Smart Fulfilment

The advantages of warehouse controls

Fulfilling online orders profitably has a significant impact on retail customer satisfaction – and the latest developments in warehouse technology provide significant efficiency gains and a good ROI.

Warehouse controls are a key element in an automated system as they integrate the different components in the system and streamline it with the following advantages.

Safety is improved

  • Less people are involved in the operation, human error is minimized as is the likelihood of accidents.
  • Designing a system in line with machine safety directives ensures the safety of operatives is central to the operation.

 

Flexibility and onsite control

  • The latest range of PLCs and Controls are more standardized, more commonly used and work well with new technology.
  • Good Control philosophy means bespoke requirements can be added in so that different settings can be used as required giving a greater degree of onsite control.

 

Increased productivity

  • Controls mean the operation runs consistently and much more predictably.
  • Changes can be anticipated and don’t require manual intervention to implement, saving time and costs.
  • Reduced error rates mean less downtime.

 

Feedback

  • Smart controls systems also monitor running time and the lifecycles of parts showing mean time to repair and improving efficiency and forward planning.
  • Similarly an unexpected operating problem will be communicated before it escalates into a more serious problem.
    Energy efficiency
  • A smart system will only run when product needs to be moved rather than constantly running.  For example eco modes built in to optimize efficiencies.