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4 reasons why an
independent pick-to -light consultant may be right for you.
1. A pick to light system can be VERY expensive
For its size, a pick to light system can be one of the most expensive warehouse
productivity purchases you will ever make. Prices of $300 per pick slot and up are common.
Systems can easily cost over one million dollars!
2 Who else but an independent consultant can give advice you can trust?
Every manufacturer of pick to light (P2L) systems will tell you theirs is the best, what
else would they say? Many material handling "consultants" are really integrators
who get a kick-back or a commitment of future jobs in return recommending a P2L
3. Is pick to light REALLY right for your application?
IF Pick-to-light is the right solution for YOUR picking area, then how
many slots should be full pick to light, how many partial P2L and how many some other technology
such as pick to light carousels or RF picking for the slower moving items.
4. To prepare an RFQ and Approved Vendor List
Just which brand of equipment and software would be best for
your unique requirement? What should be contained in a request for quote (RFQ) and which
companies are qualified to bid on your proposed system. Unless you have a really qualified
P2L expert on your in-house staff (very unlikely) then retaining an independent expert is
certain to save you a great deal of time and money in making the right P2L decision.
What is the next step?
Why not give Art Avery a call and discuss your potential project now. There is no cost or
obligation for the call and it may save you hundreds of thousands of dollars. Even better,
Art may be able to recommend a more appropriate and less expensive technology, if that is
what your situation requires.
Art's short history of pick to light
My 1st system at Revlon Cosmetics.
Starting at the dawn of personal computers, I designed my
first pick to light system for Revlon using a then state-of-the-art Cromemco micro
computer and parts purchased from electronic catalogs. It was designed to cost a fraction
of the cost of a Kingway CAPS system and, perhaps surprisingly, it actually worked.
The Interroll Picktron System
Since the first system actually worked, I then was retained
as a consultant with Interroll Engineering in Germany to design and built a much more
advanced system based on the new IBM PC. The first test application was at a giant German
drug distributor and the product was then introduced at the annual Messe fair in Hanover
and had a successful run for several years in applications throughout Europe.
The Rapistan RapidPick2 system
In the mid 90's I was the chief pick to light application
engineer for the largest conveyor company in the US. I designed and engineered systems for
companies in the US and Europe including Xerox, 7 Eleven, Mary Kay, Eagle Clothes, Allied
Electronics, Motorola, and Amway.
If you don't find what
Some Recent Testimonials
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directly to a writer.)
you are very welcome for the references. You may not know
this but we RAVE about the suggestions you made to us for
our "Distribution Center", and how right your
suggestions were…" Dan G.,
Pres., Pipersville, PA.
forward to having you involved for our DC implementation plan
and in future endeavors as well. Your input was extremely
valuable to us".
Brent T., President Jacksonville, FL
is incredibly difficult - I would never have been able
to do this without all your great help"! Dave W.,
Owner, Chicago, IL.
I wanted to say that all your suggestions work great! Thanks so much.
Secondly, in the later part of May, we will be moving out of our current
facility into a new one. I was wondering if I gave you the layout could
you draw up a design. You told me if there were ever changes, just ask for
a new layout, so here I am. Thanks a lot!" Bob V., Owner, New Kensington, PA
know it has been a while, but we finally signed on a new
building, and are looking at a mid July move. We have three
dock highs, and two roll ups. Please do your magic and lay out
the floor space. Thanks." Rami R.,
Owner, Chatsworth, CA
renovation is going great. The large shelving is all moved and
the small shelving is about 75% in its new location. A company
is coming in Tuesday to build the new shelving...then we can
start to relocate all the product. Thanks for all the help."
Jeff L., Operations Manager, Victoria, BC, Canada.
received the final report, thanks for the summary of findings
and the recommendations. What was most valuable for us was
the process of getting to the goal and the discussions around
it… Thanks again for your help…Joachim
S., Systems Manager, New York, NY
proud to say that our first day of production in our new
location was March 6. Thank you for your work on our
behalf. Looks like we got off to a fine start in the warehouse
and picking areas. It's always a pleasure hearing from you."
Charlie T., Project Manager, Amityville, NY