New retail fulfillment system

by MM&D Online staff

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN—Dematic has introduced an order fulfillment solution for piece picking applications. The Dematic Put Wall System serves as an order consolidation and packing method that brings productivity, order accuracy, speed and efficiency to the order fulfillment process. Dematic says the  system is scalable and modular to accommodate changing operational requirements.

According to Steve Hoffman, solution architect for Dematic, “The Put Wall System combines order lines from multiple orders and creates high density, efficient picking throughout the warehouse. The Put Wall modules are used to consolidate and pack the items for each individual order.”

The Dematic Put Wall is a goods-to-person workstation, enabled by Dematic Order Fulfillment software, which contains a standard and configurable Put Wall solution set for store replenishment. Advanced algorithms within the software manage and direct complex piece picking functionality for batch picking optimization.

A typical Put Wall System has multiple workstations and often uses conveyors to deliver containers of preselected SKUs, usually in plastic totes, into the Put Wall module. The workstation is made up of a wall of shelving with individual compartments or ‘cubbies’ that hold one customer order each. Put Walls can support any number of separate order compartments with 30 to 75 being typical. The compartments can be configured in different sizes to support multiple order volumes.

Each Put Wall module can process single line or multi-line orders. Put Walls can be mounted on wheels so the order consolidation process can be moved around the distribution centre or moved into position as daily requirements change. The system scales up for peak periods, by activating standby Put Walls. The modular construction of the Put Wall and configurable software allows fast and easy future expansion.

The Put Wall will be on display at Modex in March, 2014.