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Optimizing the Outbound Logistics Process

June 29, 2022
With the boom in the ecommerce market, companies will have to optimize outbound processes in order to keep up with the race and continue to meet customer expectations – correct orders with on time fulfilment. Let's look at how.

4 DC Design Focus Areas: Beyond Automated Warehouse Technology

June 22, 2022
Streamlining the complex processes of getting products from inbound receiving to outbound truck loading requires thoughtful orchestration of functions within the four walls of distribution and fulfillment centers that extends beyond selecting the right automated technology. Let’s take a look at five more areas that you’ll want to consider during the planning phase to unlock even more efficiency opportunities.

Small Scale Robotic Automation Drives a Big Impact for Gerrie Electric’s Distribution

June 15, 2022
“Our existing 26,000 square foot facility was just not enough.” Gerrie Electric turned to small scale automation to unlock warehouse footprint and productivity opportunities quickly and reliably. The result – error-free picking, a boost in throughput, a trajectory to achieve and beat a targeted 3-year ROI and room to accommodate their immediate growth for additional robots and ports to handle the increased demand. As the largest independent, electrical lighting and automation distributor in Ontario, Canada, Gerrie Electric serves customers ranging from car and steel OEMs, pharmaceuticals and individual contractors performing on-site electrical installations.

L'automatisation à petite échelle génère un grand impact pour la distribution de Gerrie Electric

June 15, 2022
« Notre installation existante de 26 000 pieds carrés n’était tout simplement plus suffisante ». Gerrie Electric s’est tourné vers l’automatisation à petite échelle pour lever les restrictions dues à la superficie d’entrepôt et permettre rapidement et de façon fiable des opportunités de productivité. Le résultat : un prélèvement exempt d’erreurs, une amélioration de la productivité, une trajectoire pour atteindre et surpasser un rendement du capital investi sur trois ans ciblé, et de l’espace pour accommoder la croissance immédiate pour des robots et des ports supplémentaires afin de traiter l’augmentation de la demande.

5 Common Mistakes in Distribution Center Operation Design

June 08, 2022
Before products can be sent on their way to individual doorsteps or stores, there are a lot of individual yet highly connected functions. All of these tasks are housed in a single DC (distribution center). As straightforward as it may seem to get products from inbound receiving docks to outbound shipping and truck loading, there are a few key considerations to avoid common mistakes in layout and design. Unlocking efficiency opportunities means thinking through safety considerations, the placement of functions and technologies in the warehouse, understanding of drawbacks or potential challenges, and evaluating what can and cannot or should not be automated. Let’s take a look at some of the common mistakes and considerations to avoid them.

Key Interface Testing for a Successful and Seamless AS/RS Integration

June 01, 2022
The testing phase is one of the most crucial and often overlooked project phases when planning for an AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval system). Selecting an optimal technology for a customer’s specific needs is only the first step of the process, testing helps to highlight additional opportunities, refine warehouse operations with the new automation, as well as mitigate unforeseen challenges. As we look into what goes into a typical test plan for an AS/RS, there are four stages that can be considered testing staples: remote interface testing, internal integration testing, integration testing with the customer and UAT (user acceptance testing) with the customer.

Workplace Health: Ergonomics, Safety and Health Enhanced by Logistics Robots

May 25, 2022
Post originally published and provided courtesy of Scallog. In order to coordinate and absorb those retail flows as effectively as possible to meet demand, logistics engineers must become more efficient and productive, beyond trading off their resources as an adjustment variable. Automation, and specifically goods-to-person robotics, is a crucial element to ensure efficient logistics without compromising on the operator’s safety and well-being.

How to Navigate Significant Shifts When Upgrading Warehouse Software

May 18, 2022
Supply chains and warehouse operations are under a spotlight with many moving towards adding small- and large-scale automation solutions with software upgrades to match. Identifying and navigating those changes is not easy but the right warehouse software platform and integrator can help make the shift seamless.

How to Fix Conveyor Belt Tracking in 3 Easy Steps

May 11, 2022
One of the biggest pain points in the life of a maintenance technician or installer is conveyor belt tracking. Here are a few helpful tips to lookout for and an easy, 3-step process to get your belt running right down the middle.

OPEX®: Next Gen Automation Technology to Strengthen the Future of Warehouses

May 04, 2022
We talked to Khurshed B. Mirza, OPEX Warehouse Automation Director for the APAC region, for a deeper insight on the technology and future of DC automation development. OPEX is a warehouse automation leader in the US and is progressively rolling out these technologies to the EU and APAC regions. “There is no single point of failure in our equipment,” says Khurshed B. Mirza. “OPEX solutions have in-built redundancy that results in a significantly higher machine uptime than competitive solutions. OPEX solutions also consume significantly less electric energy when they run due to cutting edge environmental sustainability innovation.”

Is Pick to Light Right for You? Streamline Picking Processes with Easy, Visual Cues

April 27, 2022
Are you looking for a way to eliminate waste within your picking process? Are you struggling to achieve accuracy metrics? Does your operation suffer from constant turnover or accommodate seasonality? If any of these scenarios hit a little too close to home, a pick to light solution may be a good choice to optimize your operation! In this article, I will go over the functionality, advantages and operations best suited for this technology.

Outfitting Industrial Robots for Extreme Warehouse Environments

April 20, 2022
Hot, cold, corrosive – these environments, and more, inherently require a little extra care when it comes to planning labor and tasks. The same goes for introducing any automated technologies. After all, you need them to operate correctly and avoid any unnecessary damage. Often pulled in to support tasks that need to be reliably repeatable, industrial robotics are an excellent option to support safer work in unique environments. When looking at any robotics application, it’s crucial to consider the conditions under which the task is happening. Whether it’s palletizing, welding, paint, or part handling, the working environment – temperature, exposure, application, and materials – plays a key role in the way automation equipment is selected, outfitted, and designed. Let’s take a look at some of the most common challenging environments and what can be done if the environment is too harsh for most standard industrial robots.

Lean Warehousing: The 5S Method

April 13, 2022
Developing a Lean culture in your organization is a multi-step process and, in this article, we will discuss one step in particular: establishing a 5S program.

Caja Robotics: Delivering Flexibility through ‘Plug n’ Play’ Robotic Warehouse Automation

April 06, 2022
In 2022, Bastian Solutions announced a working relationship with Caja Robotics to integrate robotic systems in the U.S., with a plan to leverage each other’s capabilities in the material handling space to serve a range of projects and customer sites. We talked to Ilan Cohen, the CEO and Board Chairman at Caja Robotics, for a deeper insight on the technology and future of DC automation development. Ilan is an external founder with a Ph.D. in AI (artificial intelligence) and an extensive career in automation and robotics.

Automation is Becoming the New Normal in India Warehousing

March 29, 2022
The warehousing industry has grown in the last few years by becoming more intentionally planned, multifaceted and accessible. It’s a push towards automation. This will progress further in the upcoming years, especially as companies look to meet customer’s fast fulfilment expectations and challenges like labour and real estate availability continue. The last few decades have shed a light on how products get to consumers, bringing increased attention to warehousing and distribution which has evolved the focus bringing substantial study and investment.

Goods to Person: What Works Best, Where and When? [Infographic]

March 23, 2022
The question for today’s modern warehouses is no longer when should we automate, but how and where do we automate for the best impact? To help sort through these cutting-edge offerings, we’ve created a quick visual guide to understanding the basics of goods to person systems, including the different types, their benefits and important factors to consider. View the full-size infographic.

Achieving Success with Goods to Person Starts with Software

March 17, 2022
With all this innovation and growth in the goods to person warehouse automation sector, it’s vital to factor the impact on the whole system’s integration, tied together through software and controls. To compensate, WES systems are getting larger and more complex in order to integrate with new technologies provided by other vendors coming to market. To truly optimize a goods to person system, customers should consider each GTP technology’s merits, but also the software that will manage its operations.

More than Flexible, Creating Warehouse Extensibility: Goods to Person and Robotic AI

March 09, 2022
Any automation solution is an investment. Integration of goods to person (GTP) is no different, and with technological advancements, GTP has always been known as a flexible solution that accommodates various products and operations. Demonstrating extensibility, however, reaches beyond minor adjustments or accommodations. Extensibility is the measure of the scalability and integrability of a product or system, providing for a truly future-proof solution that works well with new technologies and functions. Adapting to a changing economic and uncertain labor markets, as well as advancements in robotics and software, goods to person continues to prove to be a robust foundation for distribution center operations that can grow and adapt.

Latin America’s Largest AutoStore Brings Innovation for Dafiti Group Retail Ecommerce

March 02, 2022
Featuring capacity for goods to person system storage of 3.6 million products, Dafiti Group’s newest warehouse, called LEAP, houses one of the most advanced automation systems in the world providing fast delivery across Latin America. As part of the Global Fashion Group, Dafiti leads fashion and lifestyle ecommerce retail sales in Latin America and needed a facility and supporting technology to match their spirit for innovation and top-level customer satisfaction. This fast-moving system was expertly integrated with Dafiti’s current and future ecommerce growth in mind, offering a reliably convenient shopping experience for years to come. “[LEAP’s] scale and sophistication speak to the transformational growth of the fashion ecommerce industry and will help to propel our next ten years of growth in the region,” says Christoph Barchewitz, Co-CEO of the Global Fashion Group.

