Posted in ASRS, Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems, Automation News and Trends, Order Fulfillment, Systems Integration, Warehouse
What is a Vertical Lift Module (VLM) - also known as a "shuttle"? A VLM is a goods-to-person or goods-to-man automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS). The VLM consists of a series of trays to hold goods which are stored in front and behind a vertical column; an ergonomically positioned work counter; and an inserter / extractor device, that moves vertically through the column's center, moving trays between the storage locations and the work counter.
The height of each tray and
Posted in Automated Material Handling Equipment, Automation News and Trends, Distribution and Order Picking, Equipment Service, Manufacturing, Material Handling Equipment, Order Fulfillment, Systems Integration, Warehouse
There is a long standing interest in the dynamics of organizational buying and how and why the process can have such a significant impact on profitable operations. The battle between purchasing directives and engineering objectives is often a focus of the conflict. Both groups share the common goal of improving the efficiency of company operations with a target of increased profitability, however their blueprints for achieving this objective sometimes seem
Posted in Automated Material Handling Equipment, Automation News and Trends, Distribution and Order Picking, Manufacturing, Warehouse
OK, is it still cheaper to manufacture goods in China and other areas around the world? Yes, but if you factor in some of the intangibles and trends manufacturing in the USA might make far better business sense!
A recent survey of 200 executives of large USA manufacturers, conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, found 21% were currently relocating production back to the USA, or currently planning to move in the next two years. In addition, 33% said
Posted in Automated Material Handling Equipment, Automation News and Trends, Distribution and Order Picking, Material Handling Equipment, Order Fulfillment, Systems Integration, Warehouse
The truth is: it's all about the design of your system! Sneaker power and adding bodies to catch up is usually a bandage applied to a larger problem. Often this is an indication of a lack of internal communication. You need to be in sync with what's happening with sales, marketing, business development and the executive staff. The warehouse executes what these other groups plan and implement, so knowing what's expected and what is changing is important to define peak and valley
Posted in Automated Material Handling Equipment, Automation News and Trends, Distribution and Order Picking, Equipment Service, Material Handling Equipment
Biggest bang for the buck – replacing, refurbishing or retrofitting your conveyor system? Unlike fine wine, conveyor systems do not usually get better with age and with 77% of the respondents in a recent MH&L magazine poll indicating their systems are five plus years old it might time to evaluate.
If your facility has five and ten year plus old conveyor equipment, it might be time to look at your system and see how to make sure the system matches your business objectives and