Warehouse automation has been getting a lot of attention in the last few years and for good reason. The potential to reduce labor costs and increase efficiency has warehouse managers excited about the latest technology.
We can help you decide which warehouse automation options will work within the limitations of your facility, provide the highest ROI on your investment, and have the potential to scale as your needs change.
ROBOTIC LIFT TRUCKS
The latest automated guided vehicles (AGV) are a much more affordable option for distribution centers than previous models. Older versions require significant infrastructure changes to help lift trucks navigate warehouse obstacles and complete assigned tasks. A new option, Driven by Balyo, uses laser technology to guide forklifts without changing the your current infrastructure. This technology can be added to equipment already in your fleet and provides the flexibility to operate these forklifts automatically or manually as needs change.
AGVs require a warehouse management system (WMS) for integration. If you aren’t already set up with a WMS, that should be your first step towards automation.
DEEP LANE AUTOMATION EQUIPMENT
Pallet Runners from Automha are semi-automated deep-lane storage equipment options that help reduce product and racking damage in high-density warehouses. Their proprietary technology eliminates the need for operators to drive into racking entirely. The operator only needs to transport the pallets to the lane entry, then load it onto the Pallet Runner deep lane shuttle cart. The cart then transports the load to the back of the lane to deposit the load and returns to the lane entry. This option works especially well in warehouses that have high-volume SKU's.
AUTOMATED VERTICAL STORAGE SYSTEMS
Vertical storage systems allow you to maximize your space, productivity, and efficiency, even when you’re dealing with small parts and tool storage. Here are two options from Hänel that can transform your warehouse:
- Industrial Rotomat Carousel - The Industrial Rotomat Carousel saves time and reduces fatigue from repetitive motion by bringing inventory directly to the picker. This solution is ideal for small box inventory.
- Lean-Lift Vertical Lift Modules - This vertical lift stores inventory on a series of pans, which are then stored between special slat profile walls. Not only does the extractor elevator bring the pans directly to the user, but each pan is automatically measured and placed in the ideal storage location for its height.
Papé Material Handling and Engineered Products offer a wide selection of accessible warehouse automation options. Visit any of our locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, or Montana and we'll help you determine a path that meets the needs of your business.