The pick-by-light logistical system is often used in busy and fast-moving warehouse environments where efficiently picking orders from a complex system is key. Warehouse workers can accurately and quickly fulfil orders using this method, which has grown in use over the years as technological advancements have made their way into the warehouse environment.
How this System Works
Using the pick-by-light system, employees are able to fulfil orders at a much quicker rate. The way it works is by having lights above locations where items are being picked indicating not only that an order needs to be fulfilled but how many items are to be picked.
The employee would scan the product barcode, pick the items and then confirm that the order has been completed. Following on from order completion, the light would go out to confirm to the operator that the job is complete. They can then move on to other orders as indicated by any new light coming on.
With this system, operators can simultaneously pick orders by following the light indicators. Based on experience, the right picks to make can be ascertained by the operator. This system has shown to be more effective than a voice guided method, which often results in slower picking.
Why Companies Should Implement This System
One advantage of using this system is that it’s simple for those of different nationalities to learn to use, which is important as warehouses often have a mix of workers from all over the world. It also makes things easier during busier seasons when more staff need to be taken on and trained quickly.
The Use of a light system can provide various useful statistics on employee performances in real-time, helping to improve pick-rates. This can include trends in productivity and any issues that need to be addresses that are affecting the system.
Implementing the light-directed picking solution into an existing warehouse environment is straightforward, despite the significant changes to the way a system will run. Once in place, the noticeable difference in productivity will ensure this change will be worth the effort.