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Agilon is widely known as an excellent storage solution for maintenance and production supplies. The most accurate monitoring features on the market, combined with material handling automation, have brought cost savings and efficiency for our customers since 2013. Now, these strengths can be combined with unprecedentedly efficient picking, which will expand Agilon’s range of operation considerably, into wholesale and distribution logistics applications, for example.
In a well-optimized picking process, waiting time can be eliminated almost completely.
Parallel picking is a feature that uses several Agilon robots and access points simultaneously for efficient picking. The operator carries out picking from several adjacent access points, alternating between them. In a well-optimized picking process, waiting time can be eliminated almost completely.
parallel picking makes it possible to achieve a pace of up to 270 lines per hour within a shelf system.
Test results show that parallel picking makes it possible to achieve a pace of up to 270 lines per hour within a shelf system. This has been verified in a warehouse equipped with four parallel access points and two robots. The requirements also include advance information about the ERP system so that Agilon can carry out preliminary picking for materials in advance. Thanks to preliminary picking, the number of items does not limit picking efficiency. Even a large number of items can be stored on a single set of shelves without reducing picking efficiency. In addition, short-cycle items will automatically move close to access points.
Agilon's light-controlled batch picking meets the challenges of small goods logistics
The Agilon batch picking functionality makes it possible to combine several picking lists into one via Agilon’s user interface. In batch picking, picking lists containing the same items are picked even faster.
ABB Oy's Smart Power unit in Vaasa has recently implemented the Agilon batch picking feature.
Batch picking saves considerable time
"Batch picking saves considerable time because we have many of the same work orders from Agilon, which often contain the same components. Our warehouse workers have been very satisfied with this functionality and its clarity and ease", says Planning & Fulfillment Specialist Aleksi Laitinen from ABB.
The table below shows the maximum indicative efficiency that can be achieved using certain types of equipment configurations and processes.
The unit of measure is lines picked per hour
Picking objects from a box that returns to the device
Full boxes that do not return to the device
Refill as a new box
One access point, one robot
Two access points, two robots
Four access points, two robots
Warehouse workers become productive very quickly because Agilon does not allow picking from the wrong box.
As before, the contents of the shelves in Agilon do not need to be planned, and the material does not need to be balanced or managed in any other way after implementation. Warehouse workers become productive very quickly because Agilon does not allow picking from the wrong box. Only one item is served at a time. In addition, the integrated scales and the extremely user-friendly smart touchscreen help users maintain accurate balances.
Always up-to-date warehouse with 24/7 service
Agilon helps you with keeping your distribution warehouse in order, items available and information up-to-date every day. Agilon shows a picture of each package, which makes finding the right product quick and easy. The wanted product can be ordered to the Agilon user access point through a user-friendly dashboard that is always available for your personnel to use.
Easy access to real-time materials management information
Agilon system facilitates monitoring by showing you who took what, when, how much, for which job and from which batch. The system gives an alert to the nominated personnel when items are running low and should be reordered. Agilon can be integrated with all the major ERP systems to update stock transactions. Be it SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics or any other ERP.
Based on the consumption or balance alert, automatic replenishment orders can be placed also in your supplier´s ERP. Basic order-delivery process integration can be implemented for example with Ahlsell, Etra, Rexel, Würth, Rexel, Toolpoint and Onninen ERP systems.Reorder points can easily be updated remotely at any time.
The Agilon super users and managers can quickly and easily follow consumption levels, inventory information and order history as well as get reports and usage data with an easy-to-use customer portal. The portal can be accessed in real time.
ABB improves warehouse efficiency and delivery accuracy
Automated storage and retrieval system Agilon boosts pick-up accuracy, speeds up spare part deliveries and improves occupational safety at ABB Motors & Generators Service warehouse.