Whether you’re a logistics provider or working in production, the automation of certain processes can add a new dimension of productivity and reduce the human error element of order fulfillment.
This can be done by step-by-step automation of single processes; or a complete system conversion for large operations.
Get the most out of your operation by following the below steps.
Optimise your flow of goods
Warehouse automation contributes to a consistent workflow with efficient driving behaviour. Intelligent warehouse management software minimises transport distance and travel time.
It also avoids clustering and blockages in your warehouse operation, improving productivity in your operations and enhancing your warehouse processes.
Increase the safety
Automated forklift trucks are equipped with state-of-the-art safety laser scanners which detect any obstacle and stop when needed. Reducing the risk of damage within warehouse operations.
This secures a safe working environment, even when working closely to humans.
The highly accurate navigation and detection systems of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) will avoid causing damage to your goods, infrastructure and trucks. This will also decrease your damage and service costs.
Overcome labour shortages and optimise your use of staff
With an automated warehouse system and by having automated fork trucks doing the repetitive work, your workers become available to handle more complex tasks with added value, leading to a more efficient warehouse and increased space utilisation.
Increase your energy efficiency
Charging of automated guided vehicles can be done automatically with Lithium-ion batteries, which don’t require any maintenance or human involvement.
Size doesn’t matter
No matter the size or type of your business, warehouse automation can provide added value. Yes, even for small business owners and manufacturers!
Whether you’re a logistics provider or working in production, the automation of certain processes according to your needs can add a new dimension of productivity, optimise your warehouse and in the long term, increase customer satisfaction.
This can be done with a step-by-step approach, automating certain processes of everyday load handling; or a complete system conversion for large operations.
Even the type of navigation can be matched to your business: reflector navigation if you have continually changing surroundings or natural navigation for environments remaining fairly constant, or dual navigation if you want a combination of both.
Which part of your operation can you automate?
Think of all the repetitive load handling going on in your warehouse and supply chain. Automation can be implemented in the following different sections:
- Long-distance pallet transport: horizontal transport of heavy loads between work stations
- Block stacking: stacking in blocks for compact storage
- High-level storage: storing and retrieving goods at height
- Towing: delivering parts just in time between work stations
- High-density storage: pallet transport in racking
Take a look at how wine distributor The Park optimised their warehouse and production facility with Automation from Toyota.