Maior AutoStore da América Latina traz inovação para o comércio eletrônico de varejo do Dafiti Group

March 02, 2022
Com capacidade de armazenamento de 3,6 milhões de produtos, o mais novo armazém do Grupo Dafiti, chamado LEAP, abriga um dos sistemas de automação mais avançados do mundo, proporcionando entrega rápida em toda a América Latina. Como parte do Global Fashion Group, a Dafiti lidera as vendas de varejo de comércio eletrônico de moda e estilo de vida na América Latina e precisava de instalações e tecnologia de suporte para corresponder ao seu espírito de inovação e satisfação de alto nível do cliente.

El sistema AutoStore más grande de Latinoamérica aporta innovación al comercio electrónico minorista

March 02, 2022
Con una capacidad del sistema de almacenamiento de 3,6 millones de “productos a persona”, el nuevo depósito de Dafiti Group, denominado LEAP, aloja uno de los sistemas de automatización más avanzados del mundo y ofrece servicio de entrega rápida en toda Latinoamérica. Como parte del Global Fashion Group, Dafiti lidera las ventas minoristas de moda y comercio electrónico en Latinoamérica y necesitaba unas instalaciones y tecnología de soporte al nivel de su espíritu innovador y de máxima satisfacción al cliente. Ese dinámico sistema se integró con pericia pensando en el crecimiento actual y futuro del comercio electrónico, para ofrecer una experiencia de compra confiable y práctica en los años venideros.

Projetando uma solução de triagem: 3 chaves a considerar

February 24, 2022
O Diretor de Fulfillment atribui a você um projeto para especificar um novo sistema de triagem e transportador capaz de "dobrar" as capacidades atuais. Por onde começar? Primeiro, comece entendendo e desafiando a verdadeira triagem e os requisitos do sistema. Os sistemas de transporte e triagem são soluções projetadas. Como a maioria dos problemas de engenharia, a solução geralmente é tão boa quanto suas entradas.

Conveyor Systems: The Easiest Automation for Speedy Workflows

February 22, 2022
For decades, conveyor systems have been crucial for warehousing and logistics operations. Conveyor systems are used in all fundamental warehouse processes to transport raw materials out of storage to the production line, move products into other storage devices, and move final product into packaging lines, or transport packaged products to shipping. It is the most basic automation for anyone in the facility to transfer materials between long distances on varying elevations.

The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Applied to Warehouse Operations

February 16, 2022
Using lean manufacturing principles to increase efficiency and productivity in warehouse operations by eliminating wasteful, non-value-added components. Read: The 8 Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Applied to Warehouse Operations

RH Brown: Industry-Leading Material Handling Solutions in the Pacific Northwest

February 09, 2022
In 2021, Bastian Solutions announced that RH Brown Co., a fourth-generation family-owned material handling solution provider, became the newest Toyota member company. We talked to RH Brown Co. President Scott Larsen, who launched system integration and automation offerings after taking the helm as the fourth-generation leader. “With the evolution of the company, our primary focus on our customers hasn’t changed. Our primary focus today is working closely with our customers to identify specific project objectives that are most impactful to the success of their business,” says Scott Larsen.

The Value of WES Software in a Modern Warehouse

February 02, 2022
In these cases, either the host ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system or the WMS (Warehouse Management System) controls inventory and is the brain of the entire warehouse. The WES (Warehouse Execution System), on the other hand, is responsible for controlling the various islands of automation to complete tasks given by the host or WMS system. This might all seem a bit complicated at first. After all, if the WMS is like a brain, why can’t it just control everything in the warehouse on its own? Are multiple systems really better and more cost-effective than one? As I will explain below, a WES can greatly improve operations where automation is involved in many ways.

3 Key Factors in Goods to Person Throughput Design

January 26, 2022
From a mechanical standpoint, a goods-to-person system certainly can attain the tote delivery rate advertised on a vendor’s website.  However, these advertised rates do not consider the primary determinant for the throughput rate that is actually realized at a goods-to-person work station – the pick cycle time.  Read: Key Factors in Goods-to-Person Throughput Design

Software and Automation for Third Party Logistics

January 19, 2022
The need for third-party logistics companies (3PLs) has grown significantly over the past few years. In fact, Third-Party Logistics Warehouse Benchmark Report noted that 85% of 3PLs experienced order growth in 2021. With the increased demand for ecommerce fulfillment and varied distribution channels, more and more companies do not wish to manage the varied distribution expectations. Realizing these challenges, many of those companies are now looking to experienced 3PLs to provide the logistics.

Solving India's Complex Supply Chain Integration Challenges

January 11, 2022
This decade has seen the most dramatic shifts in technologies, especially in the adoption of digital transformation. Every department in the organization has developed its unique way of digitization to connect with its buyers. With this, the nature of supply chain challenges faces a new level; the distribution centres across India have a boost in SKUs, which requires handling throughputs with minimal error. On the other hand, customers are much aware of the processes and seek real-time tracking, which organizations often fail to understand. Let’s take a look at the challenges and potential solutions.

Top 5 Benefits of Pick to Light Explained

January 05, 2022
Pick to light has become a staple of warehouse distribution and order picking. Here are the top 5 benefits. What if there was an easier, automated way to locate these items? Say, when you want to find an item a beacon of light illuminates to direct you to the appropriate aisle, and then another beacon of light illuminates to get you to the correct shelf, and eventually the exact location on the shelf.

Warehouse Safety Clothing: Top Comfortable, Durable Options to Wear Onsite

December 29, 2021
No matter what industry you are in, kicking off a new year is a popular time for work resolutions and reflection. The benefits of reviewing warehouse processes and safety guidelines, in everything from lockout/tagout procedures to safety clothing, cannot be overlooked. What better way to start the new year? When working at a warehouse, distribution or manufacturing facility, personnel must balance different priorities and considerations such as safety, professionalism, and utility. To meet those considerations, onsite personnel must find clothing that helps them perform their job functions rather than be cumbersome and interfere with tasks. With numerous gear options to choose from, I talked to our team about their preferred onsite clothing choices. Below are some of their top recommendations.

6 Ways to Maximize Your Warehouse Software Support Plan

December 22, 2021
Who Needs Support? Everyone. Simply put, any warehouse software system with automation should require a support plan with immediate access to technicians to troubleshoot critical issues. Downtime for fulfillment operations quickly adds up to lost revenue and the ability to restore operations is critical, especially for systems that rely on heavy automation. Without dedicated support, operations will be at the mercy of their software partners existing backlog. Priority is given to the customers with current support contracts. This can lead to long response times, and an inability for partners to commit to resolution dates for those without contracts in place. If critical issues do pop up that can be expedited, they typically come at a very high hourly rate for the effort. Don’t get caught in a tough situation. Here are six details worth knowing about warehouse software support plans.

A Few Points to Remember When Palletizing Bags

December 16, 2021
Putting a bag on a pallet and conveying it is a simple enough concept; however, the variations in product must always be kept in mind if you want to prevent product damage and misaligned pallets. Here are five points to remember when using bag palletizing systems... Read More >>

4 etapas para avaliar e decidir sobre a Automação DC

December 14, 2021
Se seu centro de distribuição cresceu em ambos os SKU e o volume de pedidos e seu pedido típico mudou de varejo para vendas de comércio eletrônico, resultando em solicitações maiores de pedidos pequenos, é possível que sua produtividade de separação não seja adequada. Você também pode estar com dificuldades de encontrar mão de obra para enviar pedidos rapidamente e cumprir os acordos de nível de serviço. Esses são apenas alguns desafios que grandes e pequenas empresas de todo o mundo estão enfrentando enquanto se adaptam às mudanças de mercado e mudam as operações de atendimento para cumprir as últimas demandas do comércio eletrônico.

4 pasos para la evaluación y la decisión de la automatización del centro de distribución

December 14, 2021
Si en su centro de distribución ha crecido el número de SKU y el volumen de pedidos, o si el pedido típico ha pasado de las ventas de retail a las de comercio electrónico, aumentando las peticiones de pedidos más pequeños, es posible que su productividad de picking no sea la correcta. Además, es posible que tenga dificultades en la contratación de mano de obra para despachar pedidos con rapidez y cumplir sus acuerdos de nivel de servicio. Estas son solo algunas de las dificultades a las que se enfrentan empresas grandes y pequeñas de todo el mundo al adaptarse a los cambios del mercado y pasar de las operaciones de servicio de pedidos a las últimas demandas del comercio electrónico.

Continuing to Lay the Foundation for Female Engineer Success

December 06, 2021
December 6th marks a significant day of remembrance for Canadians. On this day we reflect and express gratitude to the women who came before us and paved the way for women in engineering and other STEM careers. No sense of gratitude would be complete without acknowledging the obligation that we feel to future generations. It is because of the women before us and their perseverance that we are here today, doing what we love. Today, women make up about 22 percent of engineering undergraduates, according to Engineers Canada. Of licensed engineers in the country, women account for 13 percent. Since 2005, applications to Canada’s engineering schools have tripled, according to Ontario Network of Women in Engineering (ONWIE), showing that continued growth is encouraged by the development of an environment that promotes and supports diversity and inclusion.
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Designing an Optimal Pallet Monorail System

December 01, 2021
When it comes to pallet transport, pallet monorail systems offer a solution that can be significantly less expensive than an equivalent roller conveyor system. Accommodating various applications and adjustable for performance levels, once you’ve determined that a pallet monorail system is the right transportation solution for your application, the next step is putting together an initial concept design.

