- Warehouse Mgt. (WMS)
- Warehouse Control (WCS)
- Order Management (OMS)
- Packaging Integration (PI)
Warehouse system integration has been GRSI’s core competency for over twenty years. GRSI is completely equipment agnostic, giving it the ability to recommend and use the BEST equipment from any manufacturer to suite its clients' needs. Support for a wide range of equipment and consideration for options ranging from high-tech to low-tech has allowed GRSI to offer each client a solution that is ideally suited to its needs. Skills such as software development, electrical controls engineering, system engineering, and device integration engineering, enable GRSI to provide complex warehouse fulfillment solutions. GRSI’s structured yet flexible approach to projects, combined with its powerful software tools, lead to successful implementations.
FastTrak provides comprehensive controls for all types of conveying, sorting, and routing equipment. FastTrak communicates information received from sensors and scanners with the client’s host and shipping software. Subsequently, it communicates information to the appropriate PLC controller to rapidly convey, sort, and route packages with total accuracy. Packages can be diverted to its appropriate shipping carrier bin, sent to an exception lane, or sorted for additional processing. Sorter technologies include shoe, bomb bay, garment on hanger (GOH), tilt tray, cross belt, pop up wheel, or motor driven roller (MDR). Solutions utilize touch screen operated human machine interfaces (HMIs) that provide access to controls, display alert notifications, monitor system operations, and display maintenance oriented reports. FastTrak ensures that conveyors operate smoothly and allows convenient control via HMIs placed throughout operations.
GRSI can use printer applicators, handheld, and desktop printers to create labels. Printer applicators automatically print and apply labels to achieve rapid throughput rates. Handheld and desktop printers (thermal, laser, or inkjet) are less expensive but require manual application, making them ideal for lower volume applications. Labels can be top or side applied to a range of packages including cartons, bags, envelopes, shrink film, and cold seal. FastTrak software can communicate to the host and shipping systems to gather necessary label information, generate its own label information, or trigger an automatic label creator/controller. FastTrak stores label information and scans it for verification and accuracy. FastTrak can simultaneously communicate data between several label printers to streamline operations.
Types of labels:
Patented flip label technology makes it possible to print a shipping label with the pack list on the reverse side. The underlying software ensures the shipping label and pack list match 100% of the time. The label can be automatically applied using a printer applicator at a rate of 1,200 per hour or it can be manually applied using a specialized printer. Label sizes range from: 4”, 5”, or 6” x 8”. Solutions dramatically increase throughput, lower materials costs, and lower labor costs. This is an environmentally sound, sustainable solution because it requires less paper and plastic than traditional pack list insertion.
Key benefits include:
FastTrak utilizes and communicates information with scanners, cameras, and RFID. The software is integrated to this equipment and uses their gathered information to track the location of items and make specific decisions about different processes such as sorting, print and apply labeling, pack list printing and inserting, picking and putting, and many others. FastTrak also seamlessly communicates this information to and from the WMS or ERP host system. The placement, stability, and information gathered from this equipment are critical for maximum system uptime.
FastTrak communicates information to and from the host and shipping system to gather necessary document information. It communicates this information to high-speed laser/inkjet printers and printer applicators to create pack lists, invoices, forms, and other documents. The printers automatically place the documents into containers (totes, cartons, etc...) or onto their outside. All inserted documents are scanned and verified to ensure 100% accuracy. FastTrak can also create pack list/shipping label combination sheets which are manually inserted and applied to the order.
FastTrak also provides form printing:
FastTrak triggers automated feeders to dynamically insert customer specific preprinted materials such as marketing literature, coupons, and manuals into containers (totes, cartons, etc.) or onto conveyors. This is an essential tool for integrating marketing campaigns into fulfillment operations. The feeders can handle various paper sizes with different coatings for optimal insertion. Optional capabilities include document folding, multi-sheet insertion, and multiple inserters.
Managed void fill machines recommend the optimal quantity of void fill pillows and bubble sheets for each carton. The result reduces void fill costs and damage claims because it eliminates overfilling and underfilling. It provides the end-user with a clean appearance and securely protects orders. This technology is ideal for random piece pick orders.
A shrink tunnel automatically applies a durable layer of shrink wrap to various size orders to secure multiple items and provide protection. Orders are conveyed through a heated shrink tunnel that tightens the shrink film around the order. Options include various shrink tunnel lengths and widths with different shrink wrap thicknesses and colors. Additionally flight bar, side belt, timing, screw, multi-packing infeeds are optional.
A palletizer uses a mechanical arm to pick cartons from a conveyor and automatically stack and organize them on a pallet. Completed pallets are conveyed to storage or shipping. Palletizers work with all carton sizes and can be hand operated, semi-automated, or highly sophisticated with fully automated robotics. Additional options include automated pallet stretch wrappers and bundlers.
Suitable for high volume applications, operators place incoming orders into blown-open bags that can operate at an extremely fast rate of over 55 bags per minute. The order is scanned prior to induction and is associated with an LPN that is printed on each bag. After each order is filled, the bag is sealed and dropped onto an outbound conveyor. Bag sizes can be changed very quickly to maintain flow rates. Optional equipment includes flattened sealing for a cleaner appearance, shipping label printing, custom identification printing and labeling, various size in-feed tunnels, and optical switches on machinery.
These machines can significantly increase order throughput by automatically erecting various size cartons (over 700 cartons per hour). FastTrak tracks cartons travelling through fulfillment using an LPN bar code. Carton erectors are often accompanied by adjustable carton tapers/gluers to seal different size cartons for a completely automated system. There are many different carton sizes, types, and other attributes to consider when deciding which carton suits each need. Contact a GRSI representative today to help guide this process.