Numina Group, Waypoint Robotics create batch order picking solution
Batch Bot Module optimizes and tracks voice picking applications
Numina Group and Waypoint Robotics have teamed up to create a powerful autonomous batch order automated order picking solution. Numina Group’s real-time distribution software, RDS Batch Bot Voice Picking Application integrates with Waypoint Robotics’ vector autonomous mobile robot (AMR) to provide an innovative, highly efficient order-picking solution. The RDS automation module uses pick-by-voice commands to direct operator zone movement and picking tasks while coordinating the Waypoint Vector AMR batch cart movement throughout the distribution center. Using Kingpin technology, the AMR efficiently picks up and moves carts with heavy and/or large quantities of orders, allowing the operators to focus on the high-value order picking duties. The Vector AMR Kingpin connects and drops carts quickly, resulting in higher hourly throughput per cart, and a more efficient pick, pack and ship operation. The solution simultaneously coordinates both the Waypoint AMR and order picking to eliminate wasted operator walk time and fatigue caused by manually pushing carts with as much as 600 pounds of products throughout the distribution center. RDS directs the Vector AMR with Kingpin pick-and-drop technology, so the pick carts automatically move to each shelf or rack location. At the end of the pick, RDS directs the AMR to transport the finished carts to packing workstations. When combined with the RDS Batch Bot solution, Vector provides higher order-fulfillment efficiency, reducing labor costs by 40 percent or more compared with a manual cart-picking process. In addition, the Warehouse Execution and Control Software Suite now includes a new Batch Bot Module to optimize, manage and track activities, extending the capabilities of the RDS Pick by Voice picking application so that workers and the autonomous batch cart movements are coordinated throughout pick and pack. The Batch Bot module includes order release and prioritization, cartonization pick to carton, put to light order consolidation, and labor and order tracking performance metrics reporting.”
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