Black Friday, Cyber Monday: Last Minute Prep for Peak Season Operations

November 24, 2021
The holiday season is in full swing and shoppers have already started browsing and buying. Despite current supply chain complexities, the National Retail Federation reports, “Consumers are spending just as much this year on gifts and other items to celebrate the spirit of the holidays.” Holiday sales are expected to reach between $843.4 billion and $859 billion in November and December, that’s an 8.5 and 10.5 percentage growth from last year. That does not include automobile, gas station or restaurant data. Consumer demand remains strong when it comes to retail ecommerce. For warehouse and distribution center operations that means putting processes to the test. No matter how much automation is currently installed, handling seasonal peaks requires a smooth process that allows for operations to thrive – accurate orders, reliable fulfillment and scalable operations – during this hectic, bustling time. As we gear up for 2022, experts at Adobe predict we will be facing the first ever trillion dollar year in ecommerce sales – it’s never too soon to prepare for an uptick in sales year-round.

Peak Season: When Customer Focus Matters Most for Supply Chain

November 22, 2021
It’s no surprise that peak season is no longer just Black Friday. The ecommerce and retail markets have changed to show increased demand throughout the year. That increase means added focus on supply chain quality and efficiencies. Material handling automation and software solutions can help offer answers across industries to tasks like picking and packing, manufacturing, on-site storage, product movement, and so much more. As markets change and adjust, even during this traditional holiday peak season companies are striving to win over current and potential customers. Customer trust is key and maintaining that makes a big difference on customer success. This starts with building an internal culture that is customer focused, building lasting partnerships through teamwork, collaboration and trust.

Getting Started with Custom Warehouse Automation Solutions Development

November 18, 2021
Sometimes situations require one-of-a-kind solutions. Performing tasks in a cold storage environment and need to add reliable automated machinery? Conveying non-standard dimension cartons or unwieldly products? Supporting a propriety set of processes or working to achieve a specific business objective that standard equipment can’t attain? Quite frankly, there are numerous ways to solve manufacturing, material handling or distribution center complexities. You can explore different machine configurations, employ different technologies from various brands, as well as special, custom modifications to either the system design or minute machine details. Unique challenges invite opportunities for custom automation solutions – custom design and engineering. So, how does the process work? We meet you at your current state and lead you through our development process based on your custom needs.

Repensando a automação de empacotamento DC para atendimento eletrônico

November 16, 2021
A seleção, o empacotamento e o envio é bastante simples. Mas com pressões cada vez maiores para processar pedidos de forma mais rápida, essas tarefas podem dar à sua empresa uma vantagem competitiva. Quando analiso para o centro de distribuição do cliente, há certos indicadores que procuro para encontrar oportunidades de melhoria. Para uma empresa que processa pedidos de comércio eletrônico, os tanques de coleta estão no topo dessa lista. Embora algumas vezes eles sejam necessários, costumam ser uma bandeira vermelha para ineficiências operacionais subjacentes. No entanto, essas ineficiências são facilmente solucionadas por meio de uma combinação de atualizações do fluxo do processo e nova automação. Esses projetos geralmente têm um ROI incrível, pagando o investimento inicial em um a dois anos. Além disso, são escolhas fáceis para o cliente implementar.

PUMA’s DC Automation Thrives Amid Pandemic Retail Peak Season Shifts

November 10, 2021
Designed for agility and growth, PUMA’s new Indianapolis distribution center was immediately put to the test facing unprecedented ecommerce demand in addition to new, unexpected safety measures. Opened in June 2020, the facility became “a beacon of hope” for PUMA’s North America ecommerce retail distribution. Bastian Solutions worked closely with PUMA, AutoStore and NFI/Cal Cartage to design, integrate and install an on-time, on-budget automation system that not only helped PUMA meet the accelerated demand but will also provide them room, as planned, to continue to grow their business. “I think more than just the tangible product, of it being on time and on budget what it really gave the company, in terms of this aspirational push forward of the future, it really was like a beacon of hope in a lot of ways,” said Bob Philion, President of PUMA North America.

When is it Time to Introduce Automated Vehicles to Your Distribution Center?

November 01, 2021
Bastian Solutions and Toyota Assist with Automation in Warehouses It’s no secret that ecommerce has changed the way people shop as well as how quickly customers expect to receive their orders. This expectation of fast delivery puts pressure on distribution centers to operate faster and more efficiently than ever before. So, how do you make sure your business can compete in today’s ever-changing, high-demand environment? The solution is automated guided vehicles (AGVs). While traditional forklifts such as order pickers, reach trucks and stackers are extremely useful for managing inventory and transporting heavy products, it is beneficial to have automated systems in place to take some of the complex work out of fulfillment. How do you determine when it’s time to integrate an automated vehicle solution in your DC (distribution centers)? Discover how these automated systems can help you navigate your warehouse confidently and take your operation to new heights.

Employee Safety: 5 Key PPE to Prevent Common Warehouse Injuries

October 28, 2021
Safety first. That can’t be stressed enough. Over the last five years, fatal workplace injuries are on the rise and non-fatal injuries has slowly decreased. The most recent November 2020 report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed that throughout 2019 there were 5,333 fatal work injuries, a 2 percent increase from year prior. Non-fatal injuries, however, remain mostly unchanged but are in a downward trend compared to the last few years. They stand at 2.8 non-fatal injuries per 100 full-time workers. Employee safety and protection has been a primary concern with the COVID-19 pandemic but the leading causes for non-fatal and fatal injuries are still crucial to keep in mind – falls, slips, trips, contact with objects and equipment, exposure to harmful substances, fires and explosions, and transportation accidents.

Strengthening Supply Chain Operations During India's Peak Festive Season

October 26, 2021
India is welcoming the festive season and ready to celebrate with great enthusiasm while adapting to the new normal brought on by the pandemic. Festive months are generally a time to indulge in heavy shopping, which increases our budget spent in light of the ongoing festive vibe and running promotional sales offers. Festive season 2021 is expected to bring numerous opportunities for retailers and ecommerce companies. Festive sale offers have already begun and with buyers becoming more comfortable with online shopping, Forrester Research expects online retailers to generate about $9.2 billion in sales during this period. That’s a 42 percent year over year increase from their evaluation of $6.5 billion in festival months sales during 2020. We are excited to witness this exponential jump in India’s ecommerce market. As per the estimates by RedSeer Consulting, ecommerce platforms such as Flipkart and Amazon India got $2.7 billion in the first four days of festive sales that began on 2 October 2021. The excitement with festive promotional sales offers will create massive online traffic, impact product sales and company turnover, and put enormous pressure on companies’ supply chain processes. Companies might equate the ecommerce platform as the “brain” and the supply chain as its “heart”. Both must perform in tandem to fully meet and satisfy customer expectations. Festive months are a crucial period when companies can make a lasting, positive impact on consumers.

More than a 3D Model: Emulation “Digital Twin” Warehouse Visualization

October 20, 2021
In the world of automated and material handling systems integration time is money and using time efficiently is the key to success. We are continually tasked with achieving more results in less time, whether that be in reduced engineering design time in the office, condensed panel build and installation schedules or accelerated commissioning and testing on site. It sure would be nice if there was a single tool that could address all these asks and more, wouldn’t it? There is. Enter the concept of the “digital twin” - warehouse automation controls emulation.

Adaptaciones y reconfiguración: lo que debe saber antes de modernizar su sistema de automatización

October 14, 2021
Si ha formado parte de una empresa que haya acometido planes de adaptación o transición, conocerá los retos que se afrontan al desarrollar un proyecto con las operaciones en marcha. En Bastian Solutions vemos cada año muchos proyectos con operaciones en marcha, como los de mejora o modernización de las operaciones existentes. Esos proyectos son mucho más complicados que los que se ejecutan en instalaciones flamantes o existentes que aún no se encuentran operativas. Cuando se emprenden proyectos de adaptación en operaciones existentes, los directivos de la empresa deben esforzarse para mantener las operaciones cotidianas en marcha con poca o ninguna interrupción para no debilitar el servicio al cliente. Las reconfiguraciones, cuando un nuevo sistema se instala online en una operación directa, también debe manejarse con cuidado para reducir los tiempos de inactividad y las interrupciones en general.

Tompkins Robotics: Automating Hyperlocal and DC Sortation from End to End

October 13, 2021
In today’s global market – facing an acceleration in ecommerce and managing the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic – flexibility is not only key, but a necessity. The flexibility to scale up or down and use automation where it fits best in order to help to maintain a leading edge in the industry markets. Facilitating greater speed, agility and adaptability in warehouse distribution and order fulfillment, Tompkins Robotics’ solutions are designed to allow customers to be more successful in dynamically changing environments. In 2019, Bastian Solutions added Tompkins Robotics’ autonomous mobile robot (AMRs) solution to our growing portfolio of automation capabilities. We talked to Mike Futch, the CEO and President of Tompkins Robotics, for a deeper insight on the technology and future of DC automation development.

