Logistics Business Magazine
Logistics Business Magazine

Print Article

Pick and fast-Pack

Automated and semi-automated bagging systems can substantially increase the efficiency of UK mail order fulfilment operations. That’s the claim made by Automated Packaging Systems mail order expert Martin Richards, and it’s based on worldwide performance data on the businesses OneStep™ and Autofulfillment™ SPrint™ systems.

“Recent innovations in Pick and Pack technology have been focussed on the pick side of the operation,” explains Martin Richards. “But with developments in our bagging systems there’s evidence that customer packing lines can operate up to 12 times faster than they were achieving with even their most experienced hand baggers, allowing them to switch labour to picking operations to increase overall productivity.”

The new SidePouch Autofulfillment SPrint - available to Automated Packaging Systems customers in the US since June 2011 – seamlessly fits into an automated packing line. Its input conveyor brings product to one of five pre-opened mail bags then packs, prints and affixes address details to the bag producing and inserting a packing slip or invoice before sealing and passing to dispatch on an output conveyor. A 3-point scanning verification system checks every step.

“Autofulfillment SPrint is a more flexible, reliable conveyor-fed alternative to the more traditional automated mail order fulfilment pack stations,” explains Martin Richards. “It’s been designed for high volume fulfilment applications and can be customised for a wide range of products from apparel and footwear to bed and bath, home decor and healthcare or hardware and spares – in fact, just about anything that will ship in a poly bag.

“Unlike the alternatives, Autofulfillment SPrint bags can be changed in minutes by the operator, reducing downtime and the need for engineering support. There’s a wide range of bag materials on offer including standard UV film bags with black outers and white inners. All can be branded with high quality print and easy-openers are available for business focussing on improving the customer experience and perception of value.

“Our OneStep systems, on the other hand, require less capital investment per unit, making them ideal for applications where goods are packed in several areas within a facility.”

The OneStep systems do exactly that: print postal and traceability data on the next bag out, then open it for packing and sealing in a single ‘step’. The OneStep AB systems are part of the ultra-reliable Autobag range of baggers and are available in vertical and horizontal configuration with load areas of up to 255mm load areas. For smaller products and lower volumes, there’s a plug-and-play desktop PS 125 OneStep which is still capable of packing up to 10 times faster than the most experienced hand bagger.

While the OneStep AB systems can be successfully integrated into a traditional automated packing line, they’re great advantage is that their performance when used in isolation. An AB 255 OneStep, for example, makes it possible for a single packer to increase output 10-fold without the need for substantial capital investment and system restructuring.

Martin Richards explains: “Because the OneStep systems print and index in a single operation, operators can achieve typical process rates of between 480 and 600 packs per hour. The in-built AutoTouch™ control screen makes it quick and easy to set jobs up, and there are a range of software options to link order, pick, pack, dispatch, mail and courier systems.

Martin Richards specialises in Automated Packaging Systems mail order fulfilment applications.

www.autobag.com



The Delivery Conference 4th February 2014, London
Now in its fifth year, The Delivery Conference has secured an integral spot in the eCommerce calendar as the one-stop-shop for all things Delivery.

LogiMAT,Stuttgart 25 - 27 February 2014
The Logi MAT , International Trade Fair for Distribution, Materials Handling and Information Flow, sets new standards as the biggest annual intralogistics exhibition in Europe.

The intralogistics fair for Central Europe
LogiMAT 2014 in Stuttgart - Closing Report

MIPIM Logistics Property, Cannes, 12 - 14, March 2014
MIPIM , the world’s property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors - office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial - offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide

MODEX 2014, Atlanta, 17 - 20, March 2014
Expo Includes Supply Chain & Transportation USA and the Georgia Logistics Summit Collocations and a Conference Featuring Keynotes on Global Business and Supply Chain

Materials Handling Eurasia, Istanbul, 20 - 23, March 2014
The intra-logistics industry is on the move - and the world.

SITL Europe, Paris, 01 - 04, April 2014
The international meeting place for Transport ,Logistics and Freight Forwarding

Intralogistics Europe, Paris, 01 - 04, April 2014
INTRALOGISTICS Europe- Handling equipment exhibition for industry and distribution - brings together all handling equipment and automated systems which process and rationalise the physical movements of supply, production and distribution.

TransRussia, Moscow, 22 - 25, April 2014
The TransRussia exhibition is a major marketplace for transport services, each year attracting leading professionals from Russia, the CIS and Baltics.

Multimodal CV Show, Birmingham, 29 - 01, May 2014
Established in 2008, Multimodal, the UK and Ireland's leading freight transport and logistics exhibition, will celebrate its seventh year in 2014.

Integrated Supply Chain Istanbul, 07 - 08, May 2014
Creating strong foundations for sustainable growth – The need for Supply Chain Excellence in Turkey

19–20 May 2014, Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire
Now in its 16th Year and firmly established within the Supply Chain/Logistics & Distribution industry, this highly focused event is specifically designed for Senior Supply Chain/ Logistics/ Warehouse/ Transport/ Operations professionals that want to stay ahead of the competition.

CeMAT, Hannover, 19 - 23, May 2014
The intra-logistics industry is on the move - and the world.

SIL Barcelona, 03 - 05, June 2014
S.I.L. is an International Logistics Exhibition and is the meeting point for all logistics activity in Southern Europe in Barcelona.

Transport Logistic,China,Shanghai, 17 - 19, June 2014
Be a part of the number one exhibitions for Logistics, Mobility, IT and Supply Chain Management.

TOC Europe, London, 24 - 26, June 2014
TOC Europe is the global port-centric container supply chain event and is the definitive meeting place for the world's shipping, port and terminals industries.

IAA Hannover, 08 - 10, September 2014
Interested in a visit to the 65th IAA Commercial Vehicles from 25 September to 2 October 2014 in Hannover.

Postexpo,Stockholm 23 - 25, September 2014
POST-EXPO provides the most significant opportunity the postal, parcel and express industries have to debate current issues and form business relationships on a global scale. 2014 will be the 18th international conference and exhibition for postal technology, equipment, services and innovation.

China International Logistics & Transport Fair, Shenzhen, October 14-16th
1200 exhibitors representing the breadth of China’s transport and distribution sector will be present for the 8th staging of this event, including a conference. Shenzhen is in Canton province.