Horizontal Carousels

Horizontal carousels consist of an oval track with rotating bins containing shelves that deliver items to the operator. Often used in integrated workstations of carousels called a “pod.” This allows an operator to pick from one active carousel while the others are pre-positioning to be picked the moment the operator is ready.

Every carousel uses one of the many integrated pick-to-light technologies to indicate the active carousel, shelf level and quantity of items to pick, making batch picking simple, fast and easy.

There are up to 5 different ways to integrate to the carousel to ensure efficient quick picking:

1) Foot Pedal to move the bins (slowest method)
2) Hand Held Locator System (type in bin number and press GO)
3) Computer Interface called Spinner Software (type in or scan part number and bins turn)
4) Computer Interface to WMS/ERP (download order and batch the items to pick)
5) Computer Interface (download order(s) from ERP and batch items to pick using Pick to Light and Put to Light sort bar technology)

Why Horizontal Carousels?

  • Increased throughput up to 600%
  • Reduced floor space requirements up to 60%
  • Flexible design provides instantly adjustable shelf levels
  • Reduced labor up to 2/3
  • Move and change workstation designs easily
  • Workstation design that is easily modified Increased level of accuracy up to 99.9% levels
  • The ability to increase or decrease a carousel’s length easily
  • Extended order cut-off times
  • Fast ROI (Return On Investment)

Horizontal Carousels

Horizontal carousels have many different ways to be integrated.  Depending on the sophistication, a back of the napkin budget would be $1000 per bin.  A bin is an vertical column of shelving.   So a 60 bin carousel you would budget $60K.  The pricing goes up depending on dimensions, software, and pick/put light adders.

Be careful!  horizontal carousels not integrated properly will be an expensive mess!

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Horizontal Carousels

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