A blog by Kardex Remstar... FramePick 4 Wholesale combines the speed of the Kardex LR 35 storage modules, the productivity of put-to-light technology with the convenience of the widely used order picking trolleys. With this efficient, dynamic and flexible system for fast order fulfillment, trading companies can drastically reduce the turnaround time of orders.
Wholesale companies feel the pressure on the operation in the warehouse increase almost daily. The growth in e-commerce is leading to significant changes in customer ordering behaviour. More and more warehouses of wholesale companies - whether they operate in the consumer or business market - are finding that their traditional fulfillment operation is being squeezed. There is simply no time for an order picker to walk along endless rows of shelving to collect, pack and ship the last items on time.
Kardex has developed a new solution for these warehouses: FramePick 4 Wholesale.
This is an efficient goods-to-person solution with which companies can reduce walking distances by up to 65 percent. A combination of smart and intuitive technologies makes picking errors almost impossible. By intelligent grouping of orders, it is possible to increase the productivity of order pickers substantially. All without a complex system of rigid conveyors or other expensive material handling equipment.
More picks with less walking
The heart of the system consists of the LR 35, the fastest vertical storage system in the Kardex Remstar portfolio. A combination of two LR 35 modules makes it possible to present up to 300 storage bins per hour to the operator with nearly no walking. An additional advantage is that up to 80 percent of floor space can be saved.
What makes FramePick 4 Wholesale unique is the possible use of existing order picking trolleys for picking the articles. These order picking trolleys are simply placed behind a Put Frame with put-to-light displays. The operator can connect the customer order bins on the trolley to the displays with a simple scan. When one of the LR 35 modules presents a new storage bin, the displays show how many items should be placed in which customer bins. When all orders are complete, the trolley with the full customer bins can be easily transported to the packaging area. And the new trolley with empty customer bins takes over the position in the Put Frame.
Modular and scalable system
FramePick 4 Wholesale is a modular, flexible and scalable system. Depending on the product range, the turnover rate and the order pattern, configurations are possible with two, four or six LR 35 modules. Companies can start with two LR 35 modules and easily add modules as needed. The number of trolley positions can also be easily expanded by adding additional Put Frames. In a six LR 35 module configuration, three order pickers can be easily deployed at peak times. The use of multi-colour displays allows each operator to see at a glance in which customer area his items should be placed.
Kardex Remstar delivers the complete solution including LR 35 modules, Put Frames and software that is fully geared to fast order fulfilment for wholesale and e-commerce. Based on best practices, various standard software modules have been bundled into a quick and easy to implement system that can easily be integrated with the existing ERP or warehouse management system (WMS). Auxiliary systems such as a touch screen and laser pointer help to reduce the number of picking errors to a minimum. As an option, Kardex Remstar can also supply the plastic bins, order picking trolleys, label printers and additional software modules. The whole is offered with a complete service package. This gives the customer the security needed for fast order fulfilment.