One major source of problems for a wide range of industrial organizations, is ensuring the accuracy of kit picking and order picking.
Large distribution warehouses can afford to use technology such as picking robots, pick-to-light, pick-to-sound, and other advanced methods. These systems are costly and take a lot of setup and maintenance time.
At the other end of the spectrum are a large number of small and mid-sized manufacturers and industrial warehouses that do their kit picking or order picking with picking carts or using a pallet jack with a pallet on the tines onto which they stack the kit or order parts.
In these cases, the material handler doing the picking often starts with a paper pick list and ticks off the parts from the list as they pick them. This process is costly and inefficient from a labor time perspective and can result in many mistakes.
By combining inexpensive barcode scanning methods with the Japanese "Shinkansen" "point-see-do" methodology, BellHawk is able to prevent a range of kit picking and order picking errors at an affordable cost, including:
These mistakes would otherwise result in costly downstream problems including:
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This paper describes in detail how the BellHawk software can be used with inexpensive barcode and other technology to prevent picking mistakes.