Changing A-Frame Inventory Is Difficult and Time Consuming MYTH (FALSE)

A-frame InventoryChanging A-Frame inventory is difficult and time consuming is absolutely a myth, and  is the furthest from the truth. To change a SKU in a channel, the A-Frame operator simply empties a channel’s inventory (to make sure a wrong product isn’t dispensed into an active order). Then, they go into the unit’s SIMM software (about 3 clicks) and type or scan the new SKU number or barcode in the channel locator. Next, the operator goes back to the channel and adjusts for the new size.

Because the Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame always has a left and right channel guide for every channel, simply loosen the two screws, adjust the left-side guide and the product retainer to the new size requirement and then tighten the screws. Systems that provide only a right-side channel guide will usually require far more adjustments including moving adjacent channels. Now, load the new SKU into the channel, and the channel will become automatically active and ready for the next order to be filled.

Adjusting a channel will often take five to ten minutes depending on the difference in SKU sizes when you’re A-Frame has both left and right-side channel guides.

Likewise, the A-Frame is constantly running while you are making the change. Any order requiring the SKU before you re-stock it is flagged as “needing assistance” and is re-circulated back into the A-Frame to complete the order.

About SI Systems A-Frame systems. SI Systems has the largest breadth of A-Frame models in the industry to meet customer’s exact application requirements. Models include: Pick-to-Tote, Pick-to-Shipper, Pick-to-Belt, Dual Tiered, Document Dispensing and Portable A-Frame Systems (patented). Likewise, SI Systems A-Frames are data driven and Return on Investment (ROI) “business solutions” to your organizations business requirements.

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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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