Horizontal carousels eliminate unproductive travel and search times using software controlled picking sequences to deliver stored goods efficiently to the operator, thereby speeding up picking times and increasing throughput. To further increase picking times, two or more horizontal carousels are often used in an integrated workstation with software and pick to light technology to perform batch picking. This batch picking configuration allows an operator to pick from one active carousel while the others are pre-positioning the next pick for the moment the operator is ready. The operator picks the total SKU quantity for all orders in the batch, and distributes the SKU quantity among all of the orders; only visiting that SKU location one time during picking. Batch picking multiple orders at one time can increase productivity up to 66%.
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