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.