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Order picking systems

psb order picking systems are distinguished by their economic efficiency and positive ergonomic properties. Various systems are available for the particular tasks: From manual picking trolleys to fully-automated high-performance workstations.

We can individually adapt the respective picking systems to suit the needs of any client project.

Fully automatic order picking system – autopick

The fully automatic solution for the picking of single items consists of the core components vision, robot, gripper and the IT system.



The vision system detects grippable surfaces on the objects in the source totes and calculates gripping points and collision-free paths for the robot. This enables the robot to grip unknown products from bulk material with vacuum cups and to gently place them into the target tote, preferably in the area with the lowest filling level. A teach-in of the individual products is not necessary.

The multifunctional gripper can be individually designed for a wide variety of articles with a wide range of packaging units. The self-learning system recognizes which gripping strategy is the most suitable for the respective article.



The great challenge in automatic order picking is not a technical component such as the robot or the gripper, but the design of an economical overall process. Since robots can only handle a part of the articles in a range of products, two parallel flows are generated in the material flow and thus create challenges in terms of material flow, inventories, synchronization and consolidation. We advise our customers comprehensively in defining these processes.

Pouch sorter


With the pouch sorter, textiles, shoes, books, accessories, toys, electronic parts and many other flat-packed items can be transported and sorted very efficiently. By means of multistage sortation the items are brought into any desired order. This makes it easy, for example, to merge multi-piece orders at the packing station or to prioritize the processing of late incoming orders with nearing cut-off times.

With its outstanding system features, the pouch sorter is the perfect order picking solution because it does not impose any requirements to the upstream storage systems with respect to the retrieval sequence. This is an advantage for both manual and automatic warehouses. The limited complexity of this warehousing solution and its easy integration into the overall system allow costs to be reduced and the performance to be significantly increased.

High-performance order picking system – rotapick


Multi-source-picking – Multi-order picking – Multi-target picking

Depending on the configuration level, the modular psb high-performance system is able to buffer over 50 source or order totes at the picking station and, if necessary, make them available for picking within a matter of seconds.

This eliminates uneconomic repeated transports from the warehouse to the picking station. The result is significantly reduced order lead times. Another advantage is the sequencing of the items in line with the order.

Picking capacities of over 1,000 picks/h can be achieved at each workstation.


Learn more about the rotapick high-performance order picking system in operation and how it is integrated into the respective overall intralogistics system installation in the following Best Practices:
Kräuterhaus  |  Mayoral  |  Next E-Commerce

Static or dynamic flow racks


At picking stations on the rack, the article totes are permanently ready for picking in flow channels. Pick-by-light indicators show the operator the quantity of items to be taken from which article tote and to be sent to the order tote.

In static flow channels, always the same item is made available, whereas in dynamic channels the item totes are swapped by an AS/RS stacker crane. Picking with flow channels can be applied for all load carrying devices: from boxes to pallets.


Learn more about this order picking system in the following Best Practices:
Kräuterhaus  |  New Look  |  Swarovski  |  Vet-Concept

Picking workstation
»Goods to person with multi-order picking station«


The use of multi-order picking stations is appropriate if most of the orders contain the same items, or in order to take the pressure from exact-sequence retrieval.

Several order totes are available to the worker at the same time. A put-to-light display indicates to the worker the order tote into which the picked quantity of goods is to be placed.


Learn more about this order picking system in the following Best Practices:
Hager  |  Kramer Equestrian  |  Maschinenfabrik Reinhausen  |  Montblanc

Picking workstation
»Goods to person with 1:1 picking«


Exactly one order tote is available to the worker at the “goods to person with 1:1 picking” picking station.

The article totes are made available from the warehouse in the requested sequence by way of conveyor technology. When the order has been completed, the order tote is sent to the dispatch area and the next order is started.


Learn more about this order picking system in the following Best Practices:
Blässinger  |  Dornbracht  |  Leuze  |  SEW GGW

Manually operated picking trolleys


Picking via manually operated picking trolleys in warehouse aisles is recommended, for example, if there is a large number of A-items or for bulky goods.

Different tools such as pick-by-voice or put-to-light are used depending on the solution to be implemented.


Learn more about this order picking system in the following Best Practices:
Kramer Equestrian  |  Wentronic