material handling systems consist of several components. The
robotic drive units (bots), mobile inventory shelves (pods), and
software are unique to Kiva Systems. The complete material handling
solution includes work stations configured to fit customer
requirements, a wireless network and a server-based back end
system. All of these are deployed within a distribution center and
the final pieces are the human operators who pick, pack and ship
orders using the automated system. The components are combined to
support critical distribution center operations. From replenishment
to picking, QC auditing, order sortation, and shipping preparation,
Kiva's approach to material handling automation is truly
Kiva is the ultimate goods-to-man (goods-to-person) automation
system. Instead of being stored in static shelving, flow racks or
carousels, products are stored in mobile inventory pods in the
center of the warehouse while operators stand at inventory stations
around the perimeter. When an order is received, robotic drive
units retrieve the appropriate pods and bring them to the worker,
who picks out the appropriate item and places it in the order
container. Completed orders are stored on separate pods, ready to
get up and move to the loading dock when the truck arrives.
Why Kiva is Better
Increase Productivity - At least double the output
per worker over other solutions.
Lower Cost - The Kiva solution has lower
installation and operational costs than traditional warehouse
Increase Flexibility - The Kiva solution adapts to
changes in product types, product velocities, order prioritization,
and other operational realities. This is not possible with
traditional AS/RS equipment.
Improve Worker Safety - Work injuries can be
costly. Customers tell us the Kiva automated storage and retrieval
system reduces worker fatigue and results in less injuries to order
selectors because bending and stretching at the pick stations is
limited and the amount of walking required is minimal.
Boost Order Accuracy - Pick-to-light, put-to-light,
barcode scanning, and a quiet work environment combined with a
process that enables individual selectors to pick complete orders
delivers world-class order accuracy.
Add Capacity Quickly - Kiva is based around one
simple set of automated storage and retrieval equipment that is
mobile and not bolted down. Kiva is easy to design and install,
which means it takes weeks instead of months to get a new
distribution center installed.
Features of Kiva Solutions
The Kiva solution goes beyond traditional automated storage and
retrieval systems to deliver breakthrough performance by solving
many order fulfillment challenges simultaneously.
Fast Picking - The operator is presented with a new
pick face location every six seconds, as if they had infinite pick
face density with zero walking.
High Volume Order Picking - Some Kiva customers
pick 100,000's of lines per day in a single facility using the Kiva
order fulfillment system.
Rapid Installation - Starting with blank concrete
or mezzanine and a few electrical outlets, installation can take as
little as two weeks.
Real-time Orders - Orders drop instantly to the
operator without the delay of waves or batches, reducing cycle time
High Accuracy - Every item can be verified by
scanning the bar code or comparison to a photo, thereby reducing
errors and eliminating the need for a separate QC function.
High Storage Density - Configurable pods, trays,
and bins, no forklift aisles, and complete vertical use of the
facility using mezzanines means higher product density than
Modular Expansion - Add inventory pods and drive
units to increase throughput during peak season or expand an
existing facility as the market grows. The complex construction
associated with traditional AS/RS installations is not
Inline Sortation - Products and orders are
automatically sorted during processing, enabling "pick to
plan-o-gram" within an order and sequential truck loading.
High Reliability - With parallel equipment and no
single point of failure, the Kiva warehouse automation system
surpasses traditional solutions for uptime even zero downtime in 24
by 7 operations.
Simultaneous Picking and Replenishment -
Replenishment and picking can proceed at the same time with full
productivity, allowing reduced days-on-hand of inventory.
Built-in Productivity Monitoring - Operators are
independent and their output can be measured at any time.
Single Process - All items - fast and slow, large
and small - are picked with a simple pick to-light-process.
Zero Re-slotting - Items are dynamically assigned
to the best available location for storage and retrieval, which
means that there is no need for profiling or re-slotting.