Bastian Solutions Achieving Higher Throughput Gains at Packing Stations
Bastian Solutions, a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-commerce fulfillment automation, was featured in Modern Materials Handling revealing how packing stations are unclogging bottlenecks and improving order fulfillment productivity. Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large, reported, “Distribution centers that once thought a couple of 8- to 10-foot-long folding tables were up to the job of packaging picked orders for shipping have now re-evaluated the importance of these areas.”
Mike Clemens, senior consultant at Bastian Solutions, noted, for even higher throughput gains, packing stations can be equipped with varying levels of automation to enhance operator productivity when integrated with a warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control system (WCS). The WMS and WCS can pre-cube orders that fit in a certain size or type of carton, or can batch orders with identical line items together. This advanced user interface can display carton size, placement instructions and embedded labor reporting. It can also provide real-time feedback, such as engineered standards and an item pick image display.
“When the picker delivers the items to a packing station, they can be quickly sorted. That sorting might be supported with a wide flat-screen monitor with pictures of each item and work instructions about which item goes in which box,” Clemens commented. “Alternately, a light beam might be employed to illuminate the source bin of the picked item or the destination carton.”
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About Bastian Solutions
Bastian Solutions (http://ow.ly/LaOTe), a global material handling systems integrator and expert in e-commerce fulfillment automation is an innovator in the fields of material handling automation, goods-to-person systems, wearable AR technology, supply chain software, and robotics. Bastian Solutions recently announced the acquisition of Forte Engineering. The merge creates a turnkey software suite for beverage distributors and strengthens the companies’ overall product offerings and customer support.
Bastian Solutions is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, with an additional 16 domestic offices and 7 international offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, Mexico, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. Uniquely positioned, Bastian Solutions offers customers complete and innovative turnkey material handling systems, from design and simulation, all the way through installation and operations. Modern Materials Handling named Bastian Solutions 2015 Top 20 Systems Suppliers Worldwide.
Bastian Solutions provides integrated material handling systems reducing the total cost of order fulfillment and delivery cycle times for its customers; tremendous productivity gains and a quick return on investment are ensured. Automating supply chain logistics with harmony between material flow, information flow, and operational processes, yields a unique and important competitive advantage. Follow Bastian Solutions on Twitter @BastianSolution.