Warehouse automation is widely publicised as the most effective way to boost return on investment (ROI) – reducing labour, enhancing accuracy and improving efficiency and safety. This article explains what warehouse automation is and details the various types of automation technologies used in warehouses.
Warehouse automation is the process of automating the movement of inventory into, within and out of warehouses with minimal human assistance. Warehouse automation systems come in many varied forms and include machines and robots designed to speed up warehouse processes.
Complete warehouse automation entails automating a variety of elements, from software systems and storage & retrieval methods to pick, pack and despatch operations.
A business can eliminate labour intensive duties that involve repetitive physical work and manual data entry and analysis with warehouse automation technology. Companies can take advantage of the accuracy of machines, their speed of operation, as well as their ability to work continuously, without fatigue for many hours.
Robots are examples of physical automation technology in a warehouse. Physical automation minimises staff movement and creates more efficient workflows. Robots and humans now work together in many warehouses to accomplish repetitive tasks while minimising fatigue and injury.
In many cases, warehouse automation does not require physical or robotic automation, but simply uses software to replace manual tasks. Digital automation uses data and software to reduce manual workflows.
An example of digital automation in the warehouse is automatic identification and data capture (AIDC). AIDC technology can enhance the worker experience, improve customer service and reduce operational costs associated with human error. AIDC is a broad category of technologies used to collect information from an individual, object, image or sound without manual data entry. AIDC systems are used to manage inventory, delivery, assets, security and documents.
At AMH Material Handling, we take an innovative approach to optimise the storage, preparation and dispatch of goods in warehouses. From simple conveying systems through to ‘goods to person’ picking and despatch sortation solutions, our goal is to maximise the efficiency of your operation.
Warehouse automation is no longer reserved for the elite of the industry. A key stage is identifying the need for warehouse automation. There’s no one size fits all approach.
Whatever your warehouse automation needs, we have the knowledge and experience to work with you to create the solution that will deliver the best returns for your business. Just take a look at our case studies to see how the installation of warehouse automation systems has helped a diverse range of businesses.
To learn more please contact AMH Material Handling for an informal, no obligations chat with one of our specialist engineers.