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If you're Touching your Products in your Warehouse, Are You Adding Value?
Often, the answer is no. Touching, moving and handling product in a warehouse adds cost, but no value. So how do we minimize material handling work without sacrificing productivity and customer service levels?
By simplifying processes, reducing touches, combining tasks, shortening travel and eliminating steps, labor and cost is reduced in the warehouse operation.
Heubel Shaw and RAYMOND have shown us how incorporating two simple ideas can help save you signficant time and money.
There are now warehousing fleet management systems such as RAYMOND' iWarehouse Sytems, that will graphically breadcrumb the travel of a lift truck in the warehouse. Following its path, a warehouse supervisor is able to identify unnecessary travel, combine trips and reduce overall warehousing costs. Are you currently measuring the amount of travel in your warehouse? Ask yourself these questions:
- How far do your people need to travel to complete a task in your operation?
- By changing an item’s location, can you optimize travel and reduce labor?
- How far does a lift truck driver need to travel to transport a product?
- By using a double, triple or quadruple pallet jack, can you combine trips and reduce travel?
Is there an opportunity to use gravity or automation to move product? Here are some ideas to provide movement through low tech or high tech automation:
- Pallet flow and carton flow uses gravity to move product to the picker.
- Push back racking brings a pallet forward using gravity a the pick level.
- Dense pallet storage, such as radio shuttle, moves pallets using a robotic cart.
- The Radioshuttle System is a unique storage technology with the ability to maximize your use of space effectively by combining:
The highest storage density available
Flexible and customized designs
Use the Radioshuttle in your facility as a means to store date critical items that require the first pallets in to be the the first pallets out.
Amazingly, use your Radioshuttle to carry out a reorganization of your pallets and when required move all pallets closer to the unloading point.