When seeing robots whizzing around warehouse floors, or reading news about things like autonomous forklifts and delivery drones, it is understandable to start to worry about whether one’s own job is safe in this ever automated world.
The industrial internet of things (IIoT) is a hot topic in manufacturing and supply chain management, promising real-time visibility of the entire supply chain through a vast network of advanced sensors, thereby supplying invaluable insights that can be used to optimise processes and workflows across the business.
Believe it or not, warehouse automation is not a recent innovation. In fact, the first automated guided vehicle (AGV) was invented back in 1953, while the first automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) was installed in the 1960s.
If storage density is a concern to you, it may be having a greater impact on your business than you realise. The net working storage capacity of a warehouse or distribution centre generally shouldn’t surpass an 85% utilisation level, otherwise you may experience a reduction in productivity due to over-congestion of receiving/shipping docks, operating aisles and commingling of multiple SKU’s or pallets.