AutoStore™ recently expanded its offerings with two new operator ports, the FusionPort™, and the FusionPort Staging™. The new offerings are built with three key points in mind: safety, ergonomics, and operator well-being.
Additionally, the new ports also increase the overall versatility with considerations for robotic piece picking, more complex workflows, higher throughputs, and productivity features to boost accuracy and efficiency. As a key AutoStore partner, we’ve been testing the FusionPort™ with one of our customers for the past year, and the feedback has been excellent.
The port was installed into an existing system and is being utilized for batch picking multiple order lines during each bin presentation. While using the FusionPort™ in conjunction with eManager Software, our customer has achieved a 50%+ improvement in operator efficiency, with peak throughputs close to 400 bins/hr.
Safety, Ergonomics, and Operator Well-Being
With the new port offerings, AutoStore is pushing to help logistic operations attract and retain associates to reduce turnover and increase productivity. The FusionPort™ has introduced several key associate benefits to AutoStore’s port lineup with retention and associate satisfaction in mind.
A 15° forward tilt of the port/workstation to decrease the physical strain on associates. The tilted work area reduces the amount of reach required for associates to pick from the back of a bin and gives greater visibility of all locations in that bin.
The Safety hatch to cover the workstation while bins are being exchanged. This is a sliding plexiglass-style door that will open once an item is ready to be picked and closed once that transaction is complete. Other ports have safety features included as well, but the hatch provides a more comprehensive safety measure to help reduce workplace accidents and ensure the safety of the associate.
Integrated pick-to-light system is designed to help guide the operator to the correct pick. Pick-to-light is designed to simplify the operator workflow, decrease stress while operating the port, reduce errors, and simplify new associate training. Continuing down the ergonomics path, the FusionPorts™ pick-to-light minimizes the associates’ repetitive need to look at or interact with the port terminal, furthering the ergonomic benefits of this port. With the integrated PTL system, a light will illuminate the correct bin location for the operator to pick from.
Productivity and Versatility
From a productivity and systems integration standpoint, the FusionPort™ is designed to be the most versatile port to date. The two bin openings allow for more automated picking systems with auxiliary workflows; so a robotic picking arm can alternate which bin it is picking from.
You can also prepare one bin while the second bin is being picked from, or utilize both port openings and increase your productivity by using your very own combination! This bin flexibility, added to the 15° tilt, creates the most ergonomic and optimized workstation available from AutoStore.
Consolidation, Staging, and Battling Space Constraints
Order consolidation at AutoStore ports is nothing new. What is unique about the FusionPort Staging™ is that it combines order consolidation and staging in a single port. FusionPort Staging™ allows businesses to streamline operations and reduce real estate costs by decreasing the space required for staging.
Companies can now pick from a main source bin and place the items into a target bin directly to the left or right of the main picking bin. This target bin is then taken back into AutoStore to be stored and staged until it is time to ship out. It is now possible to store consolidated orders within AutoStore in a dust free, secure, and if needed, in a temperature-controlled area for applications like e-grocery or micro fulfillment centers.
FusionPort™ – Technical Specifications
Two 15° Tilt Angles
Integrated Visual Picking Aids
User Screen Interface
Up to 550 Bins/Hr throughput
Zero-to-Low waiting time per bin
FusionPort Staging™ – Technical Specifications
Two integrated target bin openings
Two 15° Tilt Angles
Integrated visual picking aids
User Screen Interface
Up to 550 Bins/Hr throughput per port
Zero-to-low waiting time per bin
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