Advanced solutions that elevate precision in textile intralogistics

Advanced solutions that elevate precision in textile intralogistics

The textile and fashion industry is one of the most demanding and competitive production sectors globally. Its dynamics is marked by frequent changes in trends, seasonal peaks in demand or special promotions, the continuous growth of online commerce and the high speed of deliveries.

Consequently, companies that manufacture textile garments need to have efficient and optimized warehouses and distribution centers to increase their competitive capacity in the market, move merchandise in the shortest possible time and satisfy consumer demands in the short term.

Against this backdrop, it is essential to implement automated intralogistics solutions that adapt to the needs of this sector. Not only must they increase the accuracy of operations, but they must also guarantee the integrity of garments, speed up order preparation and make returns a simple operation.

5 key solutions to optimize storage, control and picking of garments

 

Below we explore 5 solutions that keep the supply chain in motion, providing agility and flexibility to each of the operations. Some solutions focus on automated warehousing, others on order picking or garment traceability.

But, in general, they all help to maximize resources, increase productivity and reduce or eliminate errors.

1 Pick-To-Light

It is a logistics solution that adapts to multiple operations and processes, such as picking, replenishment and return of goods. It consists of using light signals to guide operators. It is especially suitable for the storage or picking of small or light goods, with a medium or high turnover.

Pick-To-Light involves the use of lights and LED displays that signal which and how many products are to be picked from the warehouse. The devices with lights are installed on the shelves and are integrated with the WMS Warehouse Management System, which has the ability to schedule orders.

  • When an order is generated, the WMS activates the lights corresponding to the positions of the products to be picked, guiding the operator to the correct position. Finally, when the operator has finished picking the products, the operator confirms the operation and the light turns off.

Pick-To-Light devices can also be configured to operate as Put-To-Light. This system is also a light indicator, but it facilitates the replenishment phases by indicating to the operator where the boxes should be placed and how many to replenish.

  • Main advantages of Pick-To-Light:
    • Reduces errors in the areas of order preparation, merchandise returns and product replenishment, achieving 99.5% of correct operations.
    • It speeds up the work. Operators quickly know where the product is located or where it should be deposited, so the worker reduces his movements and increases his productivity.

2 Mini Load:

It is an automated system for the storage and retrieval of cardboard boxes, plastic containers or trays of multiple dimensions. It consists of racks, stacker cranes and WMS software. It is especially suitable for small and light units with a high turnover rate.

The racks are high, separated by narrow aisles. Stacker cranes (automated cranes) move along these aisles to access the boxes or trays, each with unique identifiers that allow them to be tracked and positioned.

On the other hand, the WMS acts as a central software that coordinates logistics operations, from goods receipt, through storage, to order picking.

The whole Mini Load set guarantees the flow of products at high speed. Its main advantages are as follows:

  • Maximizes the use of space by reducing the width of operating aisles and maximizing vertical space.
  • Productivity increases. This can be seen in the increase in the number of completed orders.
  • Minimizes human error in cargo handling.

3 Box Transferer

It is an automated solution that ensures optimal placement and alignment of boxes on the overhead conveyor. This type of machine detects empty baskets or trays and proceeds autonomously to incorporate the box into the circuit.

The automatic box transferer is equipped with an advanced system that ensures correct alignment, avoiding snagging or tripping over other objects during transit on the conveyor.

This type of machine can place up to 1200 cases/hour. The most advanced ones are flexible enough to adapt to different case formats and various conveying speeds.

The advantages of the box setter include the following:

  • Improves the stability of the logistics chain by avoiding chain stoppages or fluctuations associated with manual operations.
  • They increase the sustainability of operations. Airfreight case packers are available for both new and used cases.

4 RFID textile labels

RFID (radio frequency identification) is a system used to track goods or equipment using wireless signals. It uses smart chips that are inserted into tags or cards. In turn, these electronic tags are attached to each product in stock.

RFID tags contain stored electronic data, such as the size, price, color or date of manufacture of each item. This information is captured by the RFID reader and then transmitted to inventory management software for viewing by the user.

In textile intralogistics they can be used:

  • Woven tags with RFID technology, which are sewn onto garments to facilitate counting, sorting and traceability. There are even permanent RFID tags designed in the shape of discs or small colored buttons.
  • Portable readers, used by operators mainly for counting. There are also readers that are installed at the entrance or exit doors of the warehouse, which are mainly used as a security system that alerts the unauthorized exit of products or pallets.

In apparel logistics, RFID tags can improve inventory accuracy and provide greater visibility throughout the supply chain. In addition, they can serve to elevate the customer experience by conveying information on how to care for the product.

5 Garment counter

It is an intelligent inventory management and tracking system that automatically counts garments hung on hangers. This machine offers a comprehensive solution for quality control and stock safety.

It uses advanced sensors to autonomously monitor the transit of garments and keep accurate records of them. For this:

  • It identifies and counts batches of garments, at a high speed, reaching up to 50,000 units/hour. It can operate in extreme situations, such as crisscrossed or overlapping hangers.
  • It transmits in real time the identification data and the number of garments per batch. This reduces errors.

This garment hanger counter also monitors RFID tags to identify any faults or discrepancies and ensure accurate tracking and counting of products. In addition, it can prevent losses. It is a solution that detects possible garment theft or falling garments.

As can be seen, this machine not only improves operational efficiency, it also helps to implement proactive measures to maintain stock integrity.

TECNIMUSA: eco-efficient automation solutions for textile intralogistic

We are an engineering company specialized in the design and manufacture of eco-efficient automation solutions. We are constantly committed to innovation and to creating sustainable solutions for the industry.
 
Each of our innovative systems is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that guarantees accuracy, efficiency and full traceability in intralogistics processes in the textile and fashion industry.
 

If you are looking to increase the logistic efficiency of your company, contact us. We analyze your needs and provide you with a customized solution.