Storage & Staging Equipment June 25, 2012
Wynright Hybrid Light and Voice e-Fulfillment Material Handling System
The hybrid system allows pickers to fill multiple orders at the same time rather than having to pick and put each order sequentially. Combining order fulfillment this way can help organizations realize up to a 25-percent increase in picking rates per hour—the equivalent of adding an extra person to an eight-hour shift, according to Wynright.
In a standard warehouse or distribution center, pickers receive a single order, then pick the individual components from bins around the facility and put them in the tote for that order. For popular items, pickers may go to the same bin a dozen or more times each day.
With Wynright's hybrid light/sound system, orders can easily be grouped together. The light system directs the picker to all the required bin locations and shows the aggregate quantity of items that should be picked for all the orders the picker is currently handling, and the voice system directs individual order quantities into which totes each product should be placed, saving time and increasing productivity. The hybrid light/sound system can be easily integrated into all standard warehouse management systems, according to Wynright.
Wynright has designed the hybrid light/sound system to be very flexible and to adjust to the capabilities of the workforce. For example, new employees may only be assigned two simultaneous orders, while experienced pickers may be responsible for a dozen or more orders on a single run. The system can also be adjusted to accommodate faster picking in areas where lights are not available, such as end caps.