Healthcare Materials Management with Horizontal Carousels

At Children’s Hospital Colorado the Materials Management Department is directly related to patient care, which makes it a critical function within the hospital. The hospital supports 298 beds, stocks 1,700 SKUs, and picks and delivers 141,000 pieces per day. Also, all orders are required to be pulled and delivered within two hours of receiving the order. To accomplish this task the hospital uses three 52 foot long horizontal carousels integrated with pick to light technology and FastPic® order processing software (click here to view horizontal carousel photos).

Horizontal Carousels Save 42% of Their Floor Space Maximize Space and Productivity

With the horizontal carousels, the hospital was able to save 42% of their floor space. The horizontal carousel system is operated by one order picker and without the system they would need at least eight more pickers running around, which would make picking take ten times longer. (See videos see videos)

FastPic Inventory Management Software Increases Productivity By 87%

All orders are released to the FastPic inventory management software. With the click of a button, the three carousels spin and position for the first pick. As the order picker is picking the first item, the other carousels are positioning for the next item to be picked. The FastPic software organizes the picking, keeping the horizontal carousels working one step ahead of the order picker, so there is very little wait time between picks. The FastPic software has allowed for an 87% increase in productivity. Click here to learn more about the 5 key benefits of horizontal carousels.

Growing the Hospital Without Growing the Storage Floor Space

The hospital is building a new wing, which will grow the hospital to 500 beds. Because the hospital has the horizontal carousels, expanding their storage system is not a problem. The horizontal carousels are scalable and easy to make bigger. Also, adding another horizontal carousel will allow the hospital to increase storage capacity without increasing labor requirements.

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