Automated Warehouse System
A New Generation of Equipment
The MMSlog® Automated Warehouse System is a new generation horizontal carousel designed to deliver high-performance “product-to-operator” order preparation with full software integration. The movement of the equipment is controlled by direct servomotor and each carousel portal is equipped with an embedded touch PC panel and a double system of light guides (Pick-to-Light and Flash-Light strips) to facilitate operation in logistics processes. The system is integrated in real time with a multi-order table equipped so that one or several operators can simultaneously prepare one or several orders from one or more carousels.
The system includes the Warehouse Management Software (WMS) to manage the logistics operations of the carousel, which can be configure under different modes of operation (for one or more operators), as and with different order selection strategies: FIFO, FEFO, LIFO, peak elimination, peak minimisation or emergency tasks. The software performs batch and inventory management, as well as restricted security access to certain products. The application is multi-language and can operate with HL7 (Heath Level Seven International) to transfer and receive clinical and administrative data between hospital software applications.
1. Reception of orders
The WMS receives the orders to prepare from the central management system. In accordance with the ordering parameters determined the WMS launches the preparation of a batch of orders.
2. Order preparation
The carousels begin to move to the first location, and the order ID number that will be prepared in each position is displayed on the table displays.
3. Taking the orders from carousel
The operator goes to the first carousel that has stopped, looks at the display the corresponding position and the quantity to be extracted. Then takes the requested units from the indicated position.
4. Confirmation of removal from carousel
Read the barcode of the retrieved reference to confirm there is no mistake. If the reading is correct, the carousel begins moving to the next position while the operator with the retrieved product is in front of the multi-order table.
5. Placing the order in boxes
The operator looks at the table displays for the order or orders in which they must operate and the amount requested in each of them. They place the amount and press the confirmation button. At the end, the sum of the quantities requested must have been equal to the amount removed from the carousel, that is, they must have empty hands.
6. Resuming the picking sequence
The operator goes to the carousel that has stopped to start the picking sequence again. If the system is well designed, the picking time must be longer than the average positioning time of the carousels, so that a team is always waiting for the operator, thus maximising their productivity.
7. Finalisation of the order
At the end of all the picking operations of the order batch in progress, a confirmation is shown in the screen/display. The operator must push the last full packages and start the next batch.