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NorthShore is now
the leading supplier of
incontinence supplies and
adult diapers, sold primarily
in the home delivery market.
Due to rapid growth.
an auto-cart connection and drop technology, and the largepayload allowed greater lines per picker rates.
The design incorporates floor-level access to all SKUsslotted at floor level across six pick zones. The highestmoving SKUs are stored in three deep pallet-flow to minimize replenishment for the top 100 moving products.
Slotting and storage improvements have reduced replenishment cycles. If required, the approach operates from rear accesscarton flow and pallet flow without disrupting the AMR orderpicking operation. As a result, the picking solution fleet of onlysix AMRs can process a peak daily of 3,500 to 4,000 orders a shift.
WES Directs the Order Fulfillment Operation
Numina’s Real-time Distribution Software (RDS) is theWarehouse Execution and Control System (WES-WCS)hat manages the order release logic and picking using itsick by voice technology. The software application coordi-ates the movement of the AMR pick cart and people pick-ng tasks across the picking operations. This arrangement ishat can be called the “direct me” approach, uniting peo-le’s work tasks and robots’ activities together in a singleoordinated operation throughout the pick, pack, and shiprder fulfillment processes.
The WMS releases orders to the RDS system, includinghe weight and cube of items, cases, and order shipment pri-rity status. The RDS system creates optimized batches ofrders to batch pick carts and the highest pick lines densityithin zones. The order release process then selects and as-gns the available work to each AMR.
The system automatically dispatches the AMRs to pick up
cart and travel to the first required pick zone:
The RDS looks for the closest picker, and a voice com-
mand directs the operator to meet the arriving AMR cart at
he first pick location.
• The picker scans the cart, and a voicecommand directs the operator to scanthe locations and product barcodes tovalidate picking.
• Voice command directs the placementof the items to the correct cart order assigned position.
Combining voice and AMRs has resultedin picking rates exceeding 250 lines an hourper operator at pick completion. In addition,this voice picking system enables new employees to be productive in 15 minutes whileproviding 99.9% picking accuracy.
Once the cart picking is completedacross the required zones, the system directs the AMRs to transport and dropstheir carts at an open packing station, andthey’re ready for the next work assignment. Pack operators then complete thepacking of each carton, place the cartonsor full cases onto the automated pack, andship conveyor line for in-line scanning,weighing, dimensioning automated print,applying labeling, and sorting to the required parcel carrier line. The AMRs alsoperform the duties of picking up the empty carts at packing and transporting them
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The Numina RDS system directs over picking using hands-free voice technology.
Photo courtesy of NorthShore Care Supply.