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Wanting to increase the productivity of your warehouse by expediting processes and delivering orders to your customer faster? Material Handling Equipment (MHE) is the answer. Manufacturing, shipping, logistics, everything requires cost-effective apparatus equipment and lifting solutions. This solution also referred to as Material handling, is the production, storage, and control of materials throughout manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption, and disposal. Using this equipment helps in advanced production planning, manufacturing to disposal flow management, more specific resource allocation, on-time delivery, customer support, etc.
The entire supply-chain management requires handling equipment at almost every step. This handling is either manual or automatic.
This type of equipment uses physical force to move or lift goods. Either human or animal labor often does this kind of handling. It is, though essential, the most conventional type of material handling. The speed is lower, and it lacks scalability since the operator cannot perform more than one given operation at a time. Since it involves manual labor, there is a high probability of human error or inaccuracies. But on the bright side, it is less expensive and required low initial investments. It can be used in industries where the repetitive task is not needed much or some other small-scale factories where the investment budget is low, and there is no pressure of producing the stock in bulk.
On the other hand, the automotive equipment uses computerized artificial intelligent systems to do all the work of moving, locating, storing, producing, etc., in a much efficient way. Since programmed machines are involved, human error is reduced. A single machine can perform multiple manual operators’ tasks consuming much less time, making it scalable in real-time. Such equipment is the best if the business requires fast product delivery, colossal inventory, repetitive tasks. This kind of equipment is expensive in the initial stages of setting up machines. Still, this cost is easily covered in the long run by saving up on manual labor and increasing productivity and speeding up customer deliveries. But this return on investment takes time. So if you think your business idea is profitable and customer-centric, it makes more sense to invest in this automated equipment.
To get the most out of your equipment –
1. Try to consider the scalability and flexibility of the equipment.
2. Check the speed and power of the equipment. You want to get the maximum work done in a limited time, avoiding any other damages.
3. Use your warehouse space efficiently, considering the layout properly before installing/ buying new equipment. For example, you don’t want gigantic machines if the ceiling of the warehouse is relatively low.
4. Properly calculate the inventory that needs to be store to make an accurate decision about the rack height and number of aisles.
5. Prepare the warehouse smartly because machines are not as intuitive as humans and won’t be efficient if the warehouse is not arranged according to the pre-defined rules of the machine.
Suppose these material handling equipment is correctly handled. In that case, they can reduce the cost of lost/ damaged goods and increase productivity, making the workforce happier and promoting a healthy supply-chain.