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Opening up the potentials for distribution centres and order-picking systems

 
: Dietze, G.; Wichmann, G.; Weber, A.

Mechanical Industry Research Laboratories; Chinese Institute of Automation Engineers; Tsinghua University, Beijing:
Automation for tomorrow's competitiveness. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Automation Technology 1996. Vol. 2
Hsinchu, Taiwan: Industrial Technology Research Institute, 1996
ISBN: 957-774-081-2
pp.235-239
International Conference on Automation Technology <4, 1996, Hsinchu>
English
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IML ()
automation; cutting stock problem; Durchlaufregal; flow rack; industrial robot; information flow; Informationsfluß; Kommissioniersystem; Kommissionierung; Ladeeinheitenbildung; order-picking; Packmustergenerierung; palettieren; palletizer; pattern generator; Robotereinsatz; rotary flow rack; rotary rack; Stauraumoptimierung; Umlaufregal

Abstract
There is hardly any other task in material flow systems where the material to be moved and the corresponding information flow is as closely connected as in order-picking systems. Order-picking offers a large potential for rationalisation and automation especially within the material flow chain from production to delivery. The ranges of possible solutions on the one hand and the requirements on the other hand are more differentiated than in any other material flow system. Characteristic for order-picking are increasing labour costs and an often great physical strain for workers. Permanently increasing product ranges in line with changes in demand, a trend towards smaller order batches, the demand for short-term deliveries and increasing customer requirements show the complexity of this field. Therefore, order-picking often presents an unclosed gap, as far as automation is concerned. This is closely related to the fact that necessary information could not yet be provided upfront. By appl ying new optimisation methods for automatic processing of customer orders, all necessary information can be made available at the time of request. This is the key for the efficient rationalisation of order-picking systems and the integration of material handling systems. In this paper we will present some examples that show the benefits of these methods in manual, semi-automated as well as in fully automated systems.

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