Modern Picking Practices with SAP EWM

In today's fast-paced world, warehouse management is evolving rapidly. One of the key areas experiencing significant change is the picking process. Modern technologies are transforming how goods are picked and packed in warehouses, making these processes faster, more accurate, and more efficient. This blog post will introduce some of the latest technologies used in picking, explain how they benefit warehouse management, and show how they can be integrated with SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM). By understanding these modern picking practices, businesses can improve their operations and stay competitive in the market.

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs)

automated guided vehicles

Automated Guided Vehicles, or AGVs, are robots that move goods around the warehouse without human intervention. They follow a predetermined path using sensors and cameras to navigate. AGVs can transport items from one area to another, reducing the need for manual labor. This technology increases efficiency and reduces the risk of accidents. AGVs can work continuously without breaks, speeding up the picking process. By automating repetitive tasks, AGVs allow human workers to focus on more complex jobs.

Voice Picking Systems

Voice Picking Systems

Voice picking systems use voice commands to direct workers through their picking tasks. Workers wear a headset with a microphone, and the system tells them where to go and what to pick. This technology allows workers to keep their hands free, making the picking process faster and safer. It also reduces errors because the system can confirm picks verbally. Voice picking is easy to learn and can be used in various types of warehouses. It improves efficiency and helps maintain high accuracy in order fulfillment.

Robotic Picking Systems

Robotic Picking Systems

Robotic picking systems involve the use of robotic arms to pick items from shelves. These robots are equipped with cameras and sensors to identify and handle products. They can work quickly and accurately, picking a wide range of items without human assistance. Robotic systems are especially useful in environments where items are heavy or difficult to handle. They reduce the risk of injury to workers and can operate continuously, increasing productivity. By automating the picking process, robots can help warehouses meet high demand more effectively.

Wearable Technology

wearable technology

Wearable technology includes devices like smart glasses and wearable scanners that workers can use during the picking process. Smart glasses can display information about the next item to pick, while wearable scanners can scan barcodes hands-free. This technology allows workers to move more freely and work more efficiently. Wearable devices can also provide real-time updates to the warehouse management system, improving inventory accuracy. By enhancing the mobility and efficiency of workers, wearable technology makes the picking process more streamlined. It helps in reducing errors and increasing overall productivity in the warehouse.

SAP Extended Warehouse Management (EWM) is highly useful for integrating and managing modern picking technologies like AGVs, voice picking systems, robotic picking systems, and wearable technology. SAP EWM provides a robust platform that allows these technologies to work seamlessly together. It supports real-time data synchronization, ensuring that all movements and picks are accurately recorded and tracked. This integration improves efficiency and accuracy in the warehouse, as SAP EWM can optimize routes for AGVs, coordinate voice picking commands, and manage the tasks performed by robotic systems. Wearable technology can also be linked to SAP EWM to provide instant updates and ensure that inventory levels are always current. By leveraging SAP EWM, warehouses can fully utilize these advanced technologies, resulting in faster, safer, and more efficient operations.

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