Manual Picking from Large Containers – Time Efficiency and Physical Workload
Paper in proceedings, 2016

Picking of components from large containers is common both within trade and industry, but is often associated with poor working conditions in terms of ergonomics, as well as with low time efficiency. Providing quantitative evidence from an actual industrial setting, the paper shows how both the picking time and the physical workload varies depending on the position of each component within the container picked from. It is clear that there are considerable differences between the front and the rear sections of the pallet, as well as between the top and the bottom sections. Moreover, the paper shows that picking from a large container that is tilted is significantly better from a perspective of time efficiency. In contrast, the difference in terms of physical workload between picking from a horizontal and a tilted pallet is relatively small for most pallet sections.

Kit preparation

physical workload

large containers

order picking

time efficiency

Author

Robin Hanson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Lars Medbo

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Patrik Jukic

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Majeed Assaf

Volvo Group

IFAC-PapersOnLine

24058963 (eISSN)

Vol. 49 12 1703-1708

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Civil Engineering

Transport Systems and Logistics

Areas of Advance

Transport

Production

DOI

10.1016/j.ifacol.2016.07.827

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