Error proofing for industrial assembly and picking applications

PICK TO LIGHT

What is the Pick to Light system?
Pick to Light is a paperless picking system that enables you to reduce picking errors. The system guides the operator by light illumination to pick the correct parts and quantities, in the correct sequence for an assembly process.
It aids rapid and precise selection of parts in dynamic pick situations and is commonly used within warehouses and is increasingly being used on production assembly lines for the purpose of “kitting”.

CAPABILITIES

Sorion’s Sextans pick to light software is known throughout the automotive industry for its versatility and accuracy. It can be easily configured to match each customer’s requirements.

Pick-to-Light can be used in combination with guided assembly systems and assembly jigs to help improve production efficiency through a system of visual and intuitive work, ensuring the quality and accuracy of assembly operations.

The system helps to reduce material handling and processing times and provides full flexibility to adapt to constant changes in production systems.

FEATURES

  • Easy to mount and reconfigure
  • Ergonomic and robust light modules
  • Integration with guided assembly systems and assembly jigs
  • Scalable and flexible

KITTING

Pick-to-Light for automotive kitting

Pick-to-light ensures that kits are assembled quickly and accurately and are delivered to the next stage of production at the right time.

MANUFACTURING & ASSEMBLY

Pick-to-light installed at multi-variant assembly stations removes errors, speeds up build time, and simplifies the training process.

LOGISTICS

Pick to light system for manufacturing and assembly applications

Quick and accurate order picking, stocking and replenishment

System components

Pick to Light system architecture

PICK TO LIGHT ARCHITECTURE

The Pick by Light system consists of the following components:

  • Control computer with an interface to communicate with the pick-to-light controller using a TCP protocol via an Ethernet connection
  • Pick to line controller (the quantity depends on the system size)
  • Light modules: one per storage location


Operator guidance software

PICK TO LIGHT SOFTWARE

Driven by Sorion’s pick-to-light control engine, the system interfaces with the core Sextans-RT software, allowing easy configuration.

This enables full integration with a guided assembly system, with assembly jigs and fixtures and web-based Orion traceability and reporting.

Sorion’s software informs and records the part reference, which bin the part is in, the quantities that need picking for each build variant and a part description.


LIGHT MODULES

Each light module is assigned a unique address via the issue of an address assignment command whilst the confirm button on the target module is being held. This quick and simple mechanism allows for rapid reconfiguration and/or module swap-out should there be the need.

The confirmation button on the modules is available in a seven colour option. This opens up a variety of additional process quality improvements by using different light colour assignments.


pick to light controller

CONTROLLER

Two versions of the pick to light controller are available:

  • A basic unit is capable of controlling up to 50 modules
  • Larger controllers are also available that can control up to 250 modules over 5 runs of AI-Net; via RS485 connected junction boxes a total of 7999 modules can be controlled from a single Ethernet connection


pick to light for assembly

POWER AND COMMUNICATION

AI-Net provides both power and communications to the modules in runs of twin core flat form cable held within a unique aluminium extrusion that also locates the pick to light modules.

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