehouse Software with Real Time Control?

 

 

Running your warehouse or distribution center with efficiency for high profits can be challenging in a fast paced, demanding environment.  Realizing the full potential of your warehouse software is critical to achieving success with order fill accuracy, efficiency and profitability.  If you are struggling to realize your full potential and looking for warehouse software with real time control, you should learn how a warehouse control and execution software system can take your warehouse management to the next level.  

 

Difference Between Warehouse Management and Warehouse Control

 

You may be thinking of replacing your current warehouse management software, or maybe you are considering hiring additional labor to fill the void between order planning and execution?   This is where knowing the difference between a warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS) is vital to achieving maximum profitability.    

 

A WMS typically focuses on broad activities, such as processes and people, and is helpful to schedule labor in relation to order fulfillment requirements and inventory.  The key function of a WMS is to act as a business planning system, and usually does not operate in real time, nor does it provide any control over automated equipment.  

 

Achieve Efficiency, Accuracy and Profits with Warehouse Control System

 

A WCS will interface with your WMS, providing control & execution of material handling systems such as sorters, automated conveyors, carousels and a host of other automated equipment.  The WMS will tell you what you need to have, when and where you need to have it, but if something changes and creates a bottleneck in your process, a WMS won’t adapt to the new situation.

 

A warehouse control and execution system will prevent a bottleneck in the first place by adapting to situations in real time, and telling your equipment how to respond for the most streamlined operation.  This powerful warehouse software acts like a floor supervisor, directing your equipment and labor to work in the most efficient manner with accuracy and consistency.  

 

Numina Provides Technologically Advanced Warehouse Control Software

 

If you are utilizing a host of material handling devices and systems, and looking for more control to balance them all together for efficiency and profitability, call the experts at Numina Group.  We have over thirty years of experience in developing the most technologically advanced warehouse software for complete control and execution.  

 

Our Real Time Distribution System, RDS™, is a flexible and scalable automated solution that drives advanced technologies for high accuracy and efficiency.  We can integrate with any warehouse management or ERP system with real time control and guaranteed performance.  

 

RDS drives advanced technologies including:

 

  • Automated Conveyor Systems
  • Print and Apply Labeling
  • Pick Execution with Voice or Light Picking Systems
  • Print-Fold-Insert Technology
  • Automatically Scan, Weigh and verify Dimensions
  • And many more!

 

Numina’s Real Time Distribution System is a Tier 1 Warehouse Control and Execution System that meets the demands of high volume order fulfillment, with reliability and guaranteed high performance.  Our skilled team provides easy connectivity, web based diagnostics, and ongoing service and support from our knowledgeable software engineers 24/7.

 

Numina provides accurate automation with all warehouse distribution order fulfillment processes including picking, packing, sorting and shipping.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can improve your accuracy, efficiency and profitability with total warehouse control.   

 

What is a Voice Picking System and How Will It Help Me?

Voice directed picking systems in warehouses and distribution centers have been around since the 90’s, but are rapidly rising in use due to technological advancements that make it simple and affordable to implement.  Voice picking is a dialogue between your team members and your warehouse control system.  Employees wear a headset and receive voice directed commands for picking inventory for orders based on smart scanning of SKU and serial numbers.  Voice is also used in put applications to replenish inventory with direct voice commands to the employee.   

 

Picks are confirmed as a worker moves through the warehouse from one location to the next with easy to understand voice commands. Voice systems direct workers through the warehouse with the path optimized to be the most efficient.

 

Numerous Benefits of Voice Directed Picking

 

One of the most valuable benefits of voice picking systems is that the employee has free use of both hands.  A voice picking system provides hands free scanning which drastically boosts productivity and eliminates the need for workers to pick from paper or carry an RF scanner.   

 

Voice picking technology is also very effective, proven to improve accuracy to 99.99%.  Voice directed picking systems decrease the chance of error with real time scanning directing pick and put applications.  

