The Satellite Review

First Edition

Welcome to the first edition of Westfalia Technologies, Inc. The Satellite Review Magazine. With insightful and descriptive articles, interviews and photos, The Satellite Review highlights the trends and latest happenings in the automated material handling and logistics industry. 

Issue 1
From the Editor: A Road Less Traveled. What does the future hold?
From the Editor: A Road Less Traveled. What does the future hold?

For our first issue of Satellite Review, I chose to title this letter, “A Road Less Traveled” because at one time warehouse automation was just that – a road less traveled by many manufacturers and distributors in the U.S.

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From the Editor: A Road Less Traveled. What does the future hold?

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Why Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems are Transforming Warehouse Operations Across the Americas
Why Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems are Transforming Warehouse Operations Across the Americas

A high-tech AS/RS offers companies the ultimate combination: a 20-25+ year lifespan with ROI achieved in 5 years or less offering firms many years of cost savings and profit potential.

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Why Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems are Transforming Warehouse Operations Across the Americas

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The Changing Workforce and How Automation is Transforming Today's Job Market
The Changing Workforce and How Automation is Transforming Today's Job Market

People. People. People. The material handling industry already faces a workforce challenge without the common misconception that automation eliminates jobs. With automation, jobs are still there, now its time to educate your workforce.

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The Changing Workforce and How Automation is Transforming Today's Job Market

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Warehouse Execution Systems: The Answer to Simplifying the Warehouse Process
Warehouse Execution Systems: The Answer to Simplifying the Warehouse Process

With an increased emphasis on automation, today's manufacturers and distributors are realizing the importance of software applications in running their operations as efficiently as possible.

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Warehouse Execution Systems: The Answer to Simplifying the Warehouse Process

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Going 'Green' Can Put Your Business in the Black
Going 'Green' Can Put Your Business in the Black

Less well known, yet equally important benefits of automation are the environmental benefits. AS/RS reduces operating costs associated with land use, energy consumption, and waste production.

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Going 'Green' Can Put Your Business in the Black

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Track-and-Trace and Automation: Protecting Your Brand and Your Customers in Case of Recalls
Track-and-Trace and Automation: Protecting Your Brand and Your Customers in Case of Recalls

While quickly reacting to recalls is great, preventing them from happening in the first place is even better. In order to mitigate recalls and their detrimental effects, manufacturers and distributors are turning to automation.

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Track-and-Trace and Automation: Protecting Your Brand and Your Customers in Case of Recalls

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Automated Warehousing Systems - Are They For You?
Automated Warehousing Systems - Are They For You?

Despite preconceptions about automation technology, it is simple to decide whether an AS/RS is the right investment by taking the recommended three-fold approach.

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Automated Warehousing Systems - Are They For You?

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Safety and Service: Keeping Your System Up and Running for Long-Term Benefits
Safety and Service: Keeping Your System Up and Running for Long-Term Benefits

You wouldn't buy a car and wait until the brake pads completely wore out to replace them. While preventative maintenance may not keep a car out of the junkyard 25 years from now, it can keep an AS/RS up and running.

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Safety and Service: Keeping Your System Up and Running for Long-Term Benefits

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Combating the Challenges of e-Commerce with Automation Technology
Combating the Challenges of e-Commerce with Automation Technology

The Internet is changing the way we do business, no matter the industry. To combat these changes, manufacturers and distributors are turning to automation technology.

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Combating the Challenges of e-Commerce with Automation Technology

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6 Important Factors to Consider When Acquiring a New Warehouse Management System or Warehouse Control System
6 Important Factors to Consider When Acquiring a New Warehouse Management System or Warehouse Control System

Most experts agree that the average lifecycle of a warehouse management system (WMS) is between eight and 10 years. Outdated systems cause warehouse inefficiencies that carry significant business costs.

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6 Important Factors to Consider When Acquiring a New Warehouse Management System or Warehouse Control System

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Less Is More: Consolidating Warehouse Operations into a Centralized Location through Automation
Less Is More: Consolidating Warehouse Operations into a Centralized Location through Automation

While some warehousing organizations believe the next logical step in growth is to expand and establish new sites, others are realizing that less is actually more by consolidating and centralizing operations.

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Less Is More: Consolidating Warehouse Operations into a Centralized Location through Automation

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No Space? No Problem: Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets and Accommodate Growth
No Space? No Problem: Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets and Accommodate Growth

Should you build a brand new warehouse, utilize an off-site storage facility, or expand the current facility? By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth.

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No Space? No Problem: Using Automation to Leverage Existing Assets and Accommodate Growth

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Automation Increases Productivity & Lowers Risk
Automation Increases Productivity & Lowers Risk

AS/RS lightens the load for workers, reducing product damage and increasing efficiency.

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Automation Increases Productivity & Lowers Risk

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Sazerac Company Inc., Interview with Jeff Conder, VP of Manufacturing
Sazerac Company Inc., Interview with Jeff Conder, VP of Manufacturing

"Westfalia’s approach to providing Sazerac a solution was an important attribute that separated them from the other solution vendors we were evaluating."

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Sazerac Company Inc., Interview with Jeff Conder, VP of Manufacturing

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