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Technologies for Effective Pharmaceutical Warehousing

As we know, technology is an ever-evolving and ever-influential part of our everyday lives – and it’s advancing so quickly that it can be difficult to predict what is coming next. This sentiment is particularly true regarding the fields of warehousing. If you purchase, or influence purchases, within your operation, you’ve been well aware of the emergence of the “smart warehouse.” Once regarded as a buzzword, or even a far-fetched pipe dream, the smart warehouse is becoming a reality, backed by ready-to-purchase technologies that are changing the way warehouses do business. An effective warehouse must be appropriate for the materials being stored. Likewise, a sound understanding of the inventory is necessary to create an efficient and successful operation and below we will briefly explain the warehouse technology.

Warehouse Management System

A warehouse management system (WMS) is a software application, designed to support and optimize warehouse functionality and distribution center management. These systems facilitate management in their daily planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling the utilization of available resources, to move and store materials into, within, and out of a warehouse. A warehouse management system usually represents the central unit in the software structure of a warehouse. The WMS receives orders from the overlying host system, mostly an ERP system, manages these in a database and, after appropriate optimization, supplies them to the connected conveyor control systems. In the process, WMS has made many warehouse activities faster for people to perform and generated efficiencies to reduce labor-intensiveness.

Warehouse Management System
Diagram taken from http://www.arkaautomaations.com/wms.html

Barcode System Use on the Pharmaceutical Sector

A barcode is an image consisting of a series of parallel black and white lines that, when scanned, relay information about a product. Barcodes are read by optical devices such as a barcode reader or scanner.

Pharmacode (also known as Pharmaceutical Binary Code) is a one-dimensional (1D) barcode used all over the world. It is a specific type barcode standard used mainly in pharmaceutical manufacturing. Pharmacode barcode is used for Online Security Control of the pharmaceutical packaging process. You can find the Pharmacode barcode on the packaging of any pharmaceutical products, usually, it is on the outside of the packaging containing the medicine. The purpose of this barcode is not generally like the Code39 barcode and Code128 barcode. Due to its importance, it is designed to be error proof and to provide the encoded information despite printing mistakes.

Paperless Order Picking and Packing System

Most companies begin with manual piece picking, however, as they grow they find that this strategy cannot accommodate high volume in the warehouse. Looking at zone, batch and wave picking, along with some level of automation is a logical progression to support future growth and efficiency. In a pick-to-light system, an operator will scan a bar-coded label attached to a box. A digital display located in front of the picking bin will inform the operator of the item and quantity that they need to pick.

Companies usually use pick-to-light systems for their top 5 to 20% selling products. This system help companies can gain significant efficiencies as it is totally paperless and eliminates the errors caused by pick tickets. Voice picking system informs the operator of pick instructions through a headset. The pick instructions are sent via RF from the company’s ERP or order management software. The system allows operators to perform pick operations without looking at a computer screen or deal with paper pick tickets. World Class warehouse operations have adopted voice picking to complement the pick-to-light systems in place for their fast-moving products.


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Rick Chua Chee Hack, DPSM
Rick Chua Chee Hack, DPSM
Rick Chua Chee Hack has substantive years of experiences in the field of logistics and manufacturing management, specifically in the healthcare and F&B sectors. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). Rick Chua completed the Diploma in Procurement and Supply Management (DPSM) course on March 2019 at SIPMM Institute.
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