Trends In Material Handling
In the constantly shifting industry of material handling, there are always emerging trends. Currently, those trends come in the form of integrating systems, automation, and preventative maintenance. Interested in how these trends can be implemented in your facility? We got you covered.
Integrated Systems for Efficient Operations
When it comes to streamlining your facility processes, integrating your material handling solutions is something to look at. Integrated systems consist of any two or more solutions working together in a facility process thus enhancing workflow.
One popular example we see in the field includes integrating a mezzanine and a vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) to provide a second level of storage as well as lifting assistance for that second level.
Another example is adding a high-speed door to a modular room. When integrated together, these solutions provide a separate room for the facility process while also providing access to forklifts and other larger pieces of equipment.
Integrating your solutions together saves floor space and helps you achieve operational efficiency, making them a vital addition to your facility.
Material Handling and Automation
Automation is the future of material handling. According to Robotics and Automation News, there has been a substantial embrace of increased automation in storage systems.
Vertical lift modules (VLMs) are a prime example of this trend. VLMs are an automated storage system that maximizes a facility’s vertical space. While optimizing floor space and improving organization, these solutions bring items to the user in an ergonomic fashion. With VLMs, the need for forklifts or ladders becomes obsolete, resulting in safer operation.
Another solution to look at is a conveyor system. Conveyor Systems are a viable way to automate the process of moving inventory throughout your facility. They allow materials to reach their destination quickly, without requiring staff to move items themselves.
The future of material handling lies in embracing automation. Conveyor systems and VLMs are just two examples of how this can be achieved. By implementing these solutions, businesses can maximize space, improve organization, and enhance safety.
The Importance of Maintenance
In order to keep your facility running as efficiently as possible, keeping up with preventative maintenance is vital. Preventive maintenance assists in avoiding delays by ensuring your equipment is working correctly, as a simple inspection can go a long way.
Some solutions that benefit from regularly scheduled preventative maintenance include conveyors, high-speed doors, and VRCs. Any solution with high usage or moving parts can benefit from regular inspections!
We can provide preventative maintenance to any piece of equipment that requires it. This ensures that your equipment runs smoothly and efficiently, allowing your facility to remain competitive and efficient well into the future.
The material handling industry is continuously evolving and adapting to emerging trends, whether it be the integration of systems, usage of automation, or implementation of preventative maintenance measures.
By integrating your solutions, you can streamline your facility processes, save space, and improve operational efficiency. Automation, especially with VLMs and conveyor systems, can optimize your storage and transportation capabilities while improving safety. Finally, regular preventative maintenance is crucial to avoiding delays and keeping your equipment running at peak performance.