Optimization Before Automation
Advances in robotics and automation have redefined our daily routine, both at work and at home. Although attention is typically placed on consumer technologies, significant innovations continue to be developed for material handling and logistics.
But most organizations need to rethink before they retool. Prior to the introduction of any sort of automated system, your warehouse and processes should first be analyzed and optimized by evaluating different aspects of your operation, including:
Labor Utilization And Operator Productivity
- Is your labor force not meeting escalating demands primarily due to limited capacity?
- Is your labor force’s capacity being diminished by performing non-value added or redundant tasks?
Size And Type Of Your Lift Truck Fleet
- Is the velocity of your warehouse being impacted by using the incorrect type of forklift to move product?
- Are your fleet maintenance costs inflated by permanently servicing under-utilized, spare or “just in case” vehicles?
Traffic Patterns And Bottlenecks In Your Workflow
- Are your current work and traffic flows very dynamic or even random which can cause congestion or inefficient routes?
Create An Intelligent Operation
Starting with an optimized warehouse creates more storage space for product, increases workforce productivity, and leverages equipment for the best suitable task. More importantly, it prevents automation from being applied to an inefficient operation where it would ultimately magnify the inefficiency, rather than improve it.
Leverage Existing Tools With Data Utilization
An all-encompassing, end-to-end business analytics strategy will touch every department of an organization to streamline processes, uncover vulnerabilities, and provide the insights needed to drive profitability.
Visualize Improvements With Lean Management
Lean management can optimize your warehouse by standardizing processes, tracking performance metrics, and helping you to make continuous improvement part of the on-going culture at your facility.
Boost Efficiency With Automation
After fully evaluating your options through optimization, automation, when properly matched and correctly applied to specific operations, can dramatically change the way your company operates and its ability to service your customers. The cost savings achieved from this approach can then be used to further invest in automation.
Maximize Scalability With Warehouse Automation Equipment
Carousel, conveyor, and sortation systems can provide efficiencies in inventory management along with product movement and storage to generate a measurable and profitable distribution solution.
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