Cost: Pick-to-light cost can be an issue, a number of systems have initial cost along with the long-term cost of depreciation, downtime for deployment, and costs for add-ons. One way to defray the initial cost is to use a single device for multiple locations. Voodoo’s solution supports arrows in eight directions. Starting small, say with just twenty lights for the forty fastest moving products could dramatically improve your picking rate and accuracy.
Often, the reluctance to deploy new technology has less to do with the upfront cost and more to do with downtime and resistance to change. Downtime costs money, even if it is a “soft cost” instead of a budget line item. By using wireless, battery-powered pick to light devices, the downtime lost to hardwiring for electricity and data is not a factor. In fact, pick lights can be installed in a few hours (to a couple of days) with a minimal disruption to your current order fulfillment operation.
Wireless pick to light units can be placed on carts, forklifts or pallet jacks, as well as on assembly lines and conveyors, allowing staff to route an order with a high degree of precision. Voodoo Robotics has the only pick-to-light that allows five lines of custom text, barcodes, QR codes, and icons allowing pick lights to be used in new ways.
“But will it work with _____?” Everyone has a concern. Does it work with barcode scanners or my WMS/ERP? Is it stable? When you have a pick to light that can work of something as elementary as an Excel sheet, or even a Google Sheet, you can expect that integrations will be easy! REST API is the way to go.
Enhance your current picking carts by adding wireless pick lights. There’s no need to purchase expensive custom carts with heavy batteries. Now you can use pick-to-light or put-to-light with your existing carts, pallet lifts, electric mules and more!