Improving efficiencies and cutting costs, automation technology is one of today’s fastest-growing supply chain innovations. In the 2016 MHI Annual Industry Report, survey participants ranked robotics and automation as the top emerging technology expected to transform supply chains over the next 10 years.
As more manufacturers and distributors explore automation, many will consider how they can use automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/ RS) to enhance their production and distribution warehouse operations. With an AS/RS’ ability to improve workflow, optimize space, boost throughput and more, it is easy to get caught up in the technology itself and dive headfirst into an implementation. However, no two organizations’ operations are the same. Before breaking ground on a new building or investing in new infrastructure, you must take a step back.
An in-depth, pre-implementation evaluation of your operations – from your SKU numbers, to your facility’s characteristics, to your future business plans – will help steer your company in the right direction for long-term success.