Other posts from Adam Smelker

Here are some other posts from Adam Smelker.

Replacing Bits and Pieces of Warehouse Automation: Why Talking to a Specialist Could Save You in the Long Run

There’s an iconic TV commercial from the 1970s that illustrates the value of taking the time to do something right the first time (pay now), as opposed to later making significant repairs to correct mistakes (and pay MORE later). Don’t let this be your approach when it comes to “saving” money by replacing or adding the random piece of new or used equipment for your warehouse automation system. [Read more…]

It’s Not the Size of Your Warehouse Automation That Delivers ROI—It’s the Functionality

In a previous post, we talked about how applying a localized, incremental warehouse automation solution can resolve a specific bottleneck within an operation for better productivity with a low to moderate level of investment. The point of that post (and this one) is that a material handling automation installation doesn’t always have to be an enormous undertaking—in both size and budget—in order to deliver a solid return on investment (ROI). Rather, it’s the functionality and flexibility of the installed equipment that can deliver the biggest impact when automating your warehouse. [Read more…]

Thinking Warehouse Automation? It’s OK to Think Small First

Often, when thinking of warehouse automation, what comes to mind is a lights-out, fully-automated facility that accounts for every item in inventory and removes people from the operation. In reality, however, material handling automation can be applied incrementally, enhancing only the specific processes to maximize return on investment.

Automating your warehouse can actually be considered as having four levels of increasing complexity. At the lowest cost end of the spectrum are systems that improve conventional picking—such as warehouse management (WMS), radio-frequency (RF) or voice-directed picking systems—or mechanized solutions that automate the horizontal movement of products and reduce labor handling requirements (like conveyor, pick modules, stretch wrap applicators, label print-and-apply, and layer picking equipment). [Read more…]