Swisslog has created a new high-speed order fulfillment system that is tailored for the e-commerce market. Called "Click&Pick," the system combines Swisslog's AutoStore inventory storage technology and high-speed pick stations with its fulfillment software suite.
Click&Pick helps companies increase both their fulfillment throughput and stock-keeping-unit (SKU) density, says Swisslog.
Click&Pick uses Swisslog's high-speed picking and selecting technology to increase productivity up to 1,000 picks per selector per hour. Swisslog says that Click&Pick enables orders to be filled more than five times faster than manual shelving systems.
Additionally, the system uses robots for put-away and storage. Workers merely insert bins into the storage cube via one or more receiving stations, at which time the robots take over for the actual put-away work.
The solution also uses Swisslog's Autostore inventory storage technology to help companies cube out the warehouse and leverage all valuable space. The system enables a typical space reduction of 60 percent when compared to storing SKUs in static bin shelving. The vertical storage cube enables Click&Pick to use almost every cubic foot of a distribution center from the floor to the ceiling.
Another benefit of Click&Pick is its flexible and scalable infrastructure, according to Swisslog. In the Autostore inventory storage technology, slower-moving SKUs descend to the bottom of each stack and faster-moving SKUs continually percolate to the top of the stack. In addition, the number of robots working at the top of the storage cube can be increased as needed. This helps manage peak fluctuations in shipping volumes without creating any hard constraints.
The design of the system also improves the work environment for a company's associates. The system's work stations present bins ergonomically to operators at the perfect position, thereby eliminating all unnecessary bending and stretching. Click&Pick also reduces warehouse noise and improves cleanliness compared to conveyor and other technologies, says.
Company URL: www.swisslog.com