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Method for designing a hybrid rack picking system

: Schmidt, T.; Mühlenbrock, S.

Ellis, K.:
Progress in material handling research. 10th International Material Handling Research Colloquium 2008 : 28 May - 2 June 2008, Dortmund
Ann Arbor, Mich.: Braun-Brumfield, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-882780-15-0
International Material Handling Research Colloquium (IMHRC) <10, 2008, Dortmund>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IML ()
order-picking; AS / RS; hybrid picking system; rack-picker; depalettizing; two dimensional order-picking; automated order-picking

The order-picking of cases shows a high potential for automation. In addition to the commonly used portal robots systems are required which could flexibly deal with a large assortment of articles. A new concept combines classical automated storage/retrieval systems (AS/RS) with modern handling technologies. In addition to a description of the system this paper presents suitable fields of application. The system offers two different options for the picking of a certain article - manual picking from pallet at the end-of-aisle as well as automated single pick. In order to find the most effective variant for overall system performance, a model is developed to determine the optimal number of single picks.