The Material Handling and Supply Chain Blog

The 5 Inefficiencies STEALing from Your Distribution Center

Written By: Jason Nowak

March 5th, 2015

Goods-to-person systems for ecommerceThere are 5 common inefficiencies and resource wasters STEALing from distribution operations everywhere, but today’s goods-to-person technologies can turn those losses into profit in as little as 2 years. Let’s look at these five wastes and how goods-to-person systems are overcoming them.

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Conveyor System Best Practices in the Pharmaceutical Sector

Written By: Bastian Solutions

March 3rd, 2015

Pharma conveyor systemsAfter comparing its warehousing operations to industry best practices, Roche Diagnostics Operations (RDO) revealed opportunities to improve processes by standardizing across all warehouses and implementing a more automated material handling system. In doing so, Roche was able to increase pack rates, reduce operating costs, and gain better visibility of carton-level details.

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New Goods-to-Robot Systems Take E-Fulfillment to the Next Level

Written By: Greg Martin

February 23rd, 2015

Robotic bin pickingIn the past decade, order fulfillment lead times have become increasingly aggressive with eCommerce sites promising as quick as 1-hour delivery of certain items. To fulfill these demands, goods-to-person systems were introduced, but taking it one step further, goods-to-robot systems offer speed, accuracy, and flexibility like never before.

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Growing E-Tailer Increases Throughput 200 Percent with Order Fulfillment Automation

Written By: Bastian Solutions

February 11th, 2015

Monoprice material handling systemTo keep up with strong consumer demand, Monoprice, Inc. needed an order fulfillment automation system to help increase daily throughput from roughly 300 orders per hour up to 1,000 orders per hour.

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Robotic End of Arm Tools: Get a Grip on Your Product (part II)

Written By: Rob Stepanek

February 3rd, 2015

Robotic EoATA colleague wrote earlier about the ways of getting a grip on a product. He emphasized the importance of the robotic end of arm tool (EoAT) to the system even though it may seem like a small component. He also delved into the many ways the robotic EoAT can be used. I wanted to use this article to expand on his ideas and describe how this gripping action is accomplished.

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