Pick Efficiency Up 50%
SEC undertook a detailed simulation of the available space and demonstrated how best to operate within the facility and were able to create a new picking methodology that will see pick density, travel distances and idle times, reduce to create an increased picking efficiency of at least 50%. Further phases planned for the future which are focused on small unit-volume products should see this increase further still, and could increase by as much as 320% compared to the previous solution.
Designs were also provided for specialist loads with oversized racking taking larger products, and these were optimised through the analysis. Additionally, SEC ran the SKU data through their aperture optimisation software, which concluded that the client was able to compress all oversized products into one aisle, thereby resulting in only one wide aisle with an extra deep rack being required in the entire warehouse.
Bulk Storage System
Additionally, SEC Storage has created a bespoke bulk storage system on a FIFO (first in first out) basis for their eco-flow material, of which the customer sells substantial quantities. The product is 2m high and 750mm wide, so a hopper system of 15m x 15m was installed to allow the product to be fed in from top and picked the from bottom when required.