In any warehouse, manufacturing plant, or distribution center, products are required to move from place to place. Therefore, for quick and efficient plant operations, materials handling equipment is a must. The first step to ensuring that your warehouse is equip with the most efficient materials handling systems is to make sure the selection process is done with utmost care. Between conveyors, cranes, and forklift attachments, you need to make sure that you are selecting the right system for your company’s operations. To make the most informed decision for your warehouse, follow the steps below.
Before you begin anything else, you need to firstly think about the products in your warehouse that will be moving from place to place. This may seem obvious; however many people tend to overlook some products when focusing on present problems. While this frame of mind will be beneficial in the short run, it will become costly in the long-run when you begin to realize that the system you selected is not applicable to all operations. In some occasions, it may make sense to invest more money upfront, if it means saving costs in the long run. Know your products, all your products, and know them well.
With the analysis completed and in mind, you can now begin to define and design the system you require. This involves determining the system requirements that best fits with the business goal and framework. When this is correctly determined, a system can be chosen, customized and installed into your warehouse. However, the job isn’t done yet, make sure to track and evaluate all of your equipment once it gets installed.
Once installation is completed, it is important to make sure that you are tracking and evaluating the way the system is operating. Is the system meeting the defined requirements? Are there any new requirements that you need? Is this benefiting the company in the most cost-effective way? These are some of the questions that companies should constantly be asking to ensure they have the most effective materials handling equipment in their warehouse.
Address the bottom line
Lastly, it is always very important to keep track of your bottom line. Analyze the data you collected from evaluating your materials handling equipment to see if it is benefiting the company as a whole. This will help you determine what constitutes a beneficial product for your company, and will make it easier for you to determine future required equipment.
Cole, Adam. “How To Select And Optimize Cost Effective Material Handling Systems.” The Material Handling Blog. N. p., 2016. Web. 27 July 2017.