Order Picking Systems

... deliver fast

Kommisionierung 1

Warehouse Station

Fränz & Jaeger builds solutions for paperbased and paperless order picking with pick by light or wireless terminals.

Stations for order picking (man-to-goods) are constructed in vendorspecific dimensions. They are arranged typically around a loop-conveyor.

Trays identified by barcode or RFID find their way to the stations. Optionally are control weighers at all stations. Therefore the system stores the empty weight as well as the current weight of each tray.

Trays are guided through the warehouse fully automaticliy by the DPS System. The system is fault tolerant and responds good-naturedly to manual intervention.

 

Ipunkt

I-Punkt

For paperbased order picking Fränz & Jaeger developed the "I-Punkt" with integrated printing. 

Press wholesale order picking

Many press-/book-wholesalers and publishing companies think about picking and delivering their goods in trays. Many successful field tests took place which proved that this approach showed more advantages than disadvantages:

  • There is high acceptance from their clients because the goods can always be delivered undamaged and without soil traces.
  • The slightly lower packing density of trays compared to stacks in the trucks has proven irrelevant in practice.
  • Trays are long-living and their costs are outweighted by the lower number of returned goods and the saving of strapping costs.
  • Order picking becomes much more smoothe and can be accomplished with higher degree of automation. This is the essential saving potential.

Order picking line

Wanne auf Rollband

Fränz & Jaeger GmbH, with their long year experience with press-/book-wholesalers, drafted a new order picking system based on trays:

Movement of trays by conveyor technology alongside the shelves.

  • Pick by Light
  • Automatic stop of conveyors if order picker is too slow
  • Automatic printing of delivery note at the end of order picking process directly into the trays
  • Weighing of trays on continuous scales and automatic push off to a control working place in case of weight dfferences
  • Continuous tracking of trays on clients' order

The facility is also suited for stack handling. This faciliates the phase of transition.

 

 

 

 

Sorter systems

... sorting at a good price

Sorter Aktion

The clients' situation

In almost any logistical use case goods must be sorted, here e.g. packages on truck tours. Although standard sorters provide a solution, they have benefits on top of what is most times needed and at a price that does not justify their operation. Alternatively, the only possibility was manual sorting.

Our solution

Sorter Simulation

We provide individually suited sorters laid out for an average capacity up to 3000 units per hour and a maximum weight of 40 kg. They can be composed using conventional conveyor technology and are priced accordingly. Fränz & Jaeger designs the best sorter system for your needs using approved components.

Control technology

DPS Sorter HV

Concerning the realization of control technology systems we use the latest technologies. Camera-based omnidirectional scanning and decentralized controlers based on WAGO IPC (Linux based with CeDeSys SPS component) to ensure our customers an optimal cost-effective solution.

Optimization

Simulation

Our special 3D simulation environment allows a faithful planning and simulation of the system in question with optimization of the controler in real time. The result is an efficient, cost-effective implementation without loss of production time.

Operational safety

ZMS

Even during operation, the system is continuously monitored by our process control system ZMS. It can be maintenanced locally or remotely at any time with new software versions over the network.

Conclusion

Fränz & Jaeger designs the optimal sorting system for customers needs composed of approved components:

  1. Identification and mapping - the applicated barcodes on the goods to be sorted are optically recorded from multiple sides by a camera system. For unambiguous identified units the sorter exit can be assigned fully automatically. Otherwise the recorded images are forwarded to a manual or teleworking editing place where they are identified by human workers.
  2. Weighing - Optionally the units can be weighted by a continuous electronic balance.
  3. Printing of result label - Finally an unambiguous result label is printed on lth fly. For this purpose we use printers with blowing air technology because they guarantee stable application even on rough surfaces.
  4. Sorter routing and ejection - The last step is to convey the unit to the actual sorter element which realizes the ejection (using pop-up or belt conveyer). The number of exits is only limited by the length of the facility.

Conveyer technique is realized in cooperation with notable vendors. The technique is operated and controled by our approved DPS-system (Decentral Programmable Controler). The successor of classic PLC (SPS in German) and ready for industry 4.0.

Documentation systems

The clients' situation

Unpleasant, but well known: a customer claims to have not received an ordered amount or defective goods. Difficult to prove the opposite talking about complex products. Some examples from real life:

Example 1:  Magazine publisher X is direct supplier for bookstores at train stations. Customer Y complains to not have received a certain magazine. Was there an order picking fault,  i.e. an error at the supplier's site, or is the customer responsible? Basically that opens unfortunately the flood gates to cheating.

Example 2:  Legal obligation of product tracking: In some sectors, e.g. food industry, for some time it is required by law to keep records of the product life cycle allover from producer, supplier to the customer. But how to accomplish this in practice? The remedial measure is a documentation system.

Example foods

Dokumentationssystem

The F&J ESIBS-System:  Electronical System for Identification and Image Archiving of Beef Cattle.

The beef cattle is recorded with 4 cameras. Transponder ident, slaught ident and date of slaughter together with the cattle's automatic identified tattoo are registered in the system and saved redundantly. The data is added to the electronic documentation file and further processing steps are started. During ongoing operation it is possible to access documentation of the last three months without accessing any archive. Thus, questions about quality and state of the product can be clarified within seconds instead of hours formerly.

Example animal health state

In living animals health state is defined by the Body Condition Score (BSC). Manual determination of BSC is very time consuming and requires extensive personnel commitment. By means of  3D-Infrared-Cameras BSC can be determined automatically and thus costs get significantly reduced. The cameras scan the animal walking past, and the computed BSC is saved automatically together with the animal's ident in the documentation file. Thus quality and health of animals can be reviewed and documented continuously.

Example parcelled goods

A documentation system is a remedial measure here, too. In the named example photographs of incoming or outgoing goods are taken together with a standard scale. The barcode or address of the shipping order respectively are also scanned. These information together with the actual date are stored. The stored information can be recalled at any time via a GUI designed for search. Thus it is possible to prove if goods or packaging was missing or damaged.
State of the art PC systems are capable of handling the enormous amount of data and of storing images of several production months. Likewise today's camera and PC technology can provide such high clock rates in photography, which correspond to the usual speeds of conveying systems.