Manufacturing Automation: 3 Key Technologies for Improved Safety and ROI

October 06, 2021
Manufacturing is without doubt one of the largest economic sectors, contributing 11% of total GDP in the U.S. Like several markets, manufacturers felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and are trying to reach pre-pandemic levels. Manufacturing processes are being forced to be reviewed for more efficient and leaner operations, to accommodate employment challenges and improve labor safety, all while keeping operating costs low and return on investment high. Compact and scalable automation options are trending across consumer-facing markets like grocery and retail but when it comes to manufacturing, leading advanced technologies are also proving to be foundational for future growth.

PUMA’s Automation Evolution: Retail eFulfillment with Advanced Warehouse Systems

September 29, 2021
“Quite frankly, we were gonna burst.” Sports company PUMA was not only quickly outgrowing their primary U.S. ecommerce distribution center in California, they were also facing increasing pressures in the rapidly evolving and growing North America ecommerce retail market. And, this was prior to the rapid ecommerce growth triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking to reach their east coast customers faster and more efficiently, a new automated warehouse was planned and opened in 2020 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

You Need it When?! The Challenges of Same-Day Delivery

September 22, 2021
Same-day fulfillment and delivery is a growing trend and one that is being explored by big name retailers for an additional competitive edge. With continuing growth in ecommerce sales and mobile device usage, companies will need to master the art of fulfillment in minutes to meet same-day delivery requests. So, how do retailers adjust operations for a better ROI and how do they balance current labor market challenges? Whether you have an omnichannel or direct to consumer, local fulfillment operation, below are some key points when considering a same-day delivery strategy.

Richelieu uniformise l’exécution des commandes pour améliorer l’expérience client

September 16, 2021
Richelieu souhaite améliorer la satisfaction des 90 000 clients et plus qu’ils servent au Canada et aux États-Unis en exécutant les commandes de façon plus rapide et fiable. À titre d’importateur, de distributeur et de fabricant de matériel spécialisé de calibre mondial, Richelieu gère plus de 130 000 UGS. En plus d’une approche qui vise à uniformiser et à accélérer l’exécution des commandes, Richelieu a été en mesure de consolider le stockage externe en tirant profit de ses installations à Montréal. Elle s’est tournée vers Bastian Solutions pour obtenir des conseils et pour mettre en place la bonne combinaison de technologie d’automatisation pour augmenter la durée de vie de l’installation de Richelieu et mettre en place un système qui l’aide à maintenir de façon constante un service à la clientèle de grande qualité.

Finding the Right Automation for Grocery Ecommerce: 3 Proven Technologies

September 15, 2021
By now, we all know the headache that is the world of grocery ecommerce. Between a global pandemic, supply chain issues, product shortages and changing consumer demands, many grocers are scrambling to make the best decision for their customers and their bottom line. The industry transitioning from “how a grocer is going to automate the instore fulfillment process?” to “how are they going to optimize the whole process, including last mile delivery?” Brick Meets Click data showed that online grocery sales for pickup or delivery were $6.6 billion in April of this year. That’s down from the $7.1 billion in grocery e-commerce sales in March of this year, but up from $5.3 billion in April 2020. Reducing the labor spend for filling orders in the store is the first step; what follows is a strategy that can help reduce the overall cost of getting orders into the hands of customers, regardless of the hand-off location. Being a high-volume and low-margin industry, grocers need microfulfillment automation and technologies that are proven, scalable, dense, fast AND have a quick, high return on investment, like these:

Is a Pallet Monorail System the Right Transport Solution?

September 08, 2021
Goods to person and goods to robot solutions are trending topics when it comes to distribution fulfillment but what about heavier and larger pallet transport? Pallet monorail systems are one of the fastest and most efficient ways to transport pallet loads throughout a facility. This technology goes by many different names including “Electrified Floor Track System (EFTS)”, “Electrified Monorail System (EMS)”, or sometimes just “Monorail.” In the most general sense, a monorail system is comprised of two key elements: - Track - provides guidance and power - Trolleys - physically move the pallets along the track system; self-propelled The scalability makes them a great investment, less than a roller conveyor system, and an option worth considering. Below we take a look at standard ways this solution can optimize your operations.

Designing a Sortation Solution: 3 Keys to Consider

September 01, 2021
The Director of Fulfillment assigns you a project to specify a new sorter and conveyor system that’s capable of ‘doubling’ current capacities. Where do you start? First, start by understanding and challenging the true sortation and system requirements. Conveyor and sortation systems are engineered solutions. Like most engineering problems, the solution is typically only as good as its inputs. Accurate data upfront ensures the solution is tailored to your individual business requirements and product specifications.

Cold Food Storage: Leveraging 5 Key Automation Technologies

August 25, 2021
Real estate is a hot item right now. Coupled with changing consumer grocery and ecommerce buying habits and frozen goods growth, cold storage is in demand. Whether a metropolitan location, to satisfy microfulfillment and hyperlocal needs, or as a regional distribution center, commercial real estate availability has dropped according to Real Capital Analytics. Cold storage industry growth, however, is projected at 4.5% by 2023. This means storage providers are faced with the challenge of optimizing facilities while handling increased inventory volumes and speed. How can cold chain supply professionals effectively prepare for this expected growth? By eliminating inefficiencies and leveraging the right material handling automation.

Automated Empty Case Delivery via Robots and Overhead Monorail

August 18, 2021
In many distribution centers, timely order fulfillment relies on operators having access to empty boxes so that they can quickly complete their picks. This is often completed by building a box and then delivering it to the operator within the pick module. The question is – “What is the best way to get the box from the box erector to the operator?”

The Challenges of Grocery Ecommerce

August 11, 2021
There’s no question that online grocery ordering is here to stay. Access to fresh produce, milk, eggs, toilet paper and many more grocery items isn’t changing. However, the process by which those products get delivered to the consumer from distribution centers – that is being re-envisioned to meet changing consumer demands. And, with that come new challenges, technologies and strategies. Let’s first look back at history.

Richelieu Streamlines Order Fulfillment for Improved Customer Experience

August 05, 2021
Serving more than 80,000 customers in both Canada and the United States, Richelieu aimed to increase customer satisfaction with faster, reliable order fulfillment. As an international importer, distributor and manufacturer of specialty hardware, Richelieu manages over 110,000 SKUs. In addition to a faster and more streamlined order fulfillment approach, Richelieu was able to consolidate external storage by leveraging their Montreal facility. They looked to Bastian Solutions to advise and implement the right combination of automation technology to add to Richelieu’s facility longevity and implement a system that helps them reliably maintain strong customer service.

Adaptación de las estrategias de fabricación para el procesamiento de pedidos directos al consumidor

August 03, 2021
Internet, desde su adopción en la década de 1990, es un lugar extraordinario que continuamente abre nuevas puertas y genera nuevas oportunidades. Los modelos de negocio siguen adaptándose a nuestra nueva realidad conectada. Los consumidores ascienden cada vez más en la cadena de suministro. Los minoristas fueron los primeros en percibir esta tendencia, ya que a los clientes les encanta eliminar las tiendas físicas de su actividad diaria y comprar directamente al almacén a través del mostrador digital. Esto ha conducido al desarrollo y el dominio de los modelos de distribución omnicanal, que ofrecen diversas mercancías y marcas a través de una sola empresa. Deben competir con minoristas exclusivamente online como Amazon. Esto ha significado un cambio trascendental para el centro de distribución.
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5 Considerations for Retail E-Fulfillment Polybag Packing Automation

July 28, 2021
Bag or box? They aren’t the only packing options, but they are certainly the most prevalent when it comes to retail fulfillment. With ecommerce activity on the rise, planning for and designing DC efficiency around single order pick and pack operations is a necessary shift to remaining competitive in the retail industry. Not only does this factor into meeting consumers’ quick turnaround expectations but also in keeping costs low. When it comes to packing and shipping, you can make efficiencies in larger factors such as operations and system design but also in smaller details like the size of the parcel. Shipping fast and cost efficiently is a balancing act that starts in warehouse or distribution center design. Whether you are working with polybags, boxes or both, appropriate automation sizing and integration with surrounding equipment has immediate and lasting impacts.

Leveraging 3 Common Put Wall Drawbacks for Improved Order Fulfillment

July 21, 2021
Put walls aren’t new but their many operational benefits continue to stand out and help drive distribution center efficiencies, despite some common drawbacks. For companies with high order commonality and batch picking, put walls can easily have a dramatic impact to picking labor. Put walls are simply shelving units with several cubbies of the same or varying sizes, dependent on the orders being processed. Modern units have light indicators at the front and back of the wall to help direct operators to pick and put items.

Kaizen Supply Chain: 8 Focus Areas for Achieving and Maintaining High Quality

July 14, 2021
Kaizen is a term that we’ve all likely heard at some time or another. Its use in various companies around the world has only grown, especially as they look to improve and refine materials handling and order fulfillment practices.

3 Common Processes You Can Automate with AGVs

July 07, 2021
“Automate it.” Every industrial engineer is familiar with this phrase, whether it comes from executives or industry demand. Today’s businesses are always looking to make their processes more efficient and flexible, and automation can be one of the best tools to achieve these goals in light of business growth and market changes. Reaping the most benefit from a modernized system isn’t easy and requires careful planning. Achieving operational goals of increased productivity and decreased waste within your budget, are a significant challenge. No two automated material handling solutions are ever the same. Each company and industry sector may require different solutions based on their specific objectives, parameters and constraints.

