An automated "goods to man" system saves enormous amounts of time. "Goods to man" systems, based on dynamic provisioning, automatically bring stored items to the employee access point using transport mechanisms that the employee activates using a control unit. Systems based on the "goods to man" principle are available in many different versions. For example, small parts can be stored in tray or miniload warehouses, or in automated pallet solutions.
Automated storage based on the "goods to man" concept save time because employees do not have to wander around the warehouse searching for various items. Retrieval is extremely fast thanks to fully automated transport mechanisms. The "goods to man" approach is also convenient for employees because it sets a balanced work pace. Since these systems offer compact storage, they require less space and thus help reduce rent, heating and electricity costs. Another major advantage is the fact that "goods to man" systems are not prone to error because all information related to the items on inventory is precisely managed with effective software applications. Accidents that can injure employees or damage products are also prevented by "goods to man" systems because the transport mechanisms virtually guarantee the safety of put and pick operations.
The "goods to man" principle: Hänel Lean Lift® and Hänel Rotomat® storage systems
Hänel has optimized the "goods to man" principle in all Hänel systems. Developments like the Hänel Lean-Lift® and the Hänel Rotomat® offer safe, fast and convenient "goods to man" storage. The Hänel Rotomat® industrial carousel makes use of the available room height and creates up to 60% more storage capacity while also delivering top system performance. Thus costly warehousing space can be used more efficiently. No long distances to walk, no ladders to climb and no bending to retrieve stored items. The "goods to man" principle ensures that items are retrieved quickly – and the system access point is very ergonomic.
The Hänel Lean-Lift® also functions according to the "goods to man" principle. The system reduces costs and helps to utilize the area dedicated to storage more economically. The Hänel system automatically brings the requested items to the access area in seconds, where they can be retrieved at the optimum ergonomic height. Hänel storage systems considerably reduce access time – and that boosts order picking performance.