Optimize Pick and Pack
Have you ever observed your order pickers? Then you know that they lose a lot of time with the continuous re-stacking of pallets or roll containers. Time and again, the next product does not fit well. The result is that the previously collected products must be positioned differently in order to obtain an efficiently loaded, stable load carrier.
As a result, order pickers with little experience and limited spatial insight lose a lot of time. This is especially true in warehouses with a wide range of diverse items. The weights, dimensions, shapes and packaging materials can vary considerably from product to product, which makes order pickers a difficult puzzle.
IPS calculates per order which products have to be stacked in which way on which pallet or roll container. These stacking patterns are translated into clear, visual stacking instructions. Via the screen of a wrist terminal, tablet, smartglasses or other device, the order picker receives the correct instructions at the right time.
Thanks to IPS, the order picker no longer has to think about the best place for a product. He sees at a glance where to put it. In addition, the visual instructions act as an additional check: the order picker sees at a glance that he has picked up the wrong item.
IPS offers additional benefits in warehouses where the collection and packaging of products are separate processes. With the stacking instructions of this tool, the packaging process is no longer a bottleneck. In fact: IPS even offers the possibility to combine the collection and packaging and to completely eliminate one process step.
- Order pickers no longer have to puzzle
- Constant re-stacking of products is no longer necessary
- IPS speeds up the assembly of pallets
- Shorter lead times
- Fewer order picking errors
- Fewer process steps
Why choose IPS?
Crucial in automated order picking or packaging processes is the question of how products should be stacked on the load carrier or in the box. IPS has the answer. The tool calculates how to optimally position the products and gives instructions to the system, whether it is a robot, palletizer, packaging machine or manual stacking station.
A choice for IPS is more than a choice for an IT system. You choose an optimization process that can intervene in many processes in the warehouse. Each process therefore starts with a situation description and a problem analysis, which makes clear on which points IPS can improve. This is followed by a feasibility study, supplemented with simulations and demonstrations to further elaborate the application possibilities.
IPS is not a stand-alone tool, but an add-on. This means that the tool must be integrated with the system that controls the operation in your warehouse. This can be a warehouse management system (WMS), but also an ERP system or a self-developed system. By using web services, we can easily integrate IPS with every system.
Are you interested?
If we have aroused your interest, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to show you a free demo of the possibilities.