What are the Advantages of Efficient Material Handling Systems

Logistics Tech Outlook | Wednesday, June 01, 2022

SUMMARY- Companies applying improved material handling systems can cut labor costs, boost productivity, and enhance inventory accuracy.


Sophisticated data collection strategies have been applied in manufacturing material handling systems in the past. The demand for more efficient integrated material handling systems developed only when traceability became a client demand in recent times. Several businesses started their digital journey at that time, looking for technologies that would increase traceability and material handling effectiveness.

The manufacturer may lose transactions when a costly third-party barcoding solution does not link with their ERP system, leading to inaccurate shipping documentation, unpaid supplier invoices, and incorrect inventory totals. The manufacturer achieves real data integrity by combining barcoding data collecting with the ERP system.

Materials Replenishment on the Shop Floor

The appropriate combination of technology and technique is required to achieve the correct balance of timely and efficient material replenishment for production. Manufacturers may obtain the efficiencies they require with integrated planning, scheduling, production execution, and materials replenishment solution, with every system component “communicating to each other” in real-time.

The Next Level of Traceability

Manufacturers require a solution that can monitor materials from the moment the inbound receipts container is offloaded from the truck, detect the time spent beyond the climate-controlled areas, recognize who removed or added material to the container, and evaluate the test results of documented attributes like grade and country of origin. Following that, the solution must track WIP serial numbers and verify acquired components during the outbound shipment process.

Automating the Warehouse

Warehouses have a certain amount of space, employees, and technology. Streamlining operations by replacing paper pick lists, verbal directions, and visual signals with an event- and data-driven automated materials handling system. For materials handlers, it provides real-time updates and prioritizes balancing. Utilizing automated material replenishment instruction technology integrated into the ERP system, a customer may decrease its material handling workforce.

What’s in the Future?

Warehouses are undergoing a massive transformation. Manufacturers may boost productivity, gain efficiency, and ensure traceability compliance by using real-time data. Process automation technologies, like ASRS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems), AGV (Autonomous Guided Vehicles), Augmented Reality, and Machine Learning, are now available. They evaluate inventory movements and further optimize storage. To connect with shop floor necessity and customer requirements, QAD Adaptive ERP reduces manual material handling operations. QAD Automation Solutions provides real-time transparency to enhance material handling efficiency by automating material movements.


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