The Picking Lab of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics is a picking warehouse in miniature: Here, different technologies such as data glasses, pick-by-voice or classic pick lists with scanners can be tested. The Lab was created in 2021 as part of the Logistics & IT Performance Center project. In the meantime, the test center has successfully established itself, gained numerous cooperation partners and serves as a transfer platform for research results into practice.
Companies can view and test various technologies and warehouse management systems in the test center under realistic, hands-on conditions. In addition, standardized test and training conditions are used, so that a high degree of comparability can be achieved. When selecting suitable picking technologies or logistics IT systems, the Picking Lab can contribute relevant figures, data and facts to the decision-making process.
Holistic view of logistics
A special focus in the Picking Lab is placed on the holistic consideration of processes. The evaluation systems take a close look at the interaction between IT systems, technology and ergonomics. Only in this way can a basis for decision-making be created for the selection of suitable picking technologies or the evaluation of technologies already in use.
Services offered by the Picking Lab
Companies can benefit from this comprehensive range of services in a variety of ways. Among the products offered are:
Demo Picking Lab & Workshop:
Learn about the latest technologies in an on-site demonstration and execution of picking processes in the Picking Lab. The aim of this offer is to build up knowledge as a decision-making basis for the selection of suitable picking technologies.
Training picking technologies:
Picking technologies differ in terms of information provision, dialog guidance, hardware and handling. The training addresses characteristics and areas of application of a wide variety of picking technologies and provides a knowledge base for targeted technology selection.
Usability-Quick-Check for Pick-by-solutions:
In the Picking Lab, the usability and user experience of various picking technologies is evaluated according to your individual requirements and needs based on cognitive-ergonomic performance criteria and results are transferred into a potential catalog.
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