Smart FreePick Maximiser, patented software developed by Dematic, makes it possible to pick goods for full case orders without “physically” touching them.
By analysing and cross matching customer requirements, it is possible to match multiple full case orders to full pallet quantities.
Picking the stock for one or more orders leaves behind a “free pick” quantity for another order.
The productivity gains to be made by matching like orders and picking them in a high rate pick module are very substantial.
Dematic’s Free Pick Maximiser uses a number of complex algorithms to quickly re-sequence orders and generate the highest quantity of “free pick” opportunities and the optimum order fulfilment sequence for any batch of orders.
The “free pick maximiser” concept can be used manually or by incorporating a robot to do the picking, and can be deployed in mixed case pallet, or mixed layer pallet picking operations. Either way, significant productivity increases of up to 400 per cent are achievable.
Stock required for the FreePick Maximser process is assembled in a staging area adjacent to the Free Pick Maximiser order-picking module.
Full and empty pallets required for the modules are loaded in a controlled sequence by forklift onto integrated pallet conveyors.
Each time a new order is to be processed, the conveyors automatically deliver up to two full pallets (donor order pallets) and up to two empty pallets (put order pallets).
Large screen workstations provide clear visual instructions, with the FreePick Maximiser software directing the operator to transfer the required number of cases from the donor order pallets to the put order pallets, assembling multiple customer orders at the same time.
Once completed and labelled, the pallets are collected for further processing or taken direct to despatch.
Dematic FreePick Maximiser makes it possible to process up to 60 per cent of goods from the module without physically touching them, significantly improving operator productivity, reducing distribution costs and increasing throughput capacity.
Dematic Pty Limited
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