The benefits of implementing a new warehouse management system (WMS) are numerous. Improved inventory visibility, traceable materials, space optimization, improved productivity/throughput and lower operating expenses are a few key outcomes.
“Implementing a new WMS often requires a revamp to the warehouse numbering scheme,” said Ethan Adams, an ID Label business development manager. “That typically means relabeling rack and floor locations and augmenting signage throughout the warehouse.”
Having the right, updated barcode labels and signage serves as a critical lynchpin between the WMS and warehouse operations.
According to a recent market report, the warehouse automation market is expected to grow from a valuation of $14.7 billion in 2020 to more than $38 billion in 2027 to accommodate the rapidly growing need for this technology.
For manufacturers and 3PL warehouse operators considering their own automation needs, it’s important to consider the changing demands of facilities and how custom-engineered labeling solutions can help ensure a successful WMS implementation.
Read on to learn about four key success factors to consider when relabeling for a new warehouse management system.
Factor 1: Accuracy
Relabeling projects are becoming more common as facilities seek ways to better manage inventory amid growing demand. Labels and signs need to be accurate to accommodate extensive inventories and meet more exacting target warehouse KPIs.
“When implementing a new WMS, it’s important to ensure that barcode symbology, label materials and graphics all work seamlessly with your new WMS for completely accurate scanning,” Adams said.
Factor 2: Durability
Each label needs to withstand everyday “bumps and bruises” specific to your operation to minimize picking/placing errors and maximize scanning performance. This requires careful consideration of high-quality labeling solutions engineered for your environment and application, from labels with ultra-durable protective top coatings to cold storage labels used in a variety of freezer applications.
Your ID Label representative will work closely with you to understand your requirements and design a solution tailored to your environment and WMS.
magnetic warehouse rack location labels
Applying warehouse rack label cover up solution
Factor 3: Efficiency
More than any other factor, the right labels need to improve the overall efficiency of the operation and the warehouse management system.
ID Label has worked with thousands of organizations to deliver custom barcode label solutions that can increase warehouse efficiency for today’s smart warehouse.
“Relabeling projects can be time consuming and burdensome on your workers,” he said. “A solution like ID Label’s Beam Renew™ is ideal because it applies directly over old or damaged warehouse labels, so relabeling rack locations is quick and easy. There’s no need for warehouse workers to spend hours scraping old labels or chemically treating beams prior to relabeling.”
Other solutions like proper floor striping and overhead barcode signage can ensure the most efficient use of bulk storage space.
Factor 4: Flexibility
“Using WMS automation with a barcode labeling and scanning system ensures visibility at the location and reduces instances where inventory becomes forgotten, lost, or misplaced within the warehouse,” Adams said.
He advises seeking labeling solutions that offer ease of installation and flexibility for future changes.
“For instance, Clean Release™ labels feature an innovative adhesive that allows them to be removed and repositioned while remaining fully in place for years at a time,” he said. “So if you reconfigure your racking or adjust your slotting strategy down the road, you’ve got the flexibility to do so.”
Source: ID Label
Researchers to Develop Solid Lubricant Coatings for Conveyor Systems
A research and development team led by Min Zou, professor of mechanical engineering and an Arkansas Research Alliance Fellow, has received a $550,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop low-friction, durable, graphite-lubricant coatings for industrial conveyor systems.
Belt conveyors comprise about a quarter of the $7.65 billion global conveyor market, which has expanded significantly in recent years because of e-commerce. However, an enormous amount of energy is wasted in these systems. High sliding friction between conveyor belts and slider bed materials is responsible for more than half of the total energy losses in a flat conveyor system.
The researchers will develop novel graphite coatings that will significantly reduce energy consumption and equipment failure in conveyor systems. The research will also deepen a fundamental understanding of the novel coating technology to enable applications in other fields, which could lead to significant savings in many U.S. industries.
The technology is based on a unique, patented bonding approach, developed by Zou’s group, in which graphite coatings adhere tightly to a substrate material.
After developing and optimizing fast-coating deposition processes for conveyor materials, the researchers will build scalable coating processes for full-sized belt conveyors. They will then build a prototype for evaluating the coating performance and demonstrate the feasibility of the coatings for industrial applications.
The new project is a collaboration between university researchers and industry leaders. Zou’s team at the U of A will partner with researchers at Arkansas State University and Hytrol Conveyor Company Inc., the largest conveyor manufacturer in the U.S.
Robert Fleming, assistant professor at Arkansas State; Ty Keller, Hytrol’s manager of product innovation; and Boyce Bonham, Hytrol’s chief engineer, will serve as co-principal investigators.
The project will support a doctoral student at the U of A, who will serve as the entrepreneurial lead, a master’s student at Arkansas State, and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups. They have benefited from site and national NSF I-Corps training and Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation support and training, as well as mentoring by Cynthia Sides, assistant vice chancellor for research and innovation at the U of A, and Douglas Hutchings, director of the Arkansas Research Alliance Academy.
