Preparing Operations to Implement Automation
As manufacturers and distributors turn to automation, many are discovering that automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) can be used to enhance their warehouse operations. While no two organizations are alike, an AS/RS is able to improve workflow, optimize space, boost productivity and throughput, and more.
However, before diving into automation implementation, you must first perform an in-depth evaluation of your current operations. This will help steer your company in the right direction for long-term success. Follow these six steps to begin your data analysis:
- Calculate your "80/20"
- Examine pallets
- Identify long-term plans and design year
- Note the current storage method
- Analyze operations and processes
- Evaluate the current and/or planed facility
"There is no magic formula for designing and implementing and AS/RS into your business, but if you are willing to take the time to evaluate your current business, understand the data, and use that data to prepare for the future, you are one step closer to setting up a solution to meet your specific business needs," says Westfalia's Aaron Corcoran, account executive. When you're ready to take the plunge into automation, be sure to choose the right business partner. A knowledgeable AS/RS provider will help you to analyze your data and ensure that each step of the process is thouroughly covered in order to give you the best possible solution for your business.