12 September Improving Order Picking Productivity in Warehouses September 12, 2019 By Gina Wurms logistics |server based|, |UWB| 0 Tracking the routes of order pickers can greatly reduce operational costs and the amount of time spent order picking. At a glance server-based localization of order pickers analysis and optimization of picking tours Problem Definition Picking processes account for a large proportion of the total cost of ownership of warehouses and distribution centers. Maintaining organized order picking is the key to maintaining operational productivity. Managers failing to take measures to optimize warehouse picking may result in unnecessary picking processes and increased manpower and resources. Solution A tracking system makes it possible to trace order picking routes and increases the transparency of order picking processes. The solution contributes to route optimization and supports the identification of ideal picking tours. Employees carry Ultra-wideband tags with them during their shift. The solution provides for twice as many UWB tags as employees. Charging the tags that are not in use ensures that enough tags are available at all times. In the backend, employees' routes are visualized and can be used for extensive reporting and evaluation options. The current order and the optimal picking sequence are displayed to the pickers via a smart device. Based on the analyses, the picking routes can be optimized. The shorter throughput time allows for more orders to be processed and higher sales to be achieved. Technical Implementation infsoft Locator Nodes are installed in the warehouse. The employees carry UWB Locator Tags with them, which are recharged when not in use. For positioning, the Locator Tag measures the distance to several infsoft Locator Nodes and sends the data back to them. From there, the data is forwarded to the infsoft LocAware platform®, where it is intelligently processed and can be used for analysis purposes. Using an app, order pickers can view the optimal tour for their order. The extensive functions of infsoft Analytics make it possible to measure the success of the picking processes and to uncover optimization potential. Interfaces to ERP or WMS systems can be easily implemented. Use Case PDF for Download Get the white paper for free Great introduction to the topic of indoor positioning Download Related Articles Georeferenced Order Management for Fruit Harvesting This use case by infsoft describes the implementation of a tracking system in a fruit orchard. Read More Tracking of Equipment for Maintenance Orders A mobile app for maintenance service providers ensures that all necessary work equipment is carried in the service vehicle. Read More Automated Workflow Management for Maintenance Orders in Healthcare A workflow management app helps to quickly locate medical equipment to be serviced and to ensure efficient maintenance workflows. Read More Tracking of Load Carrier Circulation Tracking of load carrier circulation supports on-schedule completion of orders. Read More Indoor Navigation and LED Identification of Goods in Logistics In large warehouses, indoor navigation and tracking solutions can make picking processes more efficient. Read More Effective Inventory Management in Warehouse Logistics Tracking and digital, automatic labelling of containers with components in stock support the optimal ordering policy. Read More Comments are closed.