4 Ways Warehouse Industrial Robots Can Maximize Your ROI

June 30, 2021
In order to maximize your return on investment (ROI) for a robotic system, it is vital that you optimize the tasks that the robot is assigned. If the rate at which the robot handles product does not completely utilize the robot’s capabilities, you just might be leaving opportunities on the table. Analyzing the tasks, rates and capabilities can help not only maximize the robotic system but also help reduce the need for ancillary equipment and additional investments, creating a more streamline operation.

International Women in Engineering Day: Engineering Heroes

International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated all across the globe on June 23. This year’s theme, set by The Women’s Engineering Society is Engineering Heroes – celebrating “the best, brightest and bravest women in engineering, who recognize a problem, then dare to be part of the solution; who undertake everyday ‘heroics’ as much as emergency ones.” Here at Bastian Solutions, from project engineering to account management, human resources, controls and consulting, among a number of other roles, we’ve witnessed women in various positions in the last year – a pandemic – come together in a time of crisis to provide guidance and resources. They’ve pulled together to keep us safe and others have helped plan, develop and execute intricate automated solutions for customers. On several different fronts, they’ve fostered innovation and ingenuity to successfully undertake the challenges.
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Rethinking DC Packing Automation for E-fulfillment

June 16, 2021
Pick, pack and ship is fairly straightforward but with increasing pressures to process orders faster and faster, these tasks can give your company a competitive edge. When I’m looking at a customer’s distribution center, there are certain indicators I look for to try to find improvement opportunities. For a company that processes ecommerce orders, pick totes are at the top of that list. While they’re sometimes necessary, they’re often a red flag for underlying operational inefficiencies. However, these inefficiencies are easily remedied through a combination of process flow updates and new automation. These projects often have a fantastic ROI, paying back the initial investment in one to two years. To top it off, they’re easy choices for our customers to implement.

Accurately Visualize Robotic Systems with Computer Simulations

June 09, 2021
As industrial robotic technology has improved over the years, so has related simulation software. So much so, that a majority of the upfront programming for a robotic system is typically now completed in simulation software first before being implemented in a physical robot. The sophisticated software programs used for robotic simulations replicate real world robotic conditions within a 3D virtual environment. These tools allow for detailed customization providing a reliably clear view of how a robot will operate before its built and integrated. This gives customers peace of mind of how their investment will support their operations.

4 Types of DC Automation Maintenance for Less Operation Downtime

June 02, 2021
If you look up the word maintenance on the internet, you will find a lot of different variations in definition – from how often to service equipment to what degree of maintenance – and terminology. The bottom line is that the need of a maintenance plan cannot be ignored. The most common types of maintenance in the material handling industry can be put into four distinct categories. These maintenance activities include Reactive, Preventive, Predictive or Reliability Centered Maintenance practices. No matter if you have just a small conveyor system or a multimillion dollar fully automated distribution center you will have to perform maintenance activities to keep the equipment running. For each method, there are pros and cons.

4 Steps for Evaluating and Deciding on DC Automation

May 26, 2021
If your distribution center has grown in both SKUs and order volume or your typical order has shifted from retail to more ecommerce sales resulting in larger requests for smaller orders; it’s possible your picking productivity isn’t where it should be. You might also be struggling to find the labor to push orders out the door quickly and meet your service level agreements. These are just some of challenges that companies, both large and small, around the globe are facing as they adapt to market changes and shift fulfillment operations to cater to the latest ecommerce demands.

AutoStore: Designing Future-Proof Automation Technology

May 19, 2021
Scalability and flexibility are no doubt the focus of today and the future in distribution and production. Utilizing bins, bots and ports, the AutoStore goods to person technology brings a grid-based approach that allows customers to shrink their storage space exponentially while increasing their capacity for smarter, faster operations. Working together since 2013, last year Bastian Solutions expanded its portfolio of global partners with AutoStore to further support customers wherever they may be, providing them increased capacity, flexibility and accuracy.

Fostering Innovation in Supply Chain & Logistics

One of the biggest benefits and challenges of being a supply chain and material handling independent integrator is that we work with a variety of industries and clients, from the latest technology in aerospace to streamlining manufacturing and leveraging new trends in ecommerce. Today, companies around the world are shifting their operations to meet the needs of market challenges – acceleration of ecommerce, microfulfillment adaptation. But, with that too comes a need for maintained quality and reliability. That’s a tough, yet necessary balance to strike. How do you achieve it? It’s pretty well understood that innovation isn’t something that you can just make happen. New ideas take time and nurturing.
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Making the Most of Automation for Food and Beverage Manufacturing

May 05, 2021
No two automation projects are the same. What makes a project unique? The size of the project, complexity of the operation, deployed technologies, or new installation at greenfield facility versus a modernization or expansion of an existing, brownfield site. Adding automation technology for food and beverage manufacturers, however, adds a different challenge and a different set of variables that are important to consider as you plan, implement, and leverage the new tools. At Bastian Solutions, one of our core values is to “keep growing,” and we do this by implementing Kaizen principles. One detail that is constant in all of these projects is learning how to do it better and keeping that in mind for new projects. Adding advanced technologies to a distribution or manufacturing operation can certainly create efficiencies. With food and beverage, I’ve found that there are four key focus areas that can help manufacturers truly make the most of automating their processes.

Scallog: Creating a Resilient Solution for the Future of Warehouse Logistics

April 28, 2021
Dynamic and easily scalable, goods to person technologies have risen to the forefront of order fulfillment conversation amid rapid ecommerce growth. Answering the challenge of automation for various industry applications and operation sizes, Scallog’s order fulfillment system adds a mobile robotic solution to the mix. Announced late last year, Bastian Solutions, an independent integrator, has added Scallog’s technology to our growing portfolio of automation capabilities. We talked to Olivier Rochet, founder and president of Scallog, for a deeper insight on the technology and future of DC automation development. This French robotic automation system manufacturer, already installed in six countries, offers a goods to person technology based on robots that move shelves around the warehouse.

Even Turnkey Automation Solutions Require Effective Training

April 21, 2021
You’re planning on implementing a new turnkey system for your business. Just like the name implies, implementation should be as easy as turning a key, right? Not quite. When it comes time to deploy a new system, there are always challenges in making it work. New systems have to operate within well-established organizational contexts and employees have to adapt to use new tools and procedures. Any new skill needs to be learned. It's no different when you’ve invested in a system to improve your business. Even with a "turnkey" system, training is an essential component of a successful change management process.

Employee Development: Path to a Lean Supply Chain

April 14, 2021
As a fundamental element, supply chain and logistics requires delivering a quality product to the consumer. The details behind quality product and on time delivery are complex and filled with complexities such as distribution center locations, advanced automation technologies, product specifications, throughput goals, and software support. And, while selecting the right automation equipment is important for a company’s competitive advantage, sustainable growth is most centered around the people. Lean supply chain management and the operational success is a product of the strength of your human resources. How do you create and foster sustainable human resource growth? While COVID-19 has forced companies to shift priorities and adjust manufacturing processes to deal with changing consumer demand and new safety precautions, the fundamentals continue to hold true for employee development: clarify goals and direction, identify the challenges, promote learning, and put that learning into practice.

Top 3 Myths about Industrial Robotic Integration

April 07, 2021
In today’s environment, technology and automation are growing and advancing at a drastic speed. Recent investments by venture capital and private equity firms are further evidence of that rapid growth. Whether industries are looking to increase the amount of throughput in their facility, reduce or eliminate any ergonomic risks, or increase overall efficiency of the operation, the right combination of technology and automation in an industrial robot can provide the solution. So why are some individuals still hesitant about implementing industrial robots? Common misconceptions in our industry could be playing a part in that. The top three most common myths touch on ROI, applications, and complexity.

Adapting Manufacturing Strategies for Direct to Consumer Fulfillment

March 31, 2021
The internet, since its adoption in the 1990s, is an amazing place that consistently opens new doors and creates new opportunities. Business models continue to adapt to our new connected reality. Increasingly, consumers are working their way up the supply chain. Retailers first felt this push as customers are happy to cut brick and mortar stores out of their daily routine and make purchases directly from the warehouse through digital storefronts. This has led to the development and dominance of omnichannel distribution models, delivering a variety of goods and brands under one company. They are required to compete with online-only retailers like Amazon. This was a dramatic shift for the distribution center.

Modernizing DC Operations: Automation Requires Management

March 24, 2021
More companies are starting to prioritize automation while those that had already put a lot of focus on automation are not looking to slow down. In fact, there is greater emphasis on it. Companies are realizing the competitive advantages that automation provides and are starting to challenge why adding a goods to person or ASRS system may or may not work in their business. The increased focus on automation, does not remove or decrease the need for strong operational management, if anything, it still requires communication and organization from leadership to succeed. Automation helps efficiency but a facility must rely on good processes and timely communication of information to manage a dynamic environment.

Investments are Causing Massive Disruption in the Automation and Robotics Field

March 17, 2021
Technology and automation have had a place in distribution and supply chains for decades. Typically, high-end automation was reserved for the largest multi-national organizations with ample capital and a vision to improve efficiencies in their supply chain. While the technology adoption curve is much more mature in Europe than North America, N. American business investment in supply chain automation and distribution is increasing rapidly due to changing customer buying behavior, labor shortages, ecommerce adoption, and access to various technologies both mature and emerging. The amount of new technologies emerging to support distribution and supply chain automation is also rapidly increasing; and for good reason.

