Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Warehouse information

Automation and the Warehouse Enviroment

Some warehouses are completely automated, and require only operators to work and handle all the tasks. Pallets and product move on a system of automated conveyorscranes and automated storage and retrieval systems coordinated by programmable logic controllers and computers running logistics automation software. These systems are often installed in refrigerated warehouses where temperatures are kept very cold to keep the product from spoiling, especially in electronics warehouses that require specific temperatures to avoid damaging parts, and also where land is expensive, as automated storage systems can use vertical space efficiently. These high-bay storage areas are often more than 10 meters (33 feet) high, with some over 20 meters (65 feet) high. Automated storage systems can be built up to 40m high.
For a warehouse to function efficiently, the facility must be properly slotted. Slotting addresses which storage medium a product is picked from (pallet rack or carton flow), and how they are picked (pick-to-light, pick-to-voice, or pick-to-paper). With a proper slotting plan, a warehouse can improve its inventory rotation requirements—such as first in, first out (FIFO) and last in, first out (LIFO)—to control labor costs and increase productivity.[19]
Pallet racks are commonly used to organize a warehouse. It is important to know the dimensions of racking and the number of bays needed as well as the dimensions of the product to be stored.[Clearance should be accounted for if using a forklift or pallet mover to move inventory.
Warehouses have changed accordingly as the economy and the internet shopping has thrived around the world increasing the demand for quick delivery of products. Amazon has changed warehousing and automated warehousing and the expection of same-day delivery. We are seeing older warehouses in inner cities standing abandoned for being too small for retrofitting by companies to compete and deliver goods quickly. All Of these warehouses have similar problems: how do you staff, and quickly train,  a warehouse worker? This is where automation comes in and it is this automation that is now critical for companies to compete. Automated picking systems, automated robots, racking systems and more are now becoming the norm as demands for quick shipping increase. With companies experimenting with drone pickup and delivery, we may soon see drone landing ports on top of warehouses or next to warehouses with operators all over the world flying or controlling these drones.
Where does it leave us in today's environment? I believe that you must have your warehouse designed  by a professional company, and that company then needs to be able to implement or suggest a solution to guide your company into this new and exciting age. Kuecker Logistics Group has the experience and the knowledge to guide you and implement the new products and services that will lead you to success and to profits.
Written by Joe Rossini 
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