How to Make the Most of the Material Handling Equipment?

Linda James, Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A Warehouse Management System (WMS) provides businesses with visibility into the whole warehouse business. While a WMS has numerous advantages, it is notably effective in material handling because of the usage of Advance Ship Notices (ASN).

FREMONT, CA: There are many moving parts in a warehouse, and it is for this reason that sloppy material handling has far-reaching implications. It impacts production flow, employee safety, and employee morale, for better or worse. Understanding material handling systems and following best practices, on the other hand, can dramatically increase the efficiency of the warehouse.

Ways to Make the Most Of The Material Handling Equipment

Investing in Automated Systems

Increasing the inventory of automated tools, such as those included in the engineering systems category, enhances material handling and efficiency.  For example, if the company deals with a big volume of goods and has limited space, an Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) could be beneficial. This computer-controlled system stores and retrieves commodities from pre-determined warehouse locations automatically.

Putting in place a Warehouse Management System (WMS)

A Warehouse Management System (WMS) provides businesses with visibility into the whole warehouse business. While a WMS has numerous advantages, it is notably effective in material handling because of the usage of Advance Ship Notices (ASN). When a warehouse receives an ASN, it is notified that shipments are on their way, allowing it to plan ahead by scheduling workers and freeing up equipment.

Improving Put-Away Processes

Putting items away the same day they arrive saves errors, frees up valuable warehouse space, and lowers the chance of damage or theft. It also expedites order fulfillment because things are already in the pick rack and ready to be picked up. The practice of putting products away the same day, known as direct put-away, relies on an effective warehouse inventory management system.

Incorporating RFID Tags and Scanners

RFID scanners have many advantages over regular barcode scanners. RFID scanners, unlike barcode scanners, do not require line-of-sight access, decreasing the amount of material handled. Furthermore, RFID scanners can detect merchandise from a distance of up to 40 feet for a fixed reader, 20 feet for a handheld reader, and over 100 feet for an active UHF RFID system. RFID scanners enable warehouses to collect more data about their operations, paving the way for greater material handling advancements.

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