When it comes to improving efficiency, maximising space and ultimately cutting costs in a warehouse, every measure has the potential to make a huge difference. Switching to automated systems and processes is no exception, especially where there is the need to speed up tasks and improve productivity within a warehouse.
Metreel manufactures and supplies a number of mechanical handling systems that can be used in a warehouse, spanning workstation cranes, track systems, monorails, gantries and more.
Here is an overview of just some of the tasks that can be automated within a warehouse to streamline your operations and crucially reduce costs.
Automated Picking Systems
At some stage, all items within a warehouse need to be picked and packed. This then allows for new stock to take the place of those items. For ecommerce businesses especially, picking can be a key aspect of how fast items can be delivered to the customer.
Automated picking systems use AI machines to locate and pick items within a warehouse, whether these are located on shelves or within product bins. The main advantage is the ability for robots to increase speed and accuracy within the picking stage.
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS)
In a similar vein to automated picking systems, AI is also being used within warehouses for storage and retrieval systems.
Often, this involves the use of automated cranes and conveyors which have the capability to transport goods anywhere within the warehouse. As movements are extremely organised and efficient, this maximises space and safety, while reducing costs as a result.
Conveyor systems transport goods between different areas of the warehouse. Not only is the track fully customisable, but so too is the control of movement through the use of automation. This includes precise stop-and-start motions for improved safety.
As well as warehousing environments, conveyor systems can also provide similar benefits within manufacturing settings, since parts can easily be moved between different departments of a facility with ease.
Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
Warehouse management systems (WMS) is a type of software used within a warehouse to process inventory. Some of the data a WMS can track and report includes inventory levels, order status and the locations of any items needed to fulfil orders.
Since stock levels require careful monitoring, everything from the arrival of that item into the warehouse through to its arrival with the customer can be carefully traced. All of which not only improves efficiency within the business, but also the customer experience.
Metreel – Handling Equipment Automation For Warehouses
Does your warehouse require updates to its handling equipment to improve efficiency so that your business can reduce costs?
Metreel is based in Derbyshire and supplies various types of handling equipment across the UK and beyond. We’ve recently added a Case Studies page where you can see our products in action, including within a warehouse environment.
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