Automated Storage and Retrieval Improves Productivity with Vertical Lift System
A simple way to understand how productivity works is to see it as the ratio of the quantity and quality of units produced to the labor per unit of time. What this means is that producing more with less will have a considerable impact on bottom line profitability through improved employee productivity. For that reason, it is essential that businesses look to improve productivity as a means to ultimately increase profitability efficiency. Click here to learn more about automated storage systems.
One area in many organizations and companies that is ripe for improvement is storage and retrieval operations. According to Operations and Fulfillment Magazine, “in most warehouse operations, 45% of costs are for direct labor while an additional 16% are for indirect labor”. Picking and packing activities account for the majority of those costs. Investing in automated storage and retrieval technology like Vertical Lift Systems is an efficient way to improve productivity. (view Vertical Lift Systems photos)
How Vertical Lift Systems are used for Automated Storage and Retrieval to Improve Productivity
Vertical Lift Systems can increase productivity by 66% or more through the basic idea of bringing stored items to an employee, rather than having the employee search for items. Vertical Lift Systems work by delivering stored items to an operator at an ergonomically positioned counter area. Because the lift systems are automating item retrieval by delivering items to the operator, they eliminate one of the most costly factors in retrieval operations—walk and search time.
Traditional static storage systems like shelving require employees to spend up to 70% of their time walking through aisles searching for items and only 30% actually retrieving items. Typically, using Vertical Lift Systems, an operator’s walk and search time is reversed to 70% picking and only 30% searching time.
Automated Storage and Retrieval Improves Productivity and also Improves Overall Efficiency
When employees spend more time picking and less time searching, they become more efficient and the productivity of the picking operation increases significantly. Because employees are more efficient, businesses can get by with fewer employees designated strictly to picking, even when the business begins to grow.
Designing and Installing Vertical Lift Systems for Automated Storage and Retrieval
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