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FlashPick offers goods-to-person split case picking

02 February 2017

TGW Logistics has announced the launch of FlashPick - a piece-picking system that is said to have the flexibility, speed and modularity required by retailers and manufacturers looking to respond to a fast-moving omnichannel market.

As the demands of customers and the competition for business continue to intensify, so does the need for high levels of supply chain accuracy, rapid order fulfillment and fast response times.  

TGW is already implementing automated split case picking in a number of installations using FlashPick. The standardised but modular system's success is based on the discrete handling of single orders and the fast processing of incoming orders. 

It provides the user with flexibility and speed, facilitates shorter lead times, easily handles different distribution channels, order structures and fast article and assortment changes, and optimises associated labour costs. 

“FlashPick is characterised by low operating costs and has a fast payback period - as low as two years or less, depending on local labour costs. It is based on the interaction of well-proven TGW modules to generate an even higher rate of performance,” says Christoph Wolkerstorfer, MD of TGW Logistics Group.

The system's profitability is consequently measured not only in terms of investment return, but also in terms of the total cost of ownership of each customer's entire materials handling solution.

The high-performance TGW PickCenter workstation is the core element of the FlashPick system, enabling high and sustainable performance thanks to optimum ergonomics and an appealing design. 

The flexible, intelligent KingDrive conveyors provide the high-speed transport of the goods at optimal operational cost, with low maintenance and highly energy-efficient components across the installation. 

The goods are stored in TGW Stingray Shuttle aisles up to 25 metres high, providing huge storage density. 

All this is coordinated by the user-friendly and reliable TGW Software Suite, which controls and optimises all material flow processes. FlashPick is a smart system innovation that allows the performance to increase in a nearly unlimited way – including at any time during live operation.

"No matter how business and consumer behaviour changes, FlashPick will quickly and flexibly adapt to any requirement and is an ideal solution for omni-channel distribution," says Christoph Wolkerstorfer. "It sets new standards in the speed and flexibility of logistics systems. Small or large orders, express orders, fast article or assortment changes, flexibility in the layout and even extension options during live operation can all be easily accommodated. Whatever the future brings, FlashPick enables TGW customers to be fast and stay flexible.

"The benefits have been compelling for customers in a range of industries and sectors where we have offered and implemented this system.”

Smart glasses boost service and maintenance

TGW Logistics has introduced Smart Glasses for its Lifetime Services engineers, who use the augmented reality tool when on site to communicate in real time with the hotline maintenance team.

The office-based team sees what the remote engineer is seeing and, when required, is able to advise on maintenance or troubleshooting work.

With the glasses also linked to TGW's Computerised Maintenance Management System, the on-site engineer only needs to look at a QR code attached to a system component to have the relevant maintenance information displayed on the glass screen.

James Kidson, technical support engineer at TGW says: “We no longer have to read out error reports or describe what the problem is, what it looks like, or what we have in our hands. As a result, we significantly reduce the resolution time for the customer."

The smart glass works as an archive too allowing TGW to record or reconstruct certain procedures using a library or reference function, in case the same problem shows up at a different site.