Light-Guided Picking for General Manufacturing
While some users associate pick-to-light technology with large automotive manufacturing applications, pick-to-light systems also improve quality and increase efficiency in general manufacturing facilities with high product mix. Keep reading to learn how a golf equipment manufacturer recently used PTL110 pick-to-light devices to simplify and accelerate their final product assembly and order fulfillment processes.
In a recent pick-to-light application, a golf equipment manufacturer was looking for a way to improve the process of picking equipment components to assemble final product and fulfill customer orders.
Fully manual picking was slow and prone to error. The many different components were challenging to quickly distinguish from one another visually, and workers struggled to keep up a fast pace without sacrificing quality.
As a recognized and respected brand, the manufacturer needed to meet its customer’s high expectations. Slow delivery times and incorrect orders were unacceptable and could damage the brand’s reputation and reduce repeat or referral business.
A solution was needed to help assemblers quickly and accurately pick golf equipment components to ensure customers received the correct order in a timely manner.
The golf equipment manufacturer worked with a local integrator to create a powerful pick-to-light system using Banner’s PTL110 pick-to-light devices mounted below each bin containing different components.
The picking system for this application used several functions of the PTL110 devices to enable faster, more accurate picks:
- Bright, colorful LED indicators guided workers to the right bin to pick the correct component,
- The on-board alphanumeric display indicated how many of each item to pick, and
- The optical sensing function confirmed correct picks in real time.
In addition, if an employee noticed that inventory was running low, they could push the touch button on the appropriate PTL110 device to call for more parts. This enabled workers to restock inventory quickly, reducing wait time and improving efficiency.
Together, this easy-to-understand picking system ensured that final product could be quickly assembled with the correct components and shipped out to the customer with confidence. The new solution resulted in fewer errors, faster shipping, and overall improved customer satisfaction.