Medical Supply Distributor
Implementing automation thoughout fulfillment
CONCEPT DESIGN, ENGINEERING
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.
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.
• 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.
Queues stacks of empty totes and automatically singulates totes for induction into pick module. Can dispense up to 20 totes per minute.
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
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
Moves totes between levels of pick module. Can have multiple infeed and outfeed windows. Vertical conveyance within a small footprint.
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 & 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
Automatically closes totes after completion of picking and/or Print & Drop. Includes jam detection to account for defective or over-stuffed totes.
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.