MDR conveyor

Medical Supply Distributor

Implementing automation thoughout fulfillment

Client:

MEDICAL SUPPLY DISTRIBUTOR

Our Role:

CONCEPT DESIGN, ENGINEERING

Services:

AUTOMATION INTEGRATION
  • tote de-stacker
  • print and apply
  • vertical indexing conveyor VRC
  • vertical reciprocating conveyor VRC
  • case turning unit
  • print and drop
  • automatic tote closer
  • MDR conveyor

THE PROJECT

PeakLogix helped a national medical supply distributor integrate technology across its facility.

The fully automated design advances totes, and cases where appropriate, through the distribution center’s picking zones from start to finish. Various traditional elements were repurposed and paired with innovative technology to automate the process, reducing the cycle time and doubling the facility’s fulfillment volume.

SOLUTION

PeakLogix integrated technology in every step of the fulfillment process to create automatic advancement and navigation from order receipt to order shipment to reduce fulfillment cycle times and increase fulfillment volume.

IMPLEMENTING AUTOMATION

• Fulfillment begins with the tote moving through De-Stacker and Print & Apply

• Tote progresses through conveyor, moving through both a Vertical Index Conveyor and Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor

• Innovations such as Case Turning Unit, Print & Drop and Automatic Tote Closer are integrated into the fulfillment process

• Controlled-Flow Gravity & Tote/Case Turning can double the fulfillment volume

Implementing automation to reduce fulfillment cycle times while increasing fulfillment volume.

tote de-stacker
TOTE DE-STACKER

Queues stacks of empty totes and automatically singulates totes for induction into pick module. Can dispense up to 20 totes per minute.

print and apply
PRINT & APPLY

Prints tote label and applies it to the tote. Guarantees consistent label placement. Eliminates need for multiple printers (and manual application) throughout the pick module.

vertical indexing conveyor VRC
VERTICAL INDEXING CONVEYOR

Directs tote to the level of the pick module where first pick is to be completed. Bypasses levels on which there are no picks. Helps to reduce tote traffic within the module, and reduces cycle time of pick process.

vertical reciprocating conveyor VRC
VERTICAL RECIPROCATING CONVEYOR

Moves totes between levels of pick module. Can have multiple infeed and outfeed windows. Vertical conveyance within a small footprint.

case turning unit
CTU – CASE TURNING UNIT

Automatically turns the tote 90 degrees so the label is facing the picker. This orientation also allows for more totes to be queued in a pick zone.

print and drop
PRINT & DROP

Automatically prints Pallet Content Sheet (PCS) and drops into tote. Totes must be presented with lids open. Eliminates need for diverting totes into “QC” area for PCS printing.

automatic tote closer
AUTOMATIC TOTE CLOSER

Automatically closes totes after completion of picking and/or Print & Drop. Includes jam detection to account for defective or over-stuffed totes.

MDR conveyor
CONTROLLED-FLOW GRAVITY & TOTE/CASE TURNING

Allows queuing of totes/cases on decline, essentially doubling the volume of totes/cases that can be accumulated on a sort lane. Automatically turns the totes/cases 90 degrees so that the label is facing the dock associate. This orientation also allows for more totes/cases to be accumulated on the sort lane. A level-sloped conveyor allows for easy removal of any tote/case without pressure.

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