The protection, movement, control of goods, and end products are something very crucial to every industry. Whether automated, semi-automated, or manual – these aspects come under the category of material handling process and support the entire network of warehouse supply.
Different kinds of handling equipment are required for transport, positioning, loading and storage. They are responsible for optimum utilization of the warehouse, safety of the goods, and the overall productivity of the employees.
Before I start discussing the reasons as to why you need these tools in your facility, let me give you a quick snapshot of four main categories of the material handling system:
- Storage: includes pallets, shelves, bins, drawers, stacking frames or racks onto which materials may be conserved in an orderly manner till they are transported.
- Bulk Material Handling: are transporting equipment for good in loose or packaged form. A few examples are grain elevators, bucket elevators, trolleys, hoppers, silos, etc.
- Engineered Systems: include automated storage and transportation tools such as conveyor belts, automated guided vehicles, and more.
- Industrial Trucks: refer to those transportation devices that are hand or foot-operated trucks, pallet jacks, and various kinds of forklifts. A scissor lift table truck is a common choice.
Now, if you haven’t deployed any of the above-mentioned equipment in the warehouse, do it now. Here is why –
- To Improve Inventory Management
With the usage of appropriate equipment, the goods and materials can be found at the right place at the right time, which in return assures complete accuracy and control.
- To Boost Worker Productivity
It is important to design a job depending upon the capability of the worker. Beyond mental efficiency, you want the job to be safe and comfortable physically, to ensure a positive performance level.
- To Ensure Smooth Work Flow
Traffic intensity, staging congestion, and re-routing are small things that can cause an immense impact on working inside the facility. With material handling equipment, there is flexibility and lesser issues.
- To Eliminate Damage and Loss of Goods
The biggest drawback of manual material handling is that the stored products can be difficult to track, and the fragile items can be vulnerable to damage. However, a material handling system integrated with WMS can reduce such possibilities.
- To Reduce Material Handling Costs
By swapping the unnecessary workforce with material handling tools, you can bring down the total costing spent on sorting, shipping, handling and receiving of items.
- To Increase Safety
When the bulk material handling is done with specialized equipment and not delicate human lives, the risk of back and hand injuries is drastically reduced, and the staff can feel safe and happy when working.
- To Enhance Customer Experience
With so much management at the backend, your warehouse can provide the shipments to customers on their promised time, in an undamaged condition. This adds up to their satisfaction level and improves their loyalty towards your brand.