 

A voice directed picking system should be multi-modal, allowing feedback from the operator’s’ voice, and easy to learn with minimal start up training and voice recognition required.  

 

Numina Group is the Voice Picking System Specialist

 

For voice picking systems that outperform the competition, contact the voice automation experts at Numina Group.  Numina Group’s Real Time Distribution, RDS™, warehouse control system combined with RDS Voice delivers the latest in technological advancements for optimized warehouse automation.  

 

RDS Voice provides much more than voice directed pick and put functions, it is a complete modular order fulfillment automation solution!  RDS Voice provides a host of benefits, including the following:

 

  • Hands Free Scanning to capture 2D bar codes
  • Smart Batch Picking with optimized walk path
  • Pick to Carton or Tote Applications with smart conveyor zone routing
  • Includes Labor Management module with complete worker traceability and productivity tracking
  • Order Release and Pick Wave Management
  • Improves Productivity in receiving, picking, inspection and replenishment
  • Speaker independent – no voice recognition training required
  • Hardware independent

 

Numina’s Voice Picking System, RDS Voice, directs hands free pick and pack processes for uniform and controlled operations.  This superior technology is easily interfaced with your current WMS or ERP system, and is simple with no voice training required making it is easier to onboard and train new employees.  

 

Boost your productivity by up to 50% with hands-free, voice directed picking systems from Numina.

 

The Numina Group leads the industry with a Tier 1 Warehouse Control and Execution System, designed for high profitability.  Contact us today to learn more about our automated warehouse solutions, including our superior voice picking technology.  

 

 

Voice Directed Order Fulfillment Automation for Frozen Food Fulfillment Success Story

Founded over 100 years ago, Neesvig’s is a family owned meat processing and specialty food fulfillment firm.  They distribute products nationwide as a one-stop shop for e-com food fulfillment.  The firm specializes in third party logistics services for dozens of top brand food suppliers and retailers of perishable, frozen, refrigerated and dry goods.

Continuous growth was overwhelming their previous facility and limiting their ability to add additional customers.  Neesvig’s decided a new facility was required and hired The Numina Group to perform a facility engineering design study and define means to improve the order fulfillment operation. The outcome of the study concluded that a new facility incorporating lean automated pick, pack, and ship processes would yield substantial savings and quickly justify the investment.

On completion of the study, Nessvig’s hired Numina to implement the material handling automation. The automated processes are controlled by Real-time Distribution System, RDS™, Numina’s Warehouse Execution and Control System WES-WCS.

RDS™ includes a voice directed order fulfillment automation module that manages the entire pick, pack, and ship order fulfillment process throughout the new distribution center.  At order start RDS manages Cartonization to direct cooler size selection, and manages document insertion and license plate barcode label application.

Pick by voice directs order picking throughout the operation.   At order release, RDS batch picking begins in the freezer and directs bulk picking of products. The products are then moved and dynamically slotted to the forward cooler area pick module.  Customer orders are picked to the shipping container/coolers.  Items are picked and pack validated using a combination of voice and hands-free barcode scanning for capture of the SKU, GS-1 lot numbers, and sell by dates.

At the exit to the pick module coolers receive the proper ice pack quantities so orders arrive frozen at the customer’s home. “Voice picking has streamlined the process, reduced errors, and increased worker productivity” said Paul Werwinski, President of Neesvig’s. “We reduced picking labor in the freezer by 50 percent.”

Pick and pack completed shipping coolers convey to the in-line scale. Orders that pass the weight audit convey to the print-and-apply labeling systems for automated application of the shipping label. “The print and apply has eliminated the manual processes of weighing and hand applying the shipping labels, significantly speeding up the shipping process” Werwinski said.

At the exit of the print and apply labeling system, coolers convey, are automatically shrink wrapped, and sorted to UPS/FedEx parcel trailer. Automation gave Neesvig’s efficiency gains across the entire operation providing an excellent ROI and scalability to handle Neesvig’s growth. According to Werwinski, the investment has reduced labor costs by 35 percent and increased throughput by 40 percent during peak periods. “From start to finish, we have less touches, faster order completion time and less errors, Automation has paid off for us.”

