Modula solutions to automate and speed up warehouse operations

05/11/2021

Put to Light, Picking Station and Picking Cart

In the effort to optimize production processes there is also a focus on achieving more efficient logistics management. Improving the planning of all processes related to the storage of raw materials, semi-finished and finished products is an important and difficult goal, especially in view of the increasing number of complex orders and tight delivery schedules.
To better manage orders while reducing errors and returns, it is first of all necessary to analyze the range of products, quantities, resources, storage space available as well as the number of orders to be managed and the target delivery times.
The choice between single-order or multiple-order picking can lead to significant differences in efficiency.
The importance of minimizing travel distances for order preparation is now well known. This is possible, for example, by choosing all the products for multiple orders (multi-order picking) on a single route or by simultaneously selecting the total quantity of a specific SKU for multiple customers (batch picking).
To improve the management of batch and multi-order picking and get ahead of the competition, Modula has devised new systems for rapid and automatic picking.
Created to facilitate the operators' tasks, the Put to Light, the Picking Station and the Picking Cart guarantee a remarkable increase in productivity together with the optimization and simplification of picking operations. This is even more true when these picking aids are combined with automatic storage systems such as Modula's automatic vertical storage systems, for example.
These new picking systems are based on the use of colour codes and displays that light up to indicate where the operator must pick and place the items, also taking into account the quantities involved to complete the order.

Put to Light

Put to Light solutions are the best choice for order preparation when a fast, intuitive, scalable and error-free process is required. In a Put to Light system, the displays visually guide the operator to the containers in which the items for each order must be placed. A luminous display is associated with each location or container assigned to an order. Sorting is carried out by item. Once an item has been identified, the displays visually indicate the container in which the operator must place the item and the required quantity for each order. The WMS software that manages the Put to Light system enables the implementation of different picking strategies, including batch or multi-order picking.

Picking Station

This is a fixed, complete and modular picking station, equipped with various picking positions. It is made up of a sturdy coated steel structure, shelves to support the containers and a number of Put to Light displays with the respective control unit/power supply. The modules can be coupled to expand the station for those who need to process multiple orders simultaneously. Intermediate modules are also available for the installation of monitors, label printers, barcode readers or other accessories.

Picking Cart

This is a mobile, complete and modular picking station, able to adopt different picking positions. It consists of a coated steel cart equipped with 4 pivoting wheels for easy maneuverability, shelves to support the containers, a number of Put to Light displays with the respective control units, power/backup batteries, and a Wi-Fi system for wireless connectivity.

Mobile picking systems such as the Picking Cart can also be associated with automatic handling via AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots), which are designed to work alongside humans. The main feature of these collaborative mobile robots is that they move autonomously, even in dynamic industrial environments, and are completely safe.
Once an order has been completed on a Picking Cart, it can also be transported autonomously to a different area of the warehouse where further processing is carried out manually, or to the packaging or shipping department.

All-around solutions to improve efficiency, speed, and ergonomic design for advanced logistics.

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