Research shows that pick-to-paper is still the most popular system for picking and kitting parts. However, enterprise manufacturers are finding that much greater speed in turnaround — and much greater flexibility in customizing orders — is required to keep up with customers’ demands. Paper is not capable of offering these game-changing improvements.
Pick-to-Light systems offer improvements but have some serious limitations — for example, since they are wired into the local infrastructure of the plant, it can be both costly and labor-intensive to scale or reconfigure the system. And although user interaction with the lights provides minimal data, there is no way to communicate exceptions or errors, or to receive instructions which might change based on conditions. Panasonic’s Logiscend™ solution delivers on these points and more, taking manufacturing into the realm of Industry 4.0.