STAYING ON TOP OF THE WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION
Automation in logistics used to be about reducing labor costs and saving warehouse space. Today warehouse automation is all about helping companies meet demands for ever-shorter lead times and turn logistics into a competitive advantage. And to achieve that you need the right systems to support your automation solution.
In the warehouse the advantages of automation are obvious. Efficient automation can make your warehouse activities faster and cheaper – and create a better working environment. But is an automated warehouse always better? As so often – it all depends
AUTOMATED OR MANUAL PICKING? PROBABLY BOTH.
Warehouse automation solutions can reduce picking errors, improve ergonomics and save money. But in some cases manual picking is still the most efficient solution. The level of maturity in your business, the diversity of your product range, and integration with other system are all factors to determine the best mix of automated and manual processes.
BUSINESS LOGIC AND MACHINE CONTROL
Regardless of the warehouse automation level you need system support to manage the manual, automated and shared logic of your solution. In any warehouse, we find two levels of control; machine control and business logic. To put it simple; the systems above the line optimizes the What, When and Where. And the ones below control the How.
What systems you need depends on your level of automation as well as on the complexity of your business model. A good way to get a clear separation of functionality and a high degree of flexibility is with a best of breed WMS that can grow with your business, together with a seamlessly integrated WCS, enabling the same business logic, independent of automation vendor. Such as Astro WMS® and Astro WCS®.
CURIOUS TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WAREHOUSE AUTOMATION?
BLACK BOX OR WHITE BOX? WE HAVE GOT YOU COVERED
Consafe Logistics is your partner in system support for your automated warehouse, no matter what solution you choose. If your warehouse is mostly automated and your focus is on capacity, black box is good solution for you. With a white box solution all decision making processes are visible in the same system, whether automated or manual, giving you flexibility to reprioritize orders in real time. And with Astro WMS® integrated with Astro WCS® (as in White Box +) you are guaranteed a system that will work with any automation vendor and be adaptable to all your future needs.