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Modex 2012: Dematic introduces extended piece picking functionality

Dematic introduced extended picking functionality of its goods-to-person order fulfillment solution for piece picking, or RapidPick.
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From left: Ken Ruehrdanz, distribution market manager; Mike Khodl, vice president of solution development; and John Baysore, president and CEO, demonstrate the new piece picking capabilities of Dematic’s RapidPick system.

By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
February 06, 2012

Dematic (Booth 2300) introduced extended picking functionality of its goods-to-person order fulfillment solution for piece picking, or RapidPick.

“Last year at ProMat we introduced a one-to-one solution that allows an order selector to pick from one SKU position into one order position,” said John Baysore, president and CEO of Dematic North America. “Our extended functionality allows an order selector to pick to multiple order positions.” A typical configuration, Baysore added, might be one SKU position to 6, 12 or 24 order positions. However, the modular design of the solution allows the end user to configure the pick station with the quantity of order positions that is most productive for their application.

In addition, the system now includes the ability to handle cartons of varying sizes in addition to totes.

This configuration creates more options for operational flexibility and less steps in the process; complete orders can travel directly to the case sealing and shipping area. In addition, the inventory-staging engine that supports the RapidPick station with inventory can accommodate a variety of load types.

Dematic’s order fulfillment system is typically supplied with SKU totes from a multishuttle or RapidStore sub-system.  Both the Multishuttle and RapidStore staging buffer can accommodate a variety of load sizes and types. Both staging buffers can be configured with a loading handling device that will automatically flex to accept various load widths. 

Baysore added that the system can handle 1,000 totes an hour with two aisles of multishuttle storage and is targeted at operations with picks of greater than 300 lines per hour.

Modex 2012 is scheduled to be held February 6-9, 2012 in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete Modex 2012 coverage.

About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.


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