Zou’s research focuses on nanoscale materials and manufacturing. She is an international expert on surface engineering and tribology — the study of friction, wear and lubrication in the design of bearings and interacting surfaces in motion. Zou has designed, refined and tested solid lubricant coatings for various applications. The coatings are thinner, more durable and environmentally superior to petroleum-based oil lubricants.
Zou holds the Twenty-First Century Chair of Materials, Manufacturing and Integrated Systems.
Dematic automates warehouse of kitchen manufacturer Schmidt Groupe
Dematic has automated the picking warehouse of French kitchen manufacturer Schmidt Groupe S.A.S. at its site in Lièpvre in Alsace. The automation technology provider developed a space-saving solution, featuring a multishuttle system for multiple-deep storage in nearly 6,000 locations as well as special tote conveyor technology. Within the multishuttle system, 12 shuttles control order sequencing. The conveyor system z requested items to various workstations. In this way, the Dematic solution provides complete automation of the previously manual storage and retrieval operation as well as picking goods for the entire material flow.
“The Dematic Multishuttle significantly increases speed, storage density, accuracy, and availability within the picking warehouse,” says Boris Herrmann, Process Manager at Schmidt Groupe S.A.S. “In addition, the overall system enables high throughput rates as well as error-free picking, guaranteeing us efficient and reliable order processing.” As one of the international market leaders for furniture manufacturing and distribution, Schmidt Groupe faced several intralogistics challenges. For example, managing the side panels, doors, fittings, and handles of a customized kitchen required more effective processes, so the company decided to automate the material flow at its Alsace site.
Order picking starts at the small parts workstations. There, operators put required parts into cartons using a pick-by-light system. Cartons are then transported to the subsequent stations by conveyor using special roller and belt conveyor technology that support the logistical processes. If larger items are needed for an order, the small parts carton is loaded onto a tray and stored or buffered in the Dematic Multishuttle, which provides space for 5,760 storage locations on 12 levels. Within the multishuttle system, a dozen shuttles handle automatic order sequencing as well as storage, transfer, and retrieval. The conveyor system then transports the filled totes and trays to the other workstations. A continuous scale checks the weight. When an order is complete, the sequenced totes are checked, cartons are closed, and shipping labels applied.
Dematic has also installed a WMS (Warehouse Management System) that optimally manages stocks and orders according to priority, with the most frequently requested items stored in the most accessible locations. A WinCC process visualization system developed by Siemens was also integrated into the solution for monitoring the technical processes. It enables a simple and clear information flow of all accruing data and provides a user interface. As Thomas Meyer-Jander, Director EMEA and Head of Marketing & Communications at Dematic, explains: “In this way, users have access to the current operation status and can use that data to derive optimizations for improved performance.” The Schmidt Groupe’s assessment is correspondingly positive. Herrmann sums it up, “Our throughput and delivery accuracy goals have been more than met. With Dematic, we have the right supplier – due to their intralogistics know-how and expertise, they have been valuable resource, and our relationship has been characterized by cooperation and partnership.”
Orion’s Compact RTC Rotary Tower Automatic Wrapper Integrates with Existing Conveyance
Orion Packaging Systems, a division of ProMach, responded to industry demands by creating a space-saving rotary automatic wrapper that easily integrates with new or existing conveyance.
Orion’s Rotary Tower Automatic (RTC) Stretch Wrapper with Conveyance is the ideal solution for easy integration with 18″ pass-height conveyors due to its compact size, affordability, and the option to expand with additional conveyance.
The RTC is fully automatic and attaches the stretch film at the cycle start, cutting it at the end. The forklift operator simply places the pallet-load on the infeed conveyor and pulls a lanyard switch while moving away to collect the next load. This design increases employee safety by removing them from proximity of the moving rotary arm.
In addition to the compact size, expandability and increased employee safety, the RTC has:
- 20″ Insta-Thread™ Film Carriage standard with 260% pre-stretch
- Revo-Logic technology with photo-eye sensor carriage ensuring precise application of programmed wraps and maximizing load containment and film yield
- Separate up and down film carriage speed control and top and bottom adjustable wrap counts, customizing wrapping for each load
- Long lasting AC motors and Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) controllers, providing low maintenance
- Labor saving film tail clamp with cut & wipe that automatically secures film, allowing faster output by reducing per-load wrapping
Orion’s RTC Stretch Wrapper delivers performance and cost-savings to new or existing wrapping systems, providing increased production and output.
Intralogistics1 year ago
TGW implements its first SAP EWM project
Pallet Handling1 year ago
Interroll expands Modular Pallet Conveyor Platform (MPP) with flexible and powerful control solution
Conveyor Accessories8 months ago
All about roller conveyors
Genel10 months ago
ePAL MEWP operator app rolled out in new territories
New Products1 year ago
SINAMICS G115D from Siemens: the new distributed drive system
New Products1 year ago
Best Product 2021 for KNAPP’s ivii.smartdesk Work Station
Intralogistics10 months ago
MHS introduces cross-belt sorter with double-cell design for small items
Conveyor Types5 months ago
Schenck Process New Sales and Service Center in Turkey Strengthening Growing Markets