Warehouses and distribution centers can optimize processes and operations, as well as mitigate such challenges as labor shortages, through technologies and applications that are increasingly accessible.
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“I’ve been at this for over 10 years, and I’ve never seen MRO parts activity like I’ve seen in the past year,” says Dave Trice. “Businesses are running equipment longer and harder and maintenance teams are leaner than ever.
Robotic technologies help address e-commerce related packaging issues, including a reduced labor pool, the need for speed, and sorting of intermixed products.
Bruce Bleikamp, director of product management at MHS, estimates that only about 2% of the SKUs in a typical DC are non-conveyable. But as Jensen points out, that number can run as high as 15% or 20%.
“In the material handling industry, one can expect to see the rise of next-generation of robotic innovations designed to provide relief from labor challenges and boost productivity for distribution centers,” says Rush Fullerton, Senior Vice President Business Development at MHS, in an exclusive interview with Enterprise Talk.
No one likes unpredictability. It’s unsettling. Usually disruptive. Costly, too. But the unpredictability that most plant and DC managers would never tolerate in their processes and workflows, they often accept in maintenance.