Smarter Robotic Each Picking, Now Powered by AI

March 10, 2021
Robots have been around for a while now and some may now consider them a commodity. They take inputs – product dimensions, pick and place locations – and produce outputs – finished pallets, unloaded or loaded machines. The inputs and outputs are controlled and consistent. What happens when the inputs and outputs can’t be controlled? Are you out of luck? Not anymore! Bastian Solutions has implemented robotic systems that allow robots to see, reason, and act to unknown inputs and produce desired outputs.

International Women’s Day: Choose to Challenge

March 08, 2021
International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8th every year around the world. It has been observed since the early 1900s and first recognized by the United Nations in 1975. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge.” What started as a protest for equal rights and voting rights is now a day to “celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.” In the supply chain and logistics industry, there is increased support to drive recruitment for women in engineering and tech related roles, influence of women in the industry, and the development of women’s careers.
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3 Lessons on Navigating Complex Multi-Site Automation Projects

March 03, 2021
The word “complexity” usually garners feelings of fear or hesitation. At Bastian Solutions however, when customers inquire about complex multi-site projects, we view these as exciting and engaging opportunities. Amidst the pandemic, there has been a sudden rise in ecommerce. It is estimated that U.S. ecommerce sales in the third quarter of 2020 was $209 billion, which was an increase of 37% from sales over the same time period in 2019. With this rise in consumer demand, there has been an increased demand for quick, complex supply chain solutions.
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Want to Make an Impact? Choose a Career in Supply Chain Automation

February 25, 2021
I was recently on a Sunday afternoon Zoom call (gotta love COVID-19) with some old friends from college – Boiler Up! We all graduated in the early 2000s, thus we’re 15 years or so into our careers. As the conversation progressed through a multitude of topics from the weather to kids to the trials and tribulations of U.S. politics, one of my buddies expressed how much he dreaded Monday mornings. Although he has a great job, he said he feels “uninspired”. My other buddies quickly jumped in acknowledging their agreement. I asked: “What would make you all feel ‘inspired’?” Almost in unison they all said they “want to feel as though their work is truly making an impact.”
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National Engineers Week: Why Supply Chain & Logistics?

February 23, 2021
In celebration of National Engineers Week – annual recognition of the importance of math, science, and technical skills – Bastian Solutions talked to three of its engineers to understand how they came to be an engineer, their experiences in the field, and how the supply chain industry has changed in the last year. Jason Tenorio, Director of Consulting, has more than 30 years’ experience in engineering and 15 years in consulting. Marcus Peck is a Project Manager in Greenfield, Indiana with about 10 years’ experience as an engineer, four at Bastian Solutions. Amelia Grace is a Systems Project Engineer and recent University of Illinois mechanical engineering graduate. “We are at the epicenter of solving customer problems, automation, and material flow. Really addressing shortages as it relates to labor, space, and time,” says Jason Tenorio.
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System Integration Success Through Effective Communication

February 17, 2021
Synchronizing complex automation systems and technologies is no easy feat. You’re not only coordinating controls and software but also ensuring that components, technologies, and processes work well together to achieve project goals. To make processes better. As unique as each system is, so too is design, installation and project management. The last thing you want is to have complications or hamper creativity that may give you the competitive edge you seek for your company.
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Retrofits and Cutovers: What to Know Before Modernizing Your Automation System

February 10, 2021
For any companies who has been a part of a retrofit or cutover project, you may be familiar with the challenges of taking on a project during a live operation. At Bastian Solutions, we see a lot of live operation projects every year – enhancements or modernizations of existing operations. These kinds of projects are considerably more difficult than projects that are performed in a greenfield (brand new building) or brownfield (existing building) site that aren’t operational today.
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Automated Distribution: Bringing Innovation to Pharma Fulfillment at Knipper

February 03, 2021
Based in New Jersey, J. Knipper and Company is one of the nation's largest third-party logistics service providers (3PLs) for the pharmaceutical industry. They are a service partner providing management of product sampling for pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device professionals. Now with access to 75% of the U.S. population with 2-day ground service, Knipper can deliver product to customers faster, thus increasing customer satisfaction, creating unique opportunities, and greater specialization in direct to physician fulfillment.

30 Years of Industry Experience: Creating a Strong Foundation for Improved Kaizen Processes

January 27, 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has penetrated every industry and forced changes throughout. Business processes have required accelerated reviews for the safety of the workforce and to adjust to changes in consumer demand. Supply chain and logistics has been in the spotlight with concerns about how shipments will get from one location to another, replenishment changes due to ecommerce trend acceleration, and demands for same day deliveries. This leads to process and management decisions. 2020 was a year of uncomfortable but necessary process change. Paralleled with new year’s resolutions and facing the “new normal” discussions, business around the world are working to have a more planned outlook with a better understanding of how to react and adjust. What aspects of your business processes should you protect and what do you change?

3 Key Lessons for New Year DC Throughput Efficiencies & Adaptability

January 19, 2021
We’ve all heard some variation of the saying “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste” but how good are we at recognizing the crisis and the best way to capitalize on it? As we enter this new year, we must acknowledge 2020 was unlike any other year in many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted everything in our lives: personal, political, and professional. The world learned to work from home, educate from home, and to the point of this article – shop from home. What can be learned from this “Great Accelerator” event to ensure distribution centers are ready to adapt in the future and improve throughput efficiencies? Here are three lessons from this past year, and a few recommendations for each to ensure the 2020 distribution center (DC) “crisis” doesn’t go to waste:

Supply Chain Returns: Strategically Handling the Post-Holiday Rush

January 13, 2021
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now over, many would think that retailers and manufacturers could catch their breath and start to focus on the next season. However, all retailers and online businesses know that there is one more hurdle to cross before closing out this season and that means processing returns! Here are 3 Key Thoughts for Strategically Managing Returns.
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New Year DC Resolutions: 4 Operational Considerations for a Smoother Year Ahead

January 06, 2021
As we close the door on a year of tremendous challenge and change, it’s a good time for distribution center (DC) leaders to pause and reflect on how to apply the hard-won learnings of 2020 in order to make course corrections for 2021 and beyond. Despite how early it may seem, now is the time to prepare for the second half of 2021, by which time the COVID-19 pandemic may be substantially behind us. As you chart your distribution operation’s path forward consider a few key questions that take into account your business needs, workforce, trends and technologies. Not only will this help prepare your operations for a smoother process but will help you assess your capabilities as external factors continue to change.

7 Ways to Help Your Warehouse Employees Work at Peak Performance

December 29, 2020
For years, logistics consultants, material handling engineers , and supply chain execution providers have been slicing-and-dicing warehouse statistics in a quest to enhance employee performance for the ultimate purpose of bringing profitable dollars to the bottom line. While having tangible statistics and historical records of warehouse operation is important, I suggest that these benchmarks alone will not drive peak employee or warehouse performance.

Scalable Automation: Creating Optimization for Today and Tomorrow at Parts Town

December 16, 2020
Parts Town needed a way to get ahead of their 30 percent year over year growth. Order printouts and manual push carts bustling from one side of the warehouse to another just wasn’t working anymore. Wanting to embrace their success without sacrificing their promise to customers of same-day delivery, Parts Town turned to Bastian Solutions. It was time to envision a new approach and make better use of their space.

Goods to Person Systems Stretch Beyond Social Distancing Benefits

December 09, 2020
Various goods-to-person technologies have risen to the challenge of social distancing by creating naturally spaced workstations for employees and allowing companies to continue their business momentum. In some cases, ramping up to match shifts like we’ve seen in ecommerce. In Q3 2020, about $1 in every $5 was spent on online sales, according to U.S. Commerce Department retail data.

Drones en la Cadena de Suministro

December 09, 2020
Era sólo cuestión de tiempo para que los proveedores logísticos, los integradores y las diferentes empresas multinacionales empezaran a buscar maneras de aprovechar esta tecnología.

El Comercio Electrónico en México

November 18, 2020
Sin duda el comercio electrónico ha revolucionado la manera en la que las personas realzan sus compras. No sólo ha incrementado la participación comercial del comercio electrónico en el mundo, si no que en los años recientes el crecimiento exponencial representa una amenaza para el comercio tradicional. Read: El Comercio Electrónico en México
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Multi-Site Project Implementations: Consistency Drives Efficiency

November 18, 2020
As the global effects of COVID-19 continue to play out, demand for contactless shopping via eCommerce is increasing putting pressure on fulfillment. Businesses are scrambling to identify opportunities to increase supply across their distribution networks. Many are seeking support from automation systems integrators (conveyor, robotics, software, controls) across several fulfillment sites at once. While multi-site implementations can be challenging, when executed successfully they can achieve greater results than single-site implementations.

Pandemic Accelerated Growth: 5 Ways AGVs and AMRs are an Asset to Your Operations

November 12, 2020
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) are transforming the way manufacturing and distribution centers operate. They are easier than ever to integrate into your operations and are currently seeing a significant boost in adoption.

Black Friday Prep: Peak Season Trends

November 06, 2020
Although 2020 has been an unpredictable year with unprecedented commerce demands, this year worldwide ecommerce sales have already increased by 18% more than last year. That’s $3.5 trillion USD, according to Shopify. And, it’s expected to nearly double by 2023 to more than $6.5 trillion. Chances are that planning was already underway to shift processes to accommodate for the expected growth in ecommerce before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. However, the state of the world during the pandemic greatly shortened the time frame in which updates and changes needed to be made. Companies everywhere scrambled to quickly pivot based on their unique situations.

