Our very own Norm Saenz recently published an article in Parcel magazine about the process of automating a facility. He discusses the effects that automation can have on various parts of a distribution center, as well as different automation methods. Use the link below to read the full article!
Before getting enamored with reviewing technology, it is critical to develop planning requirements. And, while some are pushing hurdle rates lower, it is still important to understand the return on investment. The automation journey begins with collecting data and future operational business changes and projections, including item dimensions and weight, units of measures (each, case, pallet), inventory levels, and inbound/outbound volumes. With a future state data model complete, the focus shifts to identifying the functional areas to evaluate for automation. The use for automation exists throughout a facility, including receiving, storage, order processing, packaging, and shipping. The question is, where does automation make the biggest impact on the operation to reach your objectives?
Click here to read the article on the Parcel website!