How To Determine Whether Material Handling Systems Might Help Increase Your Productivity
Whether you are involved in manufacturing, shipping, or just handle any kind of large volume, you are always looking for ways to make your processing more efficient. After all, greater efficiency means more volume in less time, which means more overall profits. One way to help reduce waste and improve the overall performance of your facilities is by improving current material handling systems, replacing warehouse management systems, or installing new automated conveyor systems if none are in use. How do you know if your setup might be made more efficient? Follow these tips and find out.
Do You Have A Strategic Material Handling System?
Was there a lot of thought put into how things travel around your facility? If you are like many companies, the answer to that question is a definite no. Things were simply thrown together and put into place as needed, with relatively little strategic direction. As a result, things are almost certainly not as efficient as they could be. You likely have runs going in all kinds of different directions, and a lot more overall conveyor yardage than would be required, resulting in longer travel times. Streamlining this will almost certainly assist with overall productivity.
Is Your Automated Conveyor System Old?
If you haven’t considered updating your system in some time, it is likely that there is better technology available. Older styles still function, but they’re higher maintenance and often less efficient. They waste resources, which makes them suboptimal. If you’ve had your current setup in place for more than 10 years, you should strongly consider looking at newer options.
Has Your Stock Changed?
Companies naturally grow and develop over time. The products or goods that were once circulating around your factory may have changed slightly, substantially, or entirely. If this is the case, even something that was once custom designed to suit your space and your product may no longer be functioning at peak efficiency. There is a lot of design that goes into this kind of setup. If it’s designed for a lighter load than it needs to bear, inefficiency results. Likewise, if it’s bearing a lighter load than it was designed for, it won’t run properly. In fact, if it’s bearing a heavier load, it is taking a lot more strain than it was designed to and will likely experience increased breakdowns and high requirements for maintenance. These issues are resolved easily by considering updates.
Is Something Just Not Working?
If you notice a pervasive problem with a part (or multiple parts) in your chain, it’s probably time to re-evaluate everything. There are a lot of points of potential failure in even the best structures. If you’re noticing one acting up, it is likely that there are more just getting ready to show themselves. Make notes of anything that doesn’t run smoothly so you’re prepared to address it swiftly.
These are not the only signs indicating that replacing warehouse management systems might be a good idea. There are many small things that will occur throughout the day and provide hints. However, these are some of the biggest, and noticing one of them is a key indicator that repair, replacement, or a totally new design is in order.