Numina Group Adds Labor Management Module and Dynamic SKU Slotting Analytics to Open Platform Voice Picking

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Numina Group (, a leading warehouse automation integrator and provider of picking automation solutions, announces that Pick Execution™, its multi-modal, pick to light, voice picking and RF based system, has new extended capabilities to provide both labor management and velocity based SKU picking analytics. The voice application operates on standard hardware such as Motorola or LXE terminals. It includes a labor tracking/reporting module along with a recently released real-time SKU picking velocity movement analytics module. The software provides the means to intelligently implement order fulfillment improvements with the latest generation, speaker independent, voice picking technology.

Numina Group’s (, full product line of pre-developed software modules and automation technologies is dedicated to optimizing the pick, pack, and ship process. Enhancing their multi-modal Pick Execution™, which already has pick to light, voice picking, and an RF based system, to include labor management and velocity based SKU picking analytics, continues their tradition of providing cutting edge value based solutions to material handling and distribution center operations. “The addition of real-time labor management and SKU velocity based picking analytics provides clients a solution that delivers a far higher return on investment. Pick Execution™ not only automates the pick and pack process; it provides the tools to increase the profitability of the overall order fulfillment process,” explains Dan Hanrahan, president of Numina Group.

The automation module can support all three picking methods simultaneously so the system easily adapts to the customer’s requirements. The voice application is delivered on a thin client terminal such as Motorola’s WT4090 VOW or LXE’s HX3, both simple, rugged terminals designed specifically for multi-modal voice-directed applications. When equipped with a hands free, back of wrist CCD blue-tooth scanner; the SKU, serial number or lot tracking barcode capture occurs simultaneously to fully automate Pick/Pack order validation.

Multi-modal voice directed picking provides the greatest productivity increase and highest level of accuracy. “Adding our Labor Management Module and SKU Velocity Analytics boosts voice picking by adding the operational tools for continuous process improvement, such as re-slotting higher movers in to ‘golden zones’ and optimizing the picking walk path to reduce order fulfillment labor”, stated Hanrahan.

Numina Group’s Pick Execution™ is developed in Java for platform, database, and OS independence. The voice application resides on the server and requires only the voice recognition engine deployed as a thin client on the terminal. The voice application, commands, and responses all reside on the server in SQL database tables; lowering costs by simplifying a large percentage of the application development to simple table configurations.

Additionally, server based software architecture simplifies support and provides scalability, while lowering the overall cost of ownership. “It opens up the opportunity to deploy the voice application as a Virtual Server/ Cloud Computer Architecture supporting thousands of distributed users from a single server or essential Voice as a Service,” explains Rick Ernst, PHD. , Vice President of Software Development at Numina Group.

Numina Group will be demonstrating their advanced solutions for material handling and distribution center operations at ProMat 2011, booth #4234. ProMat 2011 is an MHIA International Expo, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois, from March 21-24.

About Numina Group

Warehouse and distribution automation requirements such as picking, order auditing, print and apply labeling, sorting, and manifesting require application know-how, proven real-time software, and high quality equipment - exactly what the Numina Group delivers! Since 1986, the Numina Group has supplied Warehouse Control for Pick, Pack, and Ship Automation proven to improve the order fulfillment process. The systems and products they supply combine high performance software and application expertise to eliminate “bottlenecks”, reduce labor, and increase revenues to allow clients to gain a competitive advantage in the markets they serve.

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