OPTIMIZE YOUR ROI WITH SI'S DESIGN SERVICES

Introducing order picking automation can be an operational challenge to any organization. It is a costly and complex undertaking that requires a combination of an
in-depth grasp of order fulfillment processes, and the capability for long-term operational planning.

Today’s distribution facilities consist of networks of sophisticated material handling systems, which must meet and interact with each other to handle growing volumes
of products, customer orders and SKU quantities. Whether you are seeking automation for a new facility or as an addition to an existing one, all the primary functions
(which differ from one facility to another) of your warehouse need pre-designed product queues and smooth and continuous product and information flow. 

WHAT IS A PICK TECHNOLOGY SYSTEMS DESIGN?


The SI Systems engineering & design services (EDS) were designed to help clients avoid common automation design and installation pitfalls.  Over automation, under automation or lack of design planning for future growth are some of the drawbacks you may experience if you do not seek professional expertise when automating new facilities or expanding existing ones. 

The EDS services strategically plan and develop blueprints
designed to depict the most optimal flow processes amongst key warehouse functionalities and ancillary support amenities as well as information flow between integrated networks.

SI Systems expert engineers use industry best practices to construct optimized workspace layouts that are nimble, flexible, and easily scalable to handle even the most minute changes in your order profile.
After 60+ years of supplying warehouse automation services, we understand the need for a pick system that can serve you
as you grow and help you adapt to changes in the eCommerce industry.
BENEFITS OF SI'S DESIGN SERVICES AT A GLANCE

SCOPING & ANALYSIS

This rigorous process will help you to precisely define a realistic automation aim that is uniquely tied to your specific business needs. This analysis is key to avoiding investments in systems that far exceed or fall short of the scope of your automation goals.

TRAINING

We supply training and consultation for solving routine issues related to software and hardware to ensure continuous flow of work and systems integration.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

We will support you throughout the stages of project implementation from start to finish to help you meet your deadlines, avoid cost overruns, finding and eliminating future bottlenecks and avoid feature creeps. 

SOLID ARCHITECTURE

A system engineering study will provide you a solid architectural blueprint and related information that can be repurposed for your future projects. 

BUDGETING

Our EDS program will provide you with a realistic time and cost estimate by running a thorough cost analysis of materials and processes needed to complete your project.
THE ANALYSIS FLOW CHART
 
INITIAL SET OF MEETINGS SITE TOUR DATA ANALYSIS SI SYSTEM'S DESIGN PRESENTATION



 
Information gathered in this phase is quite preliminary and relates to administrative and SKU information.

Some of the questions you are likely to meet include:

1. Product sizes and dimensions.

2. SKU movement data within a representative period. 

3. SKU images. 

4. An overview of the system you envision.

5. Your bottlenecks and challenges.

6. Your project timeline, and 

7. Project decision makers.
The overarching aim of the site visit is to support clients to define automation goals that are tied to specific business needs. These goals establish the metrics by which the ROI (return on investment) is measured. 

Other goals include:

1. To understand the client’s existing operational processes.

2. To assess two things: The amount of workspace available for the needed automation, and the impact of growth on the existing layout. 

3. To collect detailed and comprehensive operational data. 

4. To assess product profile and other characteristics that determine the type of pick technologies needed for the project.
This phase includes a comprehensive analysis of: 

1. SKU volume.

2. SKU dimensions.

3. SKU movement. 

4. Throughput requirements.

The aim is to figure out rack and system placement. 
The output of this phase will include, though not limited to, the following:

1. Alternative concept layouts in 2D and 3D. 

2. Concept explanations.

3. List of needed equipment and workstations.  

4. Recommended staffing assignment.

5. Budgetary estimates and lead times.  

6. Engineering study document.

 
SI engineers will present the final outlay of the layout design. 

The following actions take place in this phase:

1. The client can suggest layout edits through a series of feedback loops. 

2. Once the revisions have been completed, the customer receives the study report and layout blueprints.

3. Client has the choice to sign up with SI to complete the project, or work with other integrators to complete the automation mission. 
KEY AREAS OF DESIGN

1.     Overall control system
Our SIIMSPC-based control system would be designed to control the conveyor PLC, the pack stations PC and to manage separate PCs for each workstation, which includes bar code scanners, label printers and pack slip printers. 

2.     A-Frame set-up
SI’s pick-to-tote A-Frame was configurated for a throughput of 2,000 units per hour for the 30+ SKU set of unique meals and add-on products. This PTT (Pick to Tote) version of the A-Frame reduces the number of product touchpoints, which is essential when handling perishable products. The totes are conveyed straight to the packing station to be boxed for shipping.

3.     Shipping Carton prep
To speed up the packing process, the box prep area was positioned as close to the freezer area as possible so that the first item that is put in the box would be gel packs. 

4.     Packing Stations  
The packing station line includes a 3-tiered conveyor. The top tier delivers prepped boxes with frozen gel packs in them. The center tier delivers full order totes from the A-Frames to the packing stations. The bottom tier then delivers the completed boxes orders to end of the packing station line where they can then be gathered and palleted for shipping.

5.     Conveyor Integration 
The A-Frame dispenser lines and Packing Station lines are served and joined by a TGW conveyor system. Primary part of this system includes CRUZ belt Conveyor and IntelliROL Motorized Roller Conveyor. 

6.     Staffing deployment
Under the proposed automated layout, new roles were assigned to all warehouse associates to handle each of the key areas of design.

 

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DELIVERABLES

At the end of the study, SI Systems will present the following information that can be reused in future expansion projects.
  • Concept layout drawing in 2D and 3D. 
  • Proposed workflow.
  • List of equipment and workstations.
  • Recommendation for staffing.
  • Budgetary estimates and lead times.
  • Engineering study document.
Our solutions are designed to meet your customized needs. We will provide you with the best technology and EDS reports and documents to help you with future facility design projects.