A-Frame Automation Reliability Unsurpassed

A-Frame Automation ReliabilityWhen taking your order fulfillment performance to the next level it’s all about:

  1. Reducing labor
  2. Increasing order accuracy
  3. Increasing throughput
  4. Reducing delivery time

These improving metrics help turn a warehouse from operating overhead to a profit center.

A-Frame Automation Reliability – The spoiler… is Risk.

What and how much risk are you introducing to an operation and what are the true benefits? The common thought is the more automated a facility, the more downtime is possible.

In some automated technologies, this is can be true, (single point of failure) but for other technologies such as an A-Frame, the system keeps producing (short of a facility power outage).

An A-Frame dispenses inventory into a passing open order shipper, belt position or tote at up to 4,200 orders per hour (not lines, but orders) with zero picking labor. The throughput is great, but the key benefit is the uptime and reliability the system provides.

A-Frame Automation Reliability – Let me go into more detail…

If an A-Frame were to experience a hardware problem, it would likely be a component in a channel’s dispenser. Because a system can have up to 2500 dispensers (one for each channel), if any dispenser were to fail, it simply means one SKU position didn’t dispense but all other dispensers in the A-Frame are still performing.

Every dispenser has three sensors to detect a problem. If a sensor detects a problem, it is instantly communicated to the A-Frame controls. The controls then instantly flag that specific order.

If an order is flagged, the A-Frame controls either:

  1. Directs another channel with the same SKU to fill the order before it leaves the A-Frame
  2. Diverts the order for manual inspection when it exits the A-Frame and reports it to the WMS
  3. Re-circulates the order via conveyor back into the beginning of the A-Frame to be filled

Any dispenser issue is immediately reported to the controls. The A-Frame’s controls instantly logs and reports the failure to the supervisory station. An operator is then immediately dispatched to check on product blockage or damage that may have created the failure and to correct the problem. If it’s not a product issue and truly a dispenser hardware issue, within 15 minutes, a new dispenser can be mounted and fully operational.

Another channel with the same SKU is used while the dispenser is being changed. The A-Frame never stops running: orders keep getting filled and zero productivity is lost!

This is a major differentiator between A-Frame automation and other technologies. The eliminated labor, unsurpassed levels of throughput, accuracy, uptime and reliability, make the A-Frame a logical warehouse automation tool.

Interested in seeing how an A-Frame operates? Watch this video: click here

Want a free ROI analysis to see how your organization can benefit from an A-Frame system? Email me at: romaine@sihs.com or call 484-894-5211.

 

 

 

 

A-Frame Automation Reliability
Ed Romaine
Ed Romaine
Romaine has spent over 30 years involved with organizations looking to optimize their distribution, manufacturing, and warehousing operations. Focusing on customer’s processes, systems and business model, Romaine has helped dozens of organizations improve profitability by reducing labor, floor space, errors and inventory while improving accuracy, inventory turns and cut-off times.Within the industry trade association, MHI, Romaine has taken numerous leadership positions over his 18 year membership including: Chairman of the Automated Storage & Retrieval (AS/RS) Group, Chairman of the Order Fulfillment Council of America, Chairman of the Warehouse Execution Systems Group and was one of the originators of the Carousel and VLM Product Section Group.Romaine is a frequent editorial and information contributor to hundreds of publications, blogs and online publications and has been a speaker at dozens of Supply Chain, Logistics, Lean and Facility organizations and functions.

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