Definition: Distribution and Materials Handling
Type: Information : Book, Magazine & Journal
Category: Material Handling Equipment
Induction: The process of identifying the product to be sorted, getting the
product moving at sorter speed, and ensuring there is the appropriate gap
between boxes for the specific sorter application. The sorter needs to be fed by
the induction system at the rate of the intended sorter performance (e.g., 125
per minute). Usually involves a bar code scanner and a series of belts that move
at different speeds to create carton gaps – a process made more challenging by
today’s very high speed sorters that can operate with very small gaps between
Merge: As the name implies, a merge point is basically an area where product
from one part of the total conveyor system is inserted into the main conveyor
line leading to the sorter itself. Increasingly sophisticated controls and
technology are being used to accomplish merge processes at ever-higher speeds
today. A typical example would be a merge coming out of a given pick module.
Merges come in several types, generally named according to the way the physical
design looks (sawtooth merge, herringbone merge, etc.), and each is best suited
to different applications.
Print and Apply: Sub-systems that apply a label in-line on the conveyor system
prior to the merge point. Sortation systems generally have each carton uniquely
identified, usually by a bar code (in the future, perhaps RFID). If cartons are
not pre-labeled with a unique bar code identifier, then companies have two
choices: pickers can apply labels to cases during the picking process, which
degrades productivity, or it can deploy an in-line print and apply system.
Generally, a scanner reads a generic case bar code, the WCS looks up order and
other information for that SKU, a label is then printed and applied at high
speed (approximately 60 per minute) with a unique serial number for that case.
That label often serves as the shipping label, such as the UCC-128 label used by
consumer goods companies shipping to retail.
Pallet Flow Rack: A storage type often use in full case picking modules that
presents full pallets of product from which cases are picked and placed on
take-away belt conveyors. Pallet flow rack can be single or double deep (or
sometimes more); fresh pallets are replenished from the back; empty pallets are
removed from the front.
Case Flow Rack: A storage type often used in split case pick modules that
presents a single open case to order pickers. When the case is emptied, it is
removed, and gravity forces the next case to the picking position. Replenishment
of case flow racking is from the back.
Accumulation Conveyor: A special type of conveyor designed to stop, hold and
eventually release products on a conveyor system. So-called “zero pressure”
accumulation conveyors do this without creating pressure between boxes being
accumulated. This type of conveyor, used before merge points and sometimes other
areas of a system, is very expensive on a per-foot basis.
Slug: A group of boxes that moves as a set on the conveyor system. The most
common application may be merging a slug from a pick module onto the main
conveyor. The control system will determine the size of the slug, which may be
all the boxes awaiting a merge, or just a portion of them, depending on conveyor
conditions at the time.
Wave: A grouping of customer orders for release for order picking. Typically,
pick waves are designed to last between 45 minutes and two hours. Any number of
criteria may be used to group orders, such as outbound carrier(s), customer(s),
priority, value-added services, and other criteria. A wave must be synchronized
with sortation system activity.
Utilization: The actual throughput achieved versus the theoretical maximum. If
the system is designed to sort at a rate of 100 cases per minute, and over a
given period of time the average number of cases sorted is 60 per minute, the
utilization of the system is 60%.
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