GEBHARDT GridPick - Enhanced efficiency in manual warehouses

Intuitive, easy to integrate, flexible

GEBHARDT GridPick - The semi-automatic order picking system

GEBHARDT GridPick* is the new system for enhanced order picking efficiency in manual warehouses. It consists of several freely navigating driverless transport robots with an integrated GEBHARDT StoreWare® material flow system (MFS). The order picker is guided through the warehouse and through the picking process in a route-optimised manner. The picked articles are verified using a barcode scanner integrated into the vehicles and sorted into the loading area. The employee has their hands free, is not required to shift heavy loads and the distances and times spent searching for items are significantly reduced.

Intuitive and cooperative operation

 

Working together with the GridPick robots is intuitive. The GridPick is regarded as a “Co-Bot” - a cooperative, collective and collegial robot - which supports and eases the burden on employees in enhancing efficiency within manual warehouses. The employee uses a tablet as the user interface, which is attached at eye level. Information on the shelf side, the exact compartment, the article and the quantity to be picked is displayed here. Each article is verified using the barcode scanner below the tablet. LED strips are integrated on the side of the loading area, which indicate the container in which the scanned article is to be placed according to the put-to-light principle. Thus, false picks are almost completely eliminated. The loading area of the robot is designed so that a maximum of four 600 x 400 mm containers with a total load of 80 kg can be transported. Smaller containers, boxes or hanging goods can also be transported.

Easy integration and flexibility

All robots communicate via WLAN with the superimposed GEBHARDT StoreWare® MFS and report back their current status regarding location coordinates, battery charge, etc. Using SmartWatch, employees are connected to the system at all times and receive information and instructions. The MFS connects to the warehouse management system via flexible interfaces and receives the picking orders. GridPick is compatible with existing warehouse management systems from S&P, E&P, proLogistik, inconso, TUP and SAP amongst others. Alternatively, it is possible to use our in-house warehouse management system GEBHARDT StoreWare® as a complete package. Through integration with the GEBHARDT Galileo IoT Cloud, the foundation for future topics such as Predictive Maintenance or artificial intelligence has already been laid. Dashboards visualise the performance of the system online and show approaches for improvements. The possibilities are wide-ranging and can be flexibly selected according to customer requirements.

Benefits

-          Simple and rapid commissioning

-          No changes to existing shelving systems

-          Easy integration into existing software landscape

-          Makes work easier and improves ergonomics

-          Increased productivity

-          Enhanced efficiency and cost reductions due to automated material flow

-          ROI within a short time

-          High flexibility

-          Good scalability

-          Shortened training period for new employees

-          Paperless picking

-          Verkürzte Einarbeitungszeit neuer Mitarbeiter

-          Papierlose Kommissionierung

Flexible, autonomous, secure

Everything at a glance

The robots are intrinsically safe and, with their two laser scanners, have a 360° panoramic view without blind spots. Based on the environmental data, they identify people and obstacles and navigate unerringly to the specified positions. Thanks to intelligent navigation, no floor markings, induction loops or reflectors on the wall are necessary to autonomously approach the various positions. Thereby route guidance is completely free. 

Picking process

At the starting point, the individual robot is equipped with load carriers that are assigned a unique place on the loading area. In the next step, the robot navigates autonomously towards the warehouse. At a predefined location, the vehicle waits for an employee. As soon as an order picker registers, the picking process begins. The warehouse compartment of the first item is displayed. The robot stops at the specified storage compartment and shows the employee via tablet from which compartment it has to remove which quantity. After the picked article has been scanned by the robot, the LED bar indicates exactly into which container the article is to be placed. As soon as the pick has been acknowledged, the next storage compartment is approached. This process is repeated until all pick orders assigned to the robot are complete. At this point, the robot leaves the employee and independently transports the picked articles to the agreed delivery point. The employee is guided via SmartWatch to the next free GridPick robot.

Simplified work and enhanced efficiency

Since the GridPick system is integrated into the given warehouse structure, fast commissioning is guaranteed. The existing shelf structure and the process flow remain unchanged, the work of the order picker is considerably simplified by the intelligent system and improved from an ergonomic point of view. Due to the fact that the travel distances and picking times are reduced, productivity can be increased many times over without having to make high investments. This allows a return on investment (ROI) within a short time. Even order pickers without GridPick support can continue to work alongside robots in the warehouse. 

*Not available in the United States of America.

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GEBHARDT GridPick
The semi-automatic order picking system

GEBHARDT GridPick
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