Opex shows goods-to-person piece picking shuttle technology

Showcasing the Perfect Pick goods-to-person piece picking solution in a press conference on Tuesday, OPEX Material Handling (Booth 619), director of marketing Beth Ann Haven Ferner noted that the system has been engineered to eliminate the complexity associated with other shuttle technologies—and attendees at the show have been taking notice.

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Showcasing the Perfect Pick goods-to-person piece picking solution in a press conference on Tuesday, OPEX Material Handling (Booth 619), director of marketing Beth Ann Haven Ferner noted that the system has been engineered to eliminate the complexity associated with other shuttle technologies—and attendees at the show have been taking notice.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the system’s iBOT intelligent wireless vehicles, which provide full access to the inventory in a single aisle without elevators, lifts or conveyors. They simultaneously stock items and deliver totes or trays directly to a picker at rates up to 1,000 dual cycles per hour,” she said.

Picking stations can be located at one or both ends of an aisle. Designed as a redundant system, Perfect Pick has no single point of failure making it a reliable picking solution ideal for manufacturing and order fulfillment, said David Stevens, CEO.

“The autonomous iBOTs can be quickly and easily extracted or introduced back into the system without any disruption to ongoing operations,” he said. “To expand, a single aisle system can accommodate more iBOTS at any time.”

The company has almost completed an installation in Hebron, Kent., for a 10-aisle system with 20,000 SKU locations at a height of 32 feet, and 100 foot-long aisles, Ferner added.

ProMat 2013 is scheduled to be held January 21-24, 2013 in Chicago’s McCormick Place South. The tradeshow will showcase the latest manufacturing, distribution and supply chain solutions in the material handling and logistics industry. Modern’s complete ProMat 2013 coverage.


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Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC. Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery.

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