CeMAT highlight! SSI Schaefer’s Weasel® automated guided vehicle (AGV) was presented with the IFOY Award 2016 in the “Intralogistics Solutions” category on the first day of the CeMAT exhibition in Hanover. It is being used as a fleet solution at NextLevel Logistik® GmbH, based near Schweinfurt in Germany. The Weasel® is an AGV designed for intra-company goods transport with considerably reduced investment and total operating costs. Continue to read
The pharmaceutical industry is subjected to a web of rules and regulations governing the patenting, testing, safety, efficacy and marketing of medicines. Keeping track of the developments can be a challenge.
The rise of counterfeits is adding another dimension to the challenges the industry faces. As counterfeits endanger lives by containing incorrect or no active ingredients, governments have phased in regulations to combat fakes, which the World Health Organization estimates account for over 10% of medicine sales. Some countries require companies to track production by batches, manufacturing dates or even individual doses. Continue to read
Automated vertical lift modules (VLMs) were developed in the 1980’s specifically for small to medium parts storage rather than the lighter commercial applications of the vertical carousel. This type of automated goods-to-man storage and retrieval system consists of fully enclosed towers with 2 column of stacked trays. At the press of a button, the elevator with extractor fingers which runs down the middle of the towers swings into action to locate the requested tray and deliver it to the operator through a pick window. While this basic structure has remained largely unchanged since it was first developed, much else has, increasing its appeal as a space saving, high density storage system. Continue to read
A recent study by the ARC Advisory Group has lent support to our observation – demand for warehouse automation is spiralling up. ARC estimates global warehouse control and automation demand rose by around 10% in 2014. When compared with real global GDP growth of 3.4%, the increase is quite impressive. Continue to read
Since the advent of TV home shopping in the US some 30 years ago, companies have taken to the small screen to sell products, from cosmetics to cleaning appliances, home furnishings to do-it-yourself home improvement. It remains a popular marketing medium even in this digital age.
Selling on TV has its advantages. The TV is ubiquitous. With 24-hour dedicated shopping channels in countries like Indonesia, India, South Korea and Japan, advertisers can extend their reach to rural heartlands 24 hours a day, throughout the year. Continue to read
How we love a new year! It brings the promise of fresh hopes and new beginnings.
So what can we expect for 2016? Here are some thoughts on what this year will bring for the economies within Asia and the impact on the industry we are in.
Economically, growth in the region will remain robust, though it is not without its challenges. China’s growth is easing affecting economies across the globe, but we are seeing a pick-up in India, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. Continue to read
For years the standard warehouse systems remained the same – the racks are aligned vertically, and pallets, cartons or totes are transported by storage and retrieval machines or lifts to the front of the warehouse for retrieval.
There are a few chinks in the system, which can be ignored when delivery from distribution centres (DCs) is destined solely for brick and mortar retail shops involving large orders of relatively few items, requiring full pallet or full case with only occasional split case replenishment. But in today’s multi-channel world, the hiccups are becoming more apparent. The system’s performance is limited by the number of lifts and central front zone conveyor system, and bottlenecks at transfer points slow down the handling process. Continue to read
Distribution centres (DCs) are scaling up in size with some of the largest of on-line fulfilment centres being over 1 million sq. ft. Trying to navigate these behemoths is a struggle without the requisite automation. From rumblings on the Internet from disgruntled staffers, we gathered that some order pickers have had to walk over 15 kms. in a single shift. They have our sympathies. It is exhausting and not terribly productive. Continue to read
Storing small parts or products can be challenging, especially when the number of SKUs a company has to store run into the thousands. Thankfully, a comprehensive range of shelving systems supported by software is now available to meet different requirements and price points to help companies store and organise small parts for easy retrieval. Continue to read
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Tagged AFrame automatic dispenser, fully automatic warehouse syestem, goods to person picking, manual warehouse system, pick by light, Pick-by-Voice, picking systems, semi-automated warehouse system, small parts storage, vertical lift storage
It is a challenge confronting warehouse managers everywhere: How can you improve your warehouse efficiency?
Some of you may wish that someone can come with a checklist to streamline warehouse operations and achieve better results. I haven’t seen any checklist; neither do I think it is a good idea. A checklist may be just the thing for aircraft maintenance to ensure the safety and integrity of an aircraft, but for a warehouse, where operations differ from company to company, it probably is not the most appropriate.
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