oneGRID Hardware and Software in Use

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Amazon Inc.

Multinational e-commerce retailer

The task

Minimise maintenance effort, increase process speed.

With its online marketplace, the global group Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world. In order to be able to respond to the enormous amount of orders in its logistics centres, a smart solution for fast and reliable picking became an absolute necessary.

At Amazon, the mechanical HMI components of the Pick-by-Light were highly susceptible to errors during daily operation and had to be replaced on average every six months. For the Group, this meant additional high maintenance costs, operating losses and the risk of extended delivery times for customers twice a year.

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Amazon Fulfillment Center in Troutdale, USA

The solution

CAPTRON was able to replace the mechanical HMI components in the Amazon logistics centres with capacitive hardware, thus achieving both of the dealer's objectives.

As a pioneer in the field of capacitive sensor technology, CAPTRON was a favourite of Amazon in the choice of new HMI applications.

On one hand, the error rate of the HMI components fell to less than one percent with the sensor expert's customised smartCAP buttons. In the first two years of use of the oneGRID system at Amazon, there were no downtimes during ongoing operations. Amazon was able to reduce its maintenance costs to an absolute minimum and significantly shorten delivery times.

On the other hand, the extended functionality of the smartCAP buttons as pick units helps to increase the process speeds. The buttons, which allow quantities to be displayed and processes to be acknowledged, guide employees quickly and intuitively, making them much more productive. For Amazon, maximised order picking performance translates into shorter lead times, improved delivery capability and lower shipping costs for customers – which also contributes to their satisfaction.

Dr Roland Aubauer, Senior Director of Research and Development at CAPTRON, summarises the success: "All in all, Amazon was able to use the oneGRID system to significantly increase the efficiency of the pick stations in its logistics centres – by 13.5 percent in Mönchengladbach, for example – and this at an unbeatable price-performance ratio. The changeover is likely to have paid off for Amazon at all levels. In addition, Amazon employees work far more ergonomically and intuitively without additional training."

Today, CAPTRON's capacitive technologies are used worldwide in Amazon logistics centres. The dealer is already designing new department stores with the Pick-by-Light and having older buildings retrofitted on a piecemeal basis. For more than three years, the response rate of the solution has been 0 percent.

Truma Gerätetechnik

System supplier for motorhomes and caravans

The Task

The Solution

CAPTRON was able to replace the mechanical HMI components in Amazon's logistics centers with capacitive hardware, achieving both of the retailer's objectives.

As a pioneer in capacitive sensor technology, CAPTRON was an Amazon favorite when it came to selecting new HMI applications.

For one thing, the error rate of HMI components using the sensor expert's custom smartCAP probes dropped to less than one percent. In the first two years that the oneGRID system was in use at Amazon, there were no failures during ongoing operations. Amazon was thus able to reduce its maintenance costs to an absolute minimum and shorten delivery times even further.

On the other hand, the extended functionality of the smartCAP pushbuttons as pick units helps to increase process speeds. The pushbuttons, which can be used to display quantities and confirm processes, guide employees quickly and intuitively, making them much more productive. For Amazon, the maximized picking performance translates into shorter lead times, improved delivery capabilities and lower shipping costs for customers - which also pays dividends in terms of customer satisfaction.

Dr. Roland Aubauer, Senior Director Research & Development at CAPTRON, summarizes the success: "Overall, Amazon was able to significantly increase the efficiency of the pick stations in its logistics centers once again with the oneGRID system - in Mönchengladbach, for example, specifically by 13.5 percent; and at an unbeatable price-performance ratio. The conversion is likely to have paid off for Amazon on all levels. In addition, Amazon's employees work much more ergonomically and intuitively without any additional training effort."

Today, CAPTRON's capacitive technologies are used in Amazon logistics centers worldwide. The retailer is already designing new warehouses with pick-by-light, and is having older buildings retrofitted piecemeal. For more than three years, the solution's return rate has been 0 percent.

SSI Schäfer

Innovative logistics partner

The Task

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The Solution

smartCAP sensors and oneGRID software not only ensure better ergonomics at picking locations and a quick induction of new employees, but also higher quality and a lower error rate

Employee activity is supported by sensors and the connected oneGRID software. The picking locations and the quantity to be picked are visually displayed to the employee. The removal of the components is confirmed by the smartCAP button. The oneGRID system requires no effort and can be operated without fatigue even after many operations. The smartCAP buttons also indicate the number of products to be picked and are therefore more ergonomic than an extra display mounted at eye level. The buttons are a little recessed and do respond to the hand, for example, but not to books or boxes that are pushed over the buttons.