5 Order Fulfillment Technologies to Keep an Eye On

October 28, 2020
As an independent systems integrator, Bastian Solutions is constantly evaluating the latest cutting-edge technologies. Largely driven by the continued growth of ecommerce, advancements in automated order fulfillment solutions continue at an unprecedented pace. Here are five order fulfillment technologies to keep an eye on…

Using an AutoStore ASRS as a Manufacturing WIP Storage Buffer

October 22, 2020
With the advent of cube storage solutions, non-traditional ASRS have become more prevalent. In certain applications, the cube storage solution can be denser (smaller facility footprint) and less expensive than traditional ASRS.

Hyper-Local Fulfillment 101: Permanent Changes in Buyer Behavior

October 14, 2020
This supply chain evolution has created the need for hyper-local fulfillment, which also comes with its own challenges. Customers expect things like free or low-cost shipping, same or next day delivery, hassle-free returns and inventory to be always in stock, just to name a few.

Breaking the Ice on Cold Storage Automation

October 08, 2020
Bastian Solutions’ Supply Chain Explained: LIVE webinar series continued with Robert Humphry, manager of systems sales taking a look at the complicated industry of frozen and refrigerated goods.

B2B Warehousing: Automation to Transform your Operations

September 30, 2020
Our second webinar of the Supply Chain Explained: LIVE series featured advice from Bastian Solutions’ Director of Consulting, Jason Tenorio, on challenges everyone in the B2B warehousing world is facing. The country has seen a large increase in onshoring due to international transportation issues, along with shutdowns or extreme volume losses in the food service, retail and entertainment industries. In some situations, B2B warehouses are being converted to ecommerce shipping sites, and are being asked to drop-ship direct to consumer orders. We’ve also seen an increase in labor shortages and turnover rates – making it that much harder to meet demand.

Ecommerce Automation: Addressing Overnight Changes in Buying Patterns

September 24, 2020
In the first installment of our Supply Chain Explained: LIVE webinar series, Director of National Accounts Matt Kuper discussed the massive impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the ecommerce supply chain. With retailers shifting to more online sales, grocers managing more buy online, pick up in store (BOPIS) orders, and supply chain interruptions across the globe hindering the ability to order parts or products, we saw a major shift in buying patterns for both B2B and B2C.

Business Intelligence and the Benefit of Sofware Analytics

September 21, 2020
'Business Intelligence' and 'Analytics' are buzzwords in our society. Any google trend search will show the rise of these buzzwords over the last 15 years. Everyone wants to make smart business decisions based on the data that they have; and everyone wants to know that they have made smart business decisions - and how to improve on those decisions. This is especially true in the automated warehousing industry as these systems need to produce an ROI to justify the expense of implementation.

5 Ways to Keep Your Project on Schedule

September 10, 2020
The two weeks at the beginning of a project take just as long as at the end of a project. The difference between the beginning and end, is that the beginning is usually less stressful than when a project is getting close to a deadline or a hard Go Live date. It can be easy to let precious time slip! By being efficient during the negotiation stage and clearly communicating the project timeline and milestones at the beginning of the process, you can help your projects run smoother.

10 Types of Ancillary Equipment for Industrial Robotic Systems

September 03, 2020
Now, more than ever, companies struggle to staff industrial areas due to the ongoing labor shortage. Pair this with slim margins, and the need to improve efficiencies, lower labor costs, and improve quality is magnified. One avenue to accomplish this, is through an industrial robotic system. Robotic systems can accomplish many tasks within an industrial environment, including palletizing, depalletizing, case packing, machine tending, and many other roles.

How Much Does Pallet Racking Cost?

August 27, 2020
There are many factors which must be considered when pricing the various types of pallet racking. For the most accurate pallet racking price you should always consult with your material handling provider. However, what if you’re only looking for a ROM (rough order of magnitude) or high-level estimate? Below are a few rules of thumb that will help you determine a rough price estimate for pallet racking.

Bastian Solutions Modular Sorter

August 19, 2020
Due to the rapidly expanding industry of ecommerce, ease of installation and maintenance of conveyor systems is exceedingly critical to remain competitive in today’s material handling market. The more complicated the system, the more of an impact this can have on its design and success as a solution. In material conveyance terms, sortation is one of the most complicated problems out there. Typical medium rate sortation requires AC power, DC power, and pneumatics for successful sortation of packages up to 75 pounds in weight. They provide rates up to 300FPM at 85CPMwith a maximum sorter length of 150ft. Bastian Solutions’ conveyor team has now developed a solution that provides the same speed at 90CPM, an unlimited maximum sorter length, and requires nothing but low-voltage DC power for operation, all while offering competitive pricing; the Modular Sorter.

2020 Internship Program

August 13, 2020
Ever wondered what Bastian Solutions interns are up to during their programs? Bastian Solutions makes every effort to ensure each intern goes back to school or out into the industry with valuable skills necessary for success. From controls to software and systems, our interns had a diverse experience this year, and even with the challenges presented with COVID-19, they each flourished and brought great value to our teams!

Implementing AGVs with Robotic Palletizing Systems

August 05, 2020
An automated guided vehicle’s (AGV) key role when interacting with robots is the delivery/removal of materials. Special attention needs to be given to interaction points in order to have a successful automation ecosystem

Microfulfillment Part 2: Pros and Cons

July 29, 2020
The term “microfulfillment center” has quickly become one of the top buzzwords in material handling. But what is it and is investing in it the right decision for your supply chain?

Microfulfillment Part 1: What is Microfulfillment?

July 22, 2020
Without a doubt, microfulfillment is one of the hottest trends in supply chain. The ability to get products into consumers’ hands quicker than your competitors is the ultimate leg up, so not only is it a trend, but it’s a strategy enabling today’s retailers to decentralize fulfillment, create a better customer experience and redefine the retail landscape. So, what is it?

Building A Community for Women in Tech: Mentorship and Sponsorship

In the spirit of Canada’s National Engineering Month back in March, and as we welcome a new wave of grads into the workforce, we’re sharing our top tips for inspiring students and young engineers to join the engineering field, stay motivated, and find the community they need to feel sense of belonging. In light of COVID-19’s isolation measures, there’s no better time to connect with community members for a video call to discuss their goals and how you can support them.

Promoting Warehouse Worker Safety Post-COVID-19

June 23, 2020
During this global coronavirus pandemic, people are concerned with protecting themselves and their families from contracting and spreading the disease; many go to extraordinary measures to ensure everyone they care about stays healthy. For employers, this protective nature extends to the employees who are the foundation of their business too.

How to Properly Select a Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor

June 17, 2020
With skyrocketing warehouse real estate prices in many parts of the country, Bastian Solutions is finding more of our customers want to make better use of their vertical cube.

Throwing Good Money After Bad: Addressing Failed Operational Investments

June 09, 2020
Throwing good money after bad often happens without the realization that it’s being done. We’ve worked with several clients over the years where the common thread across projects has been an investment in something of considerable capital value that simply isn’t well suited for the client’s operation.

A New Graduate's Experience in the Warehouse Automation Environment

June 03, 2020
Graduating from university is an exciting and meaningful milestone for many. Following shortly after is a huge leap into the first full-time position of your career

The Importance of Discussing Slotting Early in New Facility Design

May 19, 2020
When designing a new warehouse or distribution facility, the earlier that conversations are had about slotting goals, the better the end result.
Posted in General Blogs

How Automation is Helping During a Pandemic

May 14, 2020
Because of COVID-19, many manufacturing companies are finding themselves needing to change operating procedures. Here's how automation is helping one company make much-needed PPE.

Using a Gaming Engine for Agile Supply Chain Optimization

May 12, 2020
How embracing agility and operational responsiveness in supply chain modeling and network design software gives businesses the best opportunity for success.

Questions to Expect From a Material Handling Integrator

May 05, 2020
In any material handling project or consultation, the first step is getting to know your business and its needs. Here are some of the questions you can expect.

World Day for Safety & Health at Work: Looking To The Future

April 28, 2020
With business so drastically changed amid the crisis, will the focus on ensuring worker health and safety be permanent?
Posted in General Blogs

Automation in Software Development

April 23, 2020
Automation in software can be a very powerful thing, when done correctly. Here are some tips on how to analyze whether automating a process is the right decision.

What Do Material Handling Applications Engineers Do?

April 14, 2020
A break down of the role of applications engineers and how they help ensure each project is successful.
Posted in General Blogs

The Benefits of Post-Implementation Support

April 09, 2020
Even the best designed system isn't perfect, so having a reliable support system in place is vital to the success of a high performing business.
Posted in General Blogs

Robot EoAT Tool Changers: How & Where They Are Used

April 07, 2020
On any given production line, workers pick up different specialized tools to complete different tasks. End of arm tool changers allow robots to do the same.
Posted in System Automation

A Thank You to Essential Businesses and Personnel

March 30, 2020
Without the world of supply chain – truck drivers, factory employees, maintenance crews and retail workers, just to name a few – our world might, figuratively, stop turning.

What's the Difference Between WMS, WES and WCS?

March 24, 2020
If you work in material handling or order fulfillment, you've heard these terms, but they're hard to keep straight. Read this article to learn which piece of the software puzzle does what.

