Picking times

Picking times focus on both active activities and dwell times during the compilation of an order and have a decisive influence on picking performance. A distinction is made between the following time components:

  • Picking travel times
  • Picking gripping times
  • Picking base times
  • Picking dead times

The travel time measures the time required for an order picker to move from the acceptance of an order to its compilation and provision. The time spent on physical processes such as gripping, picking up, moving and placing goods falls under the category of gripping time. To determine the base time, organizational processes are recorded before and after completion of the picking process.

This includes sorting receipts, providing vehicles or auxiliary equipment and labeling. The effort involved speaks in favor of using paperless picking. Dead time is time spent unproductively during manual commissioning. Nevertheless, processes such as searching, identifying, reading and checking are unavoidable and must therefore be included in the calculation of the (total) picking time.

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