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Dematic has introduced the Lasertrucks+ solution, which combines laser-guided pallet trucks with a voice-directed system to increase picking productivity for case-picking applications.

In a typical case-picking operation, there are opportunities to maximise productivity and accuracy.

During order picking, however, the warehouse staff members are doing many tasks other than picking, such as getting a new shipping pallet, getting on and off a pallet truck and taking the completed pallet to shipping.

Further optimisation of the picker’s productivity can be obtained through the addition of voice-picking technology.

By leaving the pickers hands free, the picking action becomes faster, with additional benefits in terms of ergonomics and accuracy, according to the company.

However, this still leaves the order fulfilment staff doing a lot of travel as opposed to doing what they are meant to be doing – picking.

Dematic claims that, by eliminating the non-value-added tasks associated with a typical case-picking operation, Lasertrucks+ has the potential to double picking productivity while retaining the flexibility of manual systems.

The Lasertrucks+ solution upgrades pallet trucks to driverless operations using industrial-grade laser guidance systems.

At the start of an order, the laser truck delivers a new pallet directly to the picker, automatically moves with the voice-equipped picker as picks are verbally confirmed and transports the completed pallet to shipping while the next laser truck brings a new pallet to the picker.

The case-picking productivity increases as operators are freed up to focus solely on picking.

The Lasertrucks+ solution is claimed to deliver improved safety, energy efficiency and operational transparency in manual warehouses.

During peak periods, pickers with manual pallet trucks can work in conjunction with Lasertrucks+ to take up the additional throughput.

Routing plans can be updated as requirements change and additional Lasertrucks+ can be added and even transferred between sites.

The Dematic warehouse control system integrates Lasertrucks+ with a warehouse management system or enterprise resource planning.

It provides the real-time management and transparency of a Lasertrucks+ operation, including management information and decision support, order prioritisation, order status, productivity statistics and reports and workload analysis and reports.

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