Exercises for reading and writing, historical themes presented clearly, learning modules for environmental studies or geography: Noordhoff Uitgevers is the largest education and schoolbook publisher in the Netherlands. Over 400 employees use a great deal of fun, creativity and professionalism to create educational material for Dutch primary and secondary schools. Noordhoff Uitgevers is also involved in vocational training, further education and higher education with books, journals, supplementary digital learning materials and other services. Millions of items pass through the distribution centre in Groningen each year. Since April 2010, nine specially customised order picking carts from Wanzl have been supporting efficient logistics management at Noordhoff Uitgevers. Within three months of the contract being signed at the end of 2009, Wanzl developed a cart solution tailored to the requirements and wishes of Noordhoff Uitgevers.
A wireless RF module was installed for the connection of the pick carts' INTHER LC software to the Noordhoff Uitgevers Warehouse Management System. This module works according to the latest wireless network technology. The order picking itself saves time, money and legwork: incoming orders are grouped together according to identical item positions using IT. The picker then receives their order batch and the associated pick cart. The first order picking position is displayed on the central display of the pick cart: the employee goes to this position with the pick cart and confirms the position or the item barcode with an RF scanner. Then the Pick to Light modules on the pick cart light up for the orders that require these items. At the same time, the respective display shows the required order picking quantity. The employee picks the item quantity as shown on the display and presses the switch on the Pick to Light module to confirm. A great advantage of the Pick to Light Cart System is the possibility to complete numerous orders at once (multi order picking). "The integrated INTHER LC software calculates the ideal batch for a Pick to Light cart on the basis of the ABC sorting of items and on order priority. This procedure reduces the walking distance in the warehouse enormously", says INTHER Project Manager Willem Verhalle.
One-Stop-Shop For more than ten years, INTHER Logistics Engineering has specialised in software for the integration of automatic warehousing and order picking systems. Their own developments include a voice recognition system and order picking with Pick to Light and Sort by Light systems, for example. Additionally, INTHER also uses RF scanning and RFID integration. The automation system INTHER LC is used in warehouses, logistics centres and production facilities worldwide. As an executive system integrator, INTHER is therefore the one stop shop for its customers and on hand for all matters relating to logistical automation. Today, with subsidiaries in the Netherlands, Germany, Moldova and the USA, INTHER operates in many different types of business as a general contractor: logistics, retail/food, fashion, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, books and magazines, spare parts and multimedia.
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