In a market that calls for increasingly flexible supply chain solutions, choosing the right picking system is a fundamental step for a company seeking to increase efficiency in storage management.
Picking, what it is and why it affects the efficiency of a storage system
Any picking system optimized for the specific product handled, ensures increased efficiency both in the working flow and the storage system itself. This means fewer errors, increased speed and safety, and a precise control system able to guarantee a continuous improvement of the overall performance. For this reason, the products designed by Ferretto Group – from static metal racks to advanced automatic storage systems - integrate different technical solutions. The ultimate goal is always the same: to respond as effectively as possible to the needs of individual sectors and applications in the storage and handling of goods.
The Vertimag EF vertical automatic storage system can be used with goods in any shape, weight and size,reducing the surface area occupied by up to 90%. Flexibility is enhanced by the possibility of supplementing it with different and specific picking technologies. Starting fromthe exclusive Ferretto Group systems, such as Ergo-Tech,which, with a second lift placed underneath the bay inside the structure, allows the flow of a double bay to be achieved, always operating with perfect ergonomics. Unlike other solutions available on the market, Ergo-Tech is suitable for all types of picking, but it is perfect for intensive picking: in fact, it guarantees speed, thanks to the second tray ready for the next operation, and greater efficiency of the operator, who can always work at an optimal height.
Laser pointers, which facilitate the rapid identification of the product, alphanumeric led bars, which provide the operator with the necessary information regarding the item and the operations to be performed, and pick & put-to-lightdevices are among the most used picking technologies. The latter, in particular, combine the benefit provided by vertical storage systems and the efficiency of human handling. In fact, each operator receives a "pick to light" order from the vertical storage system and, guided by its reference color, puts ("put to light") the number of products indicated in the individual trays. This results in the more efficient organization of work, a higher number of order lines completed by each operator, as well as greater precision, speed, and accuracy of operations, thanks to the intuitive process and the presence of control and verification systems.
The Ferretto Group vertical storage systems can also be integrated with other tools, depending on the needs. In some sectors, like those related to mechanics and plastics, several pieces must be assembled and heavy items need to be handled with ease: in these cases the right equipment is thetrolley, which enables the operator to completely extract a tray from the storage system and transfer it for processing to other production areas, or the integrated jib crane, whichlifts the heavy components needed.
These are just some of the picking solutions with which Ferretto Group vertical storage systems really make the difference, responding with functional and effective products to the most varied pick and put needs.