Inducting packages requires the placement of a scanner along a side of the conveyor where the LPN will be located - typically to read the LPN on one side of the package. Consistent placement and alignment go a long way toward successful automation, saving you cost on unnecessary scanning equipment. Consistent LPN placement will reduce the number of scanners or cameras necessary to read a label.
The ability to incorporate equipment from a variety of different manufacturers, and drive it in a concert that is timed perfectly to meet your daily business requirements, while connecting to your software order database, hardware inputs and outputs is a task that is uniquely suited to a Warehouse Control Software (WCS).
The SLAM (Scan Label Apply Manifest) term is a shorthand acronym to describe shipping automation in large fulfillment centers. As the term describes, the SLAM line identifies packages, interrogates their weights and dimensions, manifests them with the preferred carrier, and prints-applies and verifies the readability and accuracy of the labels. As an integrator and designer of SLAM systems, StreamTech is excited to be able to contribute to the group, as well as learn from others and help establish best practices.
There are a lot of reasons for fulfillment automation, and it ultimately comes down to increasing operational efficiency. It’s not always just about speed. As you are considering the ROI (Return On Investment) for your next warehouse improvement project, here are a few of the reasons to consider fulfillment automation.
Dimensional (DIM) weight, also known as volumetric weight is a pricing technique for commercial freight transport. This method uses an estimated weight that is calculated from the length, width, and height of a package. The air freight industry initially created DIM weight measurement.
The Sprinter™ is capable of scanning, weighing, dimensioning, print and applying and verifying. It can also integrate with a multitude of additional features. Ten feet doesn't seem like a significant impact, but by combining the individual process that are manually done you are not only saving space but time with an all-in-one system.
Distribution has gone through an evolution in the past two decades. This is mainly due to e-commerce order fulfillment. These changes have affected the entire supply chain. According to Statista, in 2017 online retail accounted for 9% of all retail sales in the United States.
Piggyback labels are multi-layer labels that provide flexibility in a wide variety of applications. The Piggyback label is printing on only the top layer of the label allowing it to be transferrable. Some of the most common instances that a Piggyback label could be utilized...
Internet of Things (IOT) technology is transforming ways in which automation systems are installed, maintained — and the way customers can tap-in to maximize their value. Whether you are evaluating more automation for your fulfillment operation or DC, or have already made a recent investment – be sure to understand and leverage the value to help reduce costs, increase throughput, and better understand your business.