Please enjoy the corresponding Neesvig’s success story video.

If you’re interested in reducing labor costs by 35% or more in your operation, please contact The Numina Group at 630-343-2622.

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Invest in Warehouse Technology

Unemployment in April 2017 hit a 10 year low, sending a wake- up call that companies need to invest in technology to increase productivity in warehousing and distribution operations!

The US Job Market added more jobs than expected in April lowering the US Unemployment rate to a 10-year low.  The latest report shows the addition of 211,000 jobs in April and with the unemployment rate at 4.5%, the US economy is effectively at historic full employment.  Additionally, the two month Consumer Confidence Index is at its highest level in 8 years, which should strengthen American businesses’ confidence in the US economy and its continued growth.

With an already tight labor pool getting tighter, manufacturing and warehouse distribution operations are finding it increasingly difficult to find reliable workers. Baby boomers are continuing to retire at record numbers, and the cost of wages and benefits will increase significantly.

When you add in the cost to recruit and hire new employees, and the fact that it is far more difficult and expensive to find manual labor and temporary workers during peak periods, companies have no better return on their investment than automation technologies.

Winning businesses are quickly adapting to the changing labor market by investing in leaner, less labor intensive processes that eliminate wasted touches, and at the same time increase order fulfillment accuracy. Implementing the right automation, such as pick by voice in combination with pack and ship automation technologies, is a proven strategy to boost productivity 30 to 50% or more in manufacturing and distribution operations.

Here’s a few reasons to investigate voice picking technology:

  1. 12 to 18-month ROI
  2. Pick by Voice is quickly deployed, resulting in immediate increases in picking productivity and order accuracy. It is well suited to for Omni-channel picking, B to B, and E-Com fulfilment, especially in applications that require capture of lot codes, serial numbers, and sell by date data.
  3. The latest generation voice is speaker independent, and eliminates operator voice training so operators become instantly productive, even temporary workers! Reduced training time combined with hands-free barcode scanning provides pick and pack validation in a single touch directly to the shipping carton.
  4. Voice directed pick, pack, and ship order fulfillment outperforms manual process liked paper based picking or RF terminal based picking with 25% to 30% gains in productivity and accuracy rates of 99.98%+ with no secondary inspection.
  5. Pick by Voice enforces better work practices across you workforce and directs operators in a lean, efficient, and uniform order picking practice. It includes a labor management module that measures and reports worker productivity, and provides additional tools to analyze order fulfillment costs, which allows for increased focus on distribution profitability.

Tips to Improve the Pick Process

Start by reviewing the pick processes and making sure the SKU slotting profile is based on velocity movement.  An efficient travel path with SKU’s properly slotted based on A, B, C velocity will create a more efficient pick, pack, and ship order fulfillment process. Picking labor can account for up to 55% of a DC’s labor cost, so an efficient and lean process combined with the right technology drives wasted steps and costs out of the operation!

Once picking is streamlined, don’t ignore the additional improvements to be gained by deploying automated pack and ship technologies such as in-line pack automation lines that combine scan-weigh-audit, pack sheet print and insert, void fill and auto carton taping/sealers, automated print and apply labeling, and manifesting.  Automation in packing can increase daily shipment capacity, eliminate overtime, and cut labor costs by 50%

In conclusion, automation gets more work done with current or fewer employees to increase shipments in less time and at a lower cost. Numina Group can assist you in making this happen at your operation. We will define and develop improved order fulfillment processes, and help in selection and implementation of automation technologies that improve productivity and profitability across the entire distribution operation

Are you looking for tips to improve the picking process in your DC facilities?  The Numina Group is here to help.  Call (630) 343-2638 or Fill out a Contact Form to arrange a complimentary site visit and consultation.

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