Automating a warehouse means integrating Business Processes, Warehouse Management System (WMS) Application and Warehouse hardware like conveyors, cranes, storage & retrieval stackers, sorters, labelers etc. This is generally done by employing PLC based programming for integration between Business Applications (like WMS) and Warehouse Hardware.
Automating a warehouse can provide huge advantages for an organization.
There are numerous ways of automating a warehouse. A company must know what level of automation is required for them that can suit their requirements and pocket. Here are some common types of automation.
Choice of automation also depends on what you are actually looking to achieve from incorporating an ASRS solution. ASRS solutions are expensive, so make sure that you have done your math correctly. Make sure ROI calculations are validated correctly before you take any decision. While manual labor costs will be definitely reduced once automated solutions are employed, it is also important to consider recurring maintenance costs on ASRS while quantifying the ROI.
It is always better to first list out the reasons on why and how the company thinks automation will help its warehouse. If there are specific pain points in business, they must be very clear on quantifying the worth of the pain point in actual cash terms.
The PALMS™ WMS provides Supply Chain processes required by companies, which can be easily configured to provide better customer service and control operational costs. PALMS™ has highly advanced logic based stock put away, collection and intelligent direct stock movement features which can help in dramatically controlling space utilization and labor costs. It offers full integration to purchasing, sales, logistics and other 3rd party systems.
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