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To obtain the most out of material handling systems, sourcing leaders need to be aware of how these systems are implemented.
Fremont, CA: Warehouse operations are under more pressure than ever before to cut costs while boosting speed. New and vital high-tech solutions, such as material handling systems, can thankfully assist distribution and fulfillment centers in achieving these objectives. Warehouses are increasingly relying on sophisticated management systems. However, as every procurement manager knows, successfully installing new high-tech apps and equipment in a way that saves money while enhancing efficiency is only half the battle.
Here’s how to implement Material Handling technology:
Put people first
Regardless of how automated a material handling system is, there will always be a human operator or technology user involved in the process. The user or operator's experiences must be considered when a warehouse installs new technology. It's a good idea to appoint a leader to represent the operator's perspective when implementing new technologies. This team member can document how users engage with the workspace today, as well as audit human interactions with technology to determine any next steps, such as process adjustments or additional training requirements.
Issues will develop no matter how well a company prepares to implement new technology in its material handling system. They must know who on their team will be in charge of dealing with difficulties arising from various implementation concerns, as well as conducting performance and safety audits and soliciting user feedback. Companies should use this information to ensure that problems are solved proactively along the way and that troubleshooting time is built into the deployment timetable.
Building up implementation efforts
Companies should begin with simple steps and gradually increase the implementation efforts. They'll be able to rectify minor faults rather than huge problems if they apply technology on one line before spreading it throughout a full warehouse. They'll be able to measure the improvements they may expect from a wider rollout once they've improved their utilization of the technology.
The cornerstone of successful deployment is systemized processes. Companies will be able to scale from one stage to the next with ease if they use systemized processes. Operator expertise should be incorporated into all of their defined practices. These standardized procedures should also include ways for diagnosing and resolving problems as they arise. They must also incorporate goals and performance requirements in company procedures that must be met before they scale up.