What's the most appropriate order fulfillment technology for your application: lights, voice, or RF? In the past, you had to choose one technology or the other. Now, any two—or all three—technologies can operate in the same warehouse, while being controlled by one integrated software platform.
Systems integrator Dematic now offers a WCS (warehouse control system) software platform that controls and directs all these devices in an integrated solution. This allows users to match the appropriate technology to the application. That means, for example, that an order fulfillment system can utilize pick-to-light technology for fast-moving items (which light-directed systems handle more efficiently than voice), and use voice-directed technology for medium/slow movers—applications where the cost of a lighted slot display may have a weak ROI.
Another configuration could include the use of pick-to-light technology for picking, and voice technology for replenishment, receiving, or shipping functions. Or the operation could use voice devices for picking an SKU container, and then use light technology to put the SKUs to an order.
Users can mix and match as required. The WCS gives them the flexibility to employ the optimal solution for each application, while operating the system with one software platform that keeps each sub-system in integrated synchronization.
Company: Dematic Corp.
Company URL: www.dematic.us