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Optimized Pallet Configuration

The task of converting a set of orders into a list of pallets that are stable, easy to pick, and that fit into the truck presents a non-trivial optimization problem. Solving this problem well requires the consideration of many factors, and how well the problem is solved has a big impact on the profitability of your warehouse.


Stability

Above all, pallets must be stable so that cases do not fall off when the pallet is being moved. DPS considers the weight and physical layout of individual package types, and builds pallets that maximize the use of whole and half layers that form a stable base on which to place single cases.


Picking Speed

Obviously the fewer stops the picker must make while assembling the pallet, the faster the work can proceed. DPS minimizes both sku and package type splitting, ensuring that pickers make the fewest possible stops.


Layer Picking

The presence of layer pickers can complicate the palletization process. Some customers pick layer skus independently of manual operations, others layer pick the base of the pallets and then fill out the pallets with manual picks. DPS is easily configured to handle a myriad of possible specialized operational configurations. We do not ask our customers to conform to the limits of the software system, rather DPS conforms to the customers' operations.


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How Does VirtECS DPS Work? What's Special about APC Palletization? | Automated Palletization | Optimized Utilization of Truck Space | Print On Demand | Work Distribution | Insightful Reporting | Warehouse Layout Optimization

VirtECS® DPS Optimizes a Coca-Cola Bottling Facility

This industry newsletter documents that VirtECS provides 30-40% improvement in labor productivity, eliminates picking errors, enables paperless operation, and frees management from tedium to focus on more strategic activities.

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