Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame Robotic System Eliminates 2/3 Warehouse Labor Recruitment..Today

Likely you are being challenged weekly to keep warehouse workers employed, trained and productive based on the latest Wall Street Journal report. With the dramatically increasing demand for warehouse workers at a record high 948,500, organizations are looking at robotics and automation to save labor in their order picking processes.Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame robotic system

The issue is, robotic order picking technology isn’t quite there today, which is why A-Frame robotic technologies are filling the void.

A Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame robotic system helps organizations not only reduce their warehouse and distribution center staffing demand, but improve their throughput, accuracy, order capacity and inventory turns while utilizing zero order picking labor and filling up to 4,200 orders per hour.

Labor Shortage and Demands

“The challenge of replacing workers as they leave is difficult enough, but when we create new positions such as seasonal, it truly feels that we are looking at the unemployable” said Diane Fasco, VP of DFS Warehousing. She continued, “the moment a competitor or new distribution center opens up in the region, they pay $0.25 more an hour and it creates a major staffing challenge.”

The Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame robotic systems can fill thousands of orders per hour and requires no order picking labor. This often translates into allowing organizations to eliminate 75% to 90% of their labor issues.

The Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame Robotic System system stores inventory in a series of channels on each side of a conveyor. SKUs are automatically dispensed into the required tote, shipper or conveyor position as it moves by… effortlessly. The only human interaction is replenishment. Since replenishment requires only a fraction of the labor the net savings are tremendous.

A-Frame systems come in a number of models including “plug and play” portable units to systems which pick directly into shippers, totes or belt for maximum flexibility.

Sensors and software validate the proper item(s) are in position to be picked, have been dispensed and in the correct order. A-Frame order fulfillment is so fast that it’s throughput is measured in orders per hour, not lines. Since A-Frames can range from dozens to thousands of SKUs in one system, the order rate remains constant.

The labor savings, increased throughput and accuracy levels help create a Return on Investment (ROI) which is often under two years.

“It all depends on the application, but I just showed an organization how they could reduce 178 order pickers into 44 and with a higher throughput and accuracy levels than they have ever achieved with the Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame system,” said, Ed Romaine, VP Sales and Marketing of SI Systems. He continued, “robotic A-Frame systems have the proven reliability and return on investment that most organizations are looking for.”

As the Wall Street Journal chart illustrates, staffing and re-staffing your warehouse is proving to be beyond challenging and potentially threatening your organization’s future growth. Look towards robotic A-Frame solutions as a means of solving your labor issues.

About SI Systems

SI Systems has been providing world class automated material handling solutions, systems and software for order fulfillment, distribution center, warehouse, manufacturing and assembly operations for over 55 years. Solutions and systems include workstation A-Frames, portable A-Frames, document inserters, towline conveyor, AGV and AGC, WES, WMS and WCS software plus consulting, slotting and integration services.


Dispen-SI-matic A-Frame robotic system
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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