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Kitting and Sequencing

PTL110 pick to light device on a rack of bins

Build Kits and Assemblies Quickly and Accurately

Kitting involves assembling separate but related items into a single unit or kit that is packaged together.

In Just In Time (JIT) manufacturing, sequencing refers to delivering kits of materials to the next station exactly when they are needed to ensure maximum efficiency. 

For example, in automotive manufacturing, kits of parts are delivered to the next stage of production at exactly the time that a kit is needed. Assembling kits in this way is also known as "offline kitting."

Pick-to-light solutions help ensure kits are assembled accurately at a fast pace and can be delivered to the next stage of production at the right time.


Challenges of Kitting and Sequencing Applications

assembler picks syringes to put in a medical kit
Many Steps, Variety of Kits, Low Tolerance for Error

Ensuring Quality in Kit Building is Essential

Kitting and sequencing applications can be challenging because kits and other assemblies are often made of many different components.  Each kit must be assembled correctly to ensure that end users, or assemblers at the next stage of production, receive a complete kit.

Due to the number of items, and the variety of kits that may be assembled at a station, it can be easy for assemblers to lose track of what has already been put in the kit.  For example, they may accidentally leave out items or add duplicate items, which increases costs and makes parts inventory management a challenge.

Manually verifying that each kit is complete, and does not contain duplicates, is time-consuming and prone to error.  Therefore, it is necessary a solution that can streamline assembly tasks and verify accuracy.

Just In Time sequencing applications depend on a fast, accurate kit building to ensure that kits arrive at the next station at the right time and contain all of the necessary parts.


Benefits of Pick-to-Light for Kitting Applications

PTL110 Kitting Pick to Light
Guide Assemblers to the Correct Components

Ensure Quality Even in Large, Complex Assemblies

  • At stations where multiple different kits are assembled, specific colors can be assigned for each kit.  Pick-to-light devices illuminate with the corresponding color, such as blue, alerting the operator to pick items from all the bins with blue lights. 
  • Devices with an alphanumeric display indicate the quantity of each item to pick. 
  • After an operator has transferred the items from each pick bin to the color-matched kit bin, they press the blue touch button to signal that they are finished, and the light turns off.
  • The process is repeated with additional colors, and once all the lights are off, that round of kit is complete.

 

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Verify that the Correct Component is Picked

Check Pick Accuracy in Real Time

  • These devices detect when a hand reaches into a bin and breaks the sensing beam or array. 
  • When picks are executed correctly, yellow LEDs confirm that the operator picked from the right bin. 
  • If the operator reaches into the wrong bin (for example, to pick the wrong item or pick a piece out of order), a light turns red indicating an error.
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picking parts from a bin
Increase Overall Efficiency

Reduce Wasted Time and Save Costs

  • Light-guided solutions speed up onboarding time for new employees, as well as training on new product assembly.  Different colors of lights are easy to interpret quickly with minimal training.   

  • Pick-to-light solutions reduce time wasted re-reading instructions, as well as checking and re-checking work.
  • By verifying parts at each step, pick-to-light solutions can reduce errors during the assembly process and save time during quality inspections downstream.   
  • Improving efficiency at both assembly and inspection stages reduces overhead costs and increases profitability.

Featured Products

PTL110 pick to light device
PTL110 Series

Scalable, Versatile Pick-To-Light Devices

PTL110 pick-to-light devices are multifunctional indicators with options for touch button, optical sensor, and three-digit alphanumeric display, connected in series to create a powerful picking system. PTL110 systems improve speed, productivity, and quality in picking, kitting and related applications.

  • M12 connectors for quick and secure installation of multiple devices with no additional cables required.
  • Indicator provides fourteen colors and multiple animation functions to differentiate multiple conditions.
  • Powered by PICK-IQ™, a purpose-built, Modbus compatible serial bus protocol that uses a Common ID to reduce the typical latency that results from polling multiple devices.
  • Can be paired with the DXM700 wireless controller for deployment on carts and mobile picking stations.
K50 Pro Series Pick to light device
K50 Pro Series

Pick-to-Light Devices

The K50 Pro touch Series is a versatile family that combines a large, bright indicator with solid-state switching capability activated by a simple touch.

  • Bright LED indicators combined with touch-activated switching capabilities
  • Compatible models are programmable using Banner's Pro Editor Software and Pro Converter Cable for customization of colors and animation
  • Rugged IP67 and IP69K construction for high-pressure washdown environments
  • Ergonomic design requires no physical pressure to operate and eases stress on the hands and wrists
  • Ideal for pick-to-light and call button applications in a wide range of industries and environments
  • IO-Link models have full Pro capabilities managed dynamically by the master, plus individual LED control for full status customization
K50 Pro Series Pick to light device
K30 Series pick to light device
K30 Series

Pick to Light Devices

A smaller version of the K50 Series, the K30 Pick-to-Light Series combines a bright indicator light with solid-state, touch-activated switching.

  • Ergonomic design requires no physical pressure to operate, preventing stress on hands and wrists
  • Simple operation with the touch of a finger
  • Easily actuated with bare hands or work gloves
  • Rugged, fully encapsulated IP69K construction for high-pressure wash-down environments
  • Ideal for pick-to-light and call button applications in a variety of industries
  • 1- and 2-color models available to solve a range of application

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