OPEX Corporation is pleased to announce that OPEX Material Handling will be exhibiting at ProMat 2015, March 23-26, at McCormick Place South - the largest expo for manufacturing and supply chain professionals in North America. Just two years after launching Perfect Pick at ProMat, OPEX will return with a fully functioning demo system on display in Booth #2019.
Perfect Pick is a truly unique robotic goods-to-person picking technology. Perfect Pick was engineered to simplify order fulfillment technology. It's "one touch" design is based on a single automated component - the iBOT. Perfect
Pick does not require multiple transfer points, lifts or conveyors, which add complexity to the system. iBOTs have 100% access to the inventory in their aisle and deliver directly to the workstation.
Perfect Pick’s simple design and streamlined operations result in a more flexible and scalable system that can grow at the actual rate a business grows making it ideally suited for businesses looking to move into automation for the first time. Perfect Pick offers manufacturers and retailers the opportunity to invest in automation to meet today’s fulfillment challenges, secure in the knowledge that it can quickly and easily adjust to often unpredictable
future demands and business cycles.
“The public launch of Perfect Pick at ProMat just over two years ago, generated an enormous amount of interest in our first-of-its-kind robotic order picking technology,” stated Jeff Hedges, President of OPEX Material Handling.
“To date, Perfect Pick systems have been installed for iHerb, BHFO, NewEgg and Petzl. A second Perfect Pick installation is well underway at iHerb’s newest D.C. located in Perris, California, as part of a long term growth strategy to replicate the Perfect Pick system across other locations. OPEX is also installing a 3-aisle Perfect Pick for L'Oreal’s Salon Centric division, one of the largest wholesale salon and beauty supply distributors in the United States.”
iHerb, a pure-play Internet retailer of natural products, installed the first and largest Perfect Pick system to date.
The 10-aisle Perfect Pick allows iHerb to process up to 40,000 orders a day. “Perfect Pick has about three times the labor efficiency compared to our other batch-based distribution center and processes orders in one-tenth the time. Perfect Pick allows us to meet our same day shipping goals – we can get an order through our system in about 15 minutes,” states Troy Van Wormer, Director of Operations, at iHerb.
BHFO, eBay’s top fashion retailer, consolidated their operations into a 240,000 square foot highly automated facility located in in Cedar Rapids, IA, in March of this year. At the heart of the new D.C. is a 4-aisle Perfect Pick system, which permits BHFO to ship over 200,000 products more quickly and accurately to their customers.
BHFO can now deliver over 95 percent of their domestic orders within one day. “We researched a number of different systems and determined that Perfect Pick was a great fit for us because of its scalability. We won’t outgrow Perfect Pick like other systems we considered. Also, OPEX had us up and running in just four months,” related Stacie Sefton, CEO.
When NewEgg, a leading electronics e-tailer, decided to invest in a new 500,000 square foot distribution center in Indianapolis, IN, they chose Perfect Pick to enable them to get their products into the hands of their customers quickly and economically. The 2-aisle Perfect Pick system boasts front- and back-end workstations, which allows NewEgg to pick and replenish simultaneously. Kunal Thakkar, Vice President of Operations, related, “Employee training on Perfect Pick is quick and easy thanks to its screen and light directed picking, which also increases order accuracy.”
Petzl was looking to increase the efficiency and accuracy of their order fulfillment operations at their new state-of-the-art LEED certified facility in Salt Lake City, UT. Petzl was keen to showcase OPEX’s cutting edge order fulfillment technology, which reduced their picking operations from four workers to just one. In explaining what sold Petzl on Perfect Pick, Jeff Wood, Supply Chain Director, states, “The Perfect Pick system was far more reasonably priced than other good-to-person systems we considered. As our business grows, we have the ability to add iBOTs and another pick station for increased throughput at minimal cost and without affecting our footprint…OPEX has been a steller business partner!”
Recently, the tremendous response to Perfect Pick led OPEX to purchase a local 41,400 square foot facility to bring the manufacture of Perfect Pick’s large-scale racking structure entirely in-house. “This is a logical extension of a very successful business model for us,” stated David Stevens, President and CEO of OPEX, “and a logical extension of our philosophy of customer service. By bringing as many critical components in-house as possible, OPEX can ensure the highest level of product quality and serviceability. We are willing to make significant upfront investments in order to ensure the highest level of customer service long term.”
About OPEX Corporation
OPEX Material Handling is a division of OPEX Corporation, a recognized global technology leader in high-speed mailroom automation, document imaging, and material handling. Since 1973, OPEX systems have provided performance enhancing workflow solutions and cost-effective results to thousands of organizations worldwide.
OPEX equipment and technology has been efficiently and reliably handling everything from individual, singlepiece items ranging in size from envelopes, documents and checks all the way through 60-pound payloads using our Perfect Pick system. OPEX is dedicated to providing the highest quality products and service throughout the product life-cycle. To that end, OPEX controls all aspects of production, installation, and maintenance: Every Perfect Pick is designed, engineered, manufactured, and tested in 100% solar powered U.S. facilities by OPEX’s own dedicated employees. Today, OPEX systems are installed in financial services, healthcare, government, non-profit, utility, service bureau, insurance, telecommunications, and university/educational marketplaces around the world. For more information, visit www.opex.com.
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