Warehouse Automation

Warehouse Automation

Automation in the warehouse has become increasingly popular for newer, larger facilities, but many feel automation is out of reach for smaller facilities. With automation at the forefront of many operations future, it’s time to educate on how facilities can implement automation into their distribution centers today.

A big misconception among supply chain and distribution centers is that in order to implement automation, they need to build a new, fully automated warehouse which is out of the question for many. However, automation comes in many forms and is strategically designed to work with any facility’s current operation.

For any supply chain manager, the first step is to determine which automation strategy and technologies are right for your operation. Identify the tasks and equipment that are ideal candidates for automation. Begin with a project that fits your comfort level and prioritize those opportunities.

Ask these three questions to help you decide:

      1. What benefit(s) are you trying to accomplish?
      2. What task(s) do you want to automate?
      3. How do you use your current forklift Fleet?

Strategize based on success and growth:

Efforts to introduce automation into your facility should be guided by an achievable, scalable plan to increase success and growth. Develop a clear path for a tangible return on investment and a clear path to build upon to strategically optimize your automation efforts.

Forklifts are an ideal starting point for a scalable automation initiative, given their prominent role in moving products. Crown’s DualMode technology is gaining a lot of attention for its ability to enable both automated and manual operations.

The implementation of DualMode automation enables warehouses to take a scalable approach to automation solutions with minimal supporting systems or infrastructure.

DualMode Automation:

Implementing DualMode systems doesn’t require special training that may be required for fully automated solutions, and one employee is often times enough to manage several DualMode vehicles, stepping in when manual operation is needed.

DualMode automation is just in the beginning stages; this type of automation will continue to evolve, opening doors for future improvements and possibilities. Enabling this scalable approach gives companies the flexibility to evolve their automated process at their own pace.

As you decide what strategically best fits your automation goals, Lift Power can help determine how best to integrate the technology into your operation to benefit your process and increase your ROI with each deployment. Contact our automation specialists today: https://liftpower.com/contact-us/

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