Automation technology advances at rapid rates as is evidenced all around us with voice activated assistants like Alexa and self-driving cars. Automation is in our homes, on our phones, our computers and in every business, especially order fulfillment and distribution centers. Giant e-tailers like Amazon aren’t the only companies requiring warehouse automation.
Small to mid-sized companies must operate with automation and efficiency in order to remain competitive. Automation is an integral part of manufacturing, warehouse and distribution center operations worldwide. Automated warehouse systems makes order fulfillment operations more accurate, efficient and reliable.
Automating warehouse and distribution center operations is the key to maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Here are a few of the top trends in warehouse automation for 2019:
1) Integration of Warehouse Robotics
Companies are realizing that integration of warehouse robotics boosts efficiency and profitability in many operations and is not only beneficial to the giant e-commerce companies. Manufacturing operations use automated conveyor systems to move material, order fulfillment companies use automated systems to print and apply labels to cartons, in-line scanning and automated conveyors for sorting.
The use of these automated systems is helping companies to meet order requirements and prepare for future growth. Automated, streamlined operations provide a higher level of efficiency and accuracy while reducing manual labor expenses.
2) Warehouse Design and Layout
Strategic warehouse design and layout is required to take full advantage of the advancements in automated technology available today. An experienced warehouse automation company will design your warehouse to streamline order flow based on specific SKU velocity and order requirements. Organizing picking, packing and shipping for strategic material movement is critical to fully utilize automated conveyors, robots and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs).
3) Full Traceability with Transparency
Companies must keep track of their products throughout the order fulfillment process to track things such as lot numbers of assembled components for quality control and locations to manage inventory. Companies can use bar-coded labels which can be automatically scanned and routed to proper locations or radiofrequency ID (RFID) tags to track product throughout their process.
Numina Group Offers Full Warehouse Automation
Numina Group is a leading warehouse automation company offering more than 30 years of experience in skilled warehouse design and layout, order flow analysis and delivering automated solutions. We partner with you to define your current objectives based on actual order flow, design your material movement and order fulfillment process for maximum efficiency and implement the right technologies to deliver maximum benefit.
Our tier one warehouse control system, Real-Time Distribution, RDS™, provides robust and reliable real-time control of advanced automated technologies. RDS drives automated systems customized to your process and easily integrates with existing warehouse management or enterprise resource planning software. RDS includes a family of modules for flexibility and scalability to grow with your business.
Our skilled engineers help you determine which technologies will provide the most benefit and offer automated solutions such as:
- Voice picking systems
- Print and apply labeling
- Automated conveyors
- In-line scanning
- Automatic weight and dimension verification
- Automatic sorting and routing
- Order release module
- Labor tracking and reporting
Numina’s warehouse automation solutions improve efficiency and accuracy across a broad range of industries. We provide the latest in warehouse automation technologies to improve order processes to e-commerce, healthcare, food and beverage, consumer goods, industrial operations and many more. Contact us to learn more about the latest in automation trends and how to achieve maximum productivity and profitability with warehouse automation.