Austrian warehouse automation specialist, TGW, will be celebrating a premiere at ProMat 2019 in Chicago: TGW’s zero-touch pocket sorter, OmniPick, will be presented to North American markets for the first time from 8 to 11 April 2019 at the trade show. The innovative product is based on research from the fields of artificial intelligence and smart robotics and offers solutions for the challenges of continuously growing e-commerce markets.
In the spirit of the trade show motto, “Master the Unpredictable”, the new pocket sorter can be used to quickly and flexibly adapt to changing business scenarios as well as changing order structures – while maintaining a consistently high level of efficiency. This makes OmniPick a true Omni-Channel solution.
The backdrop: E-commerce markets have been growing at a rapid pace across industries for a number of years now with apparently no end in sight. This poses new challenges for retailers not so much in terms of growth rates, but mostly because the unpredictability related to the mix of stationary retail, e-commerce, and other sales channels will continue. In order to remain successful in such an environment, the entire value chain, including, of course, warehouse automation, must adapt to this new setting. OmniPick is TGW’s answer to these challenges: It’s an innovative pocket sorter solution that supports flexible adaption to change, thus mastering the unpredictable.
Ideal for omni-channel
Primary target groups for this innovative solution are not only retailers, but in general all e-commerce players and specialists for omni-channel fulfillment from other industries. OmniPick transports, buffers, stows, sorts, and distributes items such as shoes, electronics, toys, or cosmetics in special pockets that are moved in an overhead conveyor. The main characteristic of this system that will be featured at ProMat is that the pockets are loaded and then unloaded fully automatically. Packaging is also handled automatically and without any manual intervention.
Automation in order fulfillment
With OmniPick, TGW has automated the entire order fulfillment process, from receiving to shipping. Manual handling is reduced to an absolute minimum, thus saving time and costs, which puts total cost of ownership in a new and different focus: Low maintenance costs and perfect integration into the TGW system world. This is why OmniPick stands for highest levels of flexibility, productivity, and dynamics.
The United States, the world’s largest warehouse automation market after China, is an important growth market for TGW – with a dynamic environment and strong brands. TGW has recently stepped up investments in the U.S., for example by purchasing a new production site in Norton Shores, Michigan with state-of-the-art production halls and offices. Also, new offices were opened in Seattle (Washington) and Atlanta (Georgia) in 2018, in order for TGW to be closer to customers. TGW is a worldwide leading provider of material handling solutions. As a systems integrator, TGW provides planning, production, and implementation of complex logistics centers – from mechatronics to robotics and from control systems to software solutions, thus optimizing supply chains for leading retailers and global brands in apparel, general merchandise and grocery.
Visit TGW at ProMat 2019 and experience the future of pocket sorter systems in warehouse automation! Booth #S5141
ProMat will take place from April 8 to 11, 2019 at McCormick Place in Chicago. It’s the leading trade show for manufacturing and material handling specialists on the North and South American continent. More than 1,000 exhibitors from industry and commerce will showcase their latest supply chain solutions and innovations on 37,000 square meters of exhibition space. More than 130 show floor seminars by renowned experts will give attendees insights into trends and latest innovations. TGW will be part of the program with a presentation by Raffaele Destro, Industry Manager Fashion at TGW, who will speak on “Mastering the Unpredictable in Order Fulfillment” with a focus on the benefits of automated order fulfillment and how OmniPick supports this process. More than 44,000 attendees visited ProMat in 2017, a trade show held every two years.