SortingPurpose: Take orders that are spread across a number of pick tasks and re-combine them into their original order configurationTwo common methods: Manual Sorting: Manually scan each item and place in appropriate container until order is completed Auto Sorting: A machine scans and delivers each item to its appropriate container until the order is complete. 1
SortingTypes of Auto Sorting: Tilt Tray: Product placed on trays tilts to deliver product to desired chute. Bomb-Bay Cross-Belt: Instead of a tray that tilts, the “tray” incorporates a belt that delivers product to chutes either on the left or the right. Garment www.gbisorting.com 3
Sorting Different Auto Sorter Layouts and DesignsBasic InlineBasic OvalEntertainment/Multi Media (v)Triple-Chute High DensityInternet Order Fulfillment 4
SortingThree Sort Methods: Wave or Batch Sorting: Inventory is picked in bulk to fill the orders for each specified time period or wave. Sort to completion before beginning next wave/batch Continuous: The sorter sorts on a continuous basis rather than in waves. Requires a continuous flow or product to the sorter. Requires more sophisticated software 9
SortingSort Methods: Multiple: Similar to wave/batch in that work is configured in waves or batches Able to sort multiple waves or batches at the same time Requires even more sophisticated software Uses a process called “dynamic chute allocation” 10
SortingOptions to use with automatic sorting: Print and Apply: The ability to print and apply unique labels to product while it is being sorted. Auto Induction (also called “metering and merging”) A belt feeds product onto the individual trays in a precise and accurate manner Leads to more consistent placement of product on trays for better accuracy and helps maximize throughput 11
Sorting Bomb BayDifferent ways to deliver product to the chutes: Tilt Tray Cross Belt Split Tray 12
Shipping Sorter Scanner and conveyor system which sorts cases to their assigned shipping divert. ShippingShipping looks deceptively simple. However, unless the shipping departmentaccurately completes shipping documentation, correctly palletizes the loads,and places every pallet and carton on the correct trailer at the right time,all of the work accomplished within the warehouse, up to this point, is fruitless.Unitizing: The process of taking multiple items and creating one load, either bycombining on a pallet, filling a carton, or filling a shipping container. Correctly executed, unitizing should eliminate split shipments 13
ShippingThe appropriate application of unitizing is often overlooked as a way to reducecosts by ensuring we optimize the shipping container by using the correct sizecarton/container, the container is labeled correctly, and the containers areproperly configured.“Containers” may include mobile secure cages, modular containers, plastic orwooden pallets, plastic totes, corrugate boxes, etc…Weight Checking is simply a process to verify that the actual weight of theorder is equal to the expected weight, +/- a small percentage for corrugateand dunnage. End 14
Individual Presentations When: Wednesday April 27thSubject:1. Illustrate how some of the topics we have discussed in class may be relevant to your current and/or previous work experience.2. What are your three biggest takeaways from this class?3. Based on what we covered in class, how has your view of distribution chain and warehousing changed?Length: 10-15 minutesYou can use whatever method you like to present to the class: Overheads, PowerPoint,or handouts, etc… 15
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