How COVID-19 Will Permanently Change your Omni-Channel Supply Chain

March 19, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to force unprecedented shut downs, will the resulting changes to supply chains be temporary anomalies or permanent changes?
Posted in Industry News

MODEX 2020: A Lesson in Resiliency

March 17, 2020
Despite fears of the COVID-19 pandemic amidst the biggest trade show of the year, the supply chain industry adapted and made the best of a difficult situation.
Posted in Industry News

The Changing Role of a Site Supervisor

March 16, 2020
With large-scale projects, proper planning is required for success. This is where having a good site supervisor makes all the difference.
Posted in Project Management

Data Analysis - Time Consuming, but Vital

March 12, 2020
When designing advanced automation systems, detailed, accurate customer data is the key to delivering the best recommendations and ROI.

The Importance of Validating AGV Design with Simulation

March 05, 2020
AGVs have some pretty impressive benefits, but only if implemented correctly. Here's how simulation can ensure the right AGV count and design for your warehouse or manufacturing operations.

Delivering Best Buy's Supply Chain Transformation

March 03, 2020
Learn how we helped Best Buy overhaul its omnichannel operations and supply chain network to stay competitive against Amazon.

Replenishment: The Hidden "Traffic Cop" of Distribution Operations

February 27, 2020
Without a solid, well-designed replenishment strategy as part of a fully integrated operation, picking systems can't operate at their optimal level. Here are some tips to help.

Six Reasons to Simulate Your Operations

February 26, 2020
Six reasons you should consider simulations to help address some of the challenges in your manufacturing or warehousing environment.

Weathering the Storm, Part 2: The Balancing Act of Supply Chain Risk Management

February 19, 2020
It's impossible to predict where or when a disaster may occur, but these tips can help mitigate the risk in today's increasingly global supply chains.

Weathering the Storm, Part 1: Preparing Operations for Natural Disasters

February 18, 2020
Understanding how your operation could be affected in the wake of a natural disaster can help your business survive the worst.

The "Final 50 Feet" of Ecommerce Delivery: Trends, Challenges, and Technology

February 13, 2020
While the “last mile” has long been a focus for retailers and carriers, one particularly challenging element is the “final 50 feet” of urban parcel delivery.

Staffing For Peak Season: What Went Wrong?

February 11, 2020
If your operations hired additional staff over peak season and it was still a struggle to keep up, these factors could have been overlooked in your planning process.

Building the Business Case for Distribution Center Automation

February 06, 2020
While there is often a compelling ROI for automating your DC operations, there are several other key factors that should also be considered when building your business case.

Importance of Communications in Supply Chain Management

February 04, 2020
From timely deliveries to employee morale, communications touch every aspect of any business. These tips will help you establish an effective communication plan.

How Automated Material Handling Systems Impact Warehouse Facility Design

January 30, 2020
Automated material handling systems often have requirements that exceed typical warehouse design considerations. These are the items to keep in mind to ensure your new distribution facility can properly house these complex systems.

Two Key Elements to Effective Change Management

January 23, 2020
Change is not easy and not everyone adapts well. Fortunately, with effective change management, successful transformation can be reached with minimal issues.
Posted in Project Management

Creating Project Teams with the Right Mix of Engineering and Operational Expertise

January 21, 2020
Successful warehouse projects require collaboration between the individuals possessing engineering and analytical knowledge and those with a deep understanding and expertise of the operation itself.
Posted in Project Management

Planning Your Future DC

January 14, 2020
Planning for a future distribution center can be a daunting task, but these tips for developing a robust plan will help mitigate risk and ensure success.

AutoStore Aims to Redefine Retail With Micro-Fulfillment

January 08, 2020
AutoStore is redefining retail and customer service with an exciting new micro-fulfillment campaign and design concepts that will help retailers enhance a customer’s in-store experience

AutoStore anuncia la campana de micro-fulfillment (Spanish)

January 08, 2020
AutoStore está redefiniendo el servicio minorista y de atención al cliente con una nueva campaña de microprocesos y conceptos de diseño interesantes que ayudarán a los minoristas a mejorar la experiencia de la tienda del cliente.
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Posted in Uncategorized

AutoStore anuncia campanha de micro-execucao (Portuguese)

January 08, 2020
A AutoStore está redefinindo o serviço de varejo e atendimento ao cliente com uma nova campanha de microprocessos e conceitos de design interessantes que ajudarão os varejistas a melhorar a experiência na loja do cliente.
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Posted in Uncategorized

AutoStore annonce une campagne de micro-traitement (French)

January 08, 2020
AutoStore redéfinit le commerce de détail et le service client avec une nouvelle campagne de micro-exécution et des concepts de conception passionnants qui aideront les détaillants à améliorer l'expérience en magasin d'un client.
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Posted in Uncategorized

Reverse Logistics & Omnichannel Returns: Maximizing Opportunity

January 07, 2020
Today’s shoppers do not hesitate to send back items that do not meet their expectations. Modernizing the returns process has become a key objective for many retailers.
Posted in General Blogs

Why Spare Parts Distributors Should Consider Goods-To-Person

December 18, 2019
Over the years, Bastian Solutions has partnered with several OEMs & spare parts distributors to improve their order fulfillment systems. We’ve found that goods-to-person systems are a great fit.
Posted in System Automation

Why Your Material Handling System Is Only as Good as Your After-Sales Support

December 12, 2019
When it comes down to it, after-sales support is about making the customers’ lives easier. We believe it is vital to take care of the customer throughout not only the sales cycle, but also the lifecycle of anything we provide.

The Prime Effect, Labor Shortages, and Dynamic Economy: A Glance at the 2020 Market

December 04, 2019
While impossible to predict, certain market trends can give us an idea on what to expect in the supply chain and logistics market for 2020 and how to prepare.
Posted in Industry News

Automation is Here to Stay (and Improve Your Life)

November 21, 2019
I often get asked about automation’s effects on employment. Here are some lessons from history that show how the implementation of automation improved the quality of our lives by changing the kinds of jobs available.

How to Choose the Correct Divert for Your Conveyor System Design

November 12, 2019
There are a wide-range of divert options available for conveyor, ranging from fairly simple to highly complex. These are the factors to consider when choosing what type of divert is best for your system.

The Value of a Good System Test Plan and Test Scenarios

November 06, 2019
As distribution centers become more automated, a well thought-out and formal warehouse system test plan and test scenarios can help conquer these increasingly complex systems.
Posted in System Automation

Automated Bulk Case Dispensing with Conveyor

October 30, 2019
Our client needed a better solution for building mixed-SKU orders. Here's how we designed a simple solution that increased speed and accuracy.

How an Apparel Company Moved from a 3PL to In-House Distribution

October 17, 2019
After previously relying on a third-party logistics company to handle shipments to its global customer base, Adore Me knew it was time to bring its order fulfillment operations in house.
Posted in System Automation

Third Party Logistics vs. In-House: What's Right for Your Operation?

October 09, 2019
Every warehouse operation has unique challenges. When considering third-party logistics, it's important to have a thorough understanding of the entire operation.
Posted in General Blogs

Sifting Through Single Item Sortation

October 01, 2019
Single item sortation is frequently used to quickly fill multiple orders that contain similar items. Here's how it works.

6 Reasons Why You Need a Site Manager on your Project

September 24, 2019
All projects, large and small, have many moving parts that need to come together in time to meet your deadline. For projects to run smoothly, it's important to have one person who knows your system inside and out, making sure it all goes smoothly - a site manager.
Posted in Project Management

Inside the Success of an Electronics eCommerce Distribution Center

September 13, 2019
With the right people, processes, and technology in their new advanced distribution center, NewEgg can accurately fill orders faster with a lower cost of shipping and provide overall better customer service.
Posted in General Blogs

Tackling Returns: An Online Clothing Retailer Changes the Game

September 10, 2019
Dealing with returns and reverse logistics can be a struggle for ecommerce order fulfillment - especially in the retail and consumer goods industries. Here's how we helped one client improve their returns process.
Posted in System Automation

Finding the Right Solution: Supercapacitors vs. Batteries

August 28, 2019
When making a decision, it’s important to fully consider the benefits and disadvantages of each available option. Here's how we decided between supercapacitors and batteries when developing our warehouse robots.

How the World's Largest Wine & Spirits Distribution Center Ships 25 Million Cases Each Year

August 20, 2019
After consolidating all the inventory and functions of its Florida facilities into a single location, Southern Glazer’s Lakeland, Florida facility is now the largest liquor spirits and wine distribution hub on the planet.

Retail Fulfillment: The Costs to Be Free

August 15, 2019
As ecommerce continues to grow, it’s apparent that fast and free shipping is a key motivator for online shoppers.
Posted in General Blogs

5 Reasons to Study Your Supply Chain Network

August 07, 2019
Whether a company has established supply chain optimization as a competitive advantage or is just starting to explore the possible benefits, here are 5 reasons to conduct a distribution network study.

Automation's Effect on Flexibility

July 31, 2019
When exploring automated solutions, it’s important to consider not just the benefits, but the overall impact each will have on your operations - including their effects on flexibility.
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Posted in System Automation

How to Identify a Replacement Conveyor Part

July 23, 2019
Replacing conveyor parts is a normal part of system maintenance, but it's not always easy to identify the right part number to reorder. This guide will help.

Joint Process Improvement: How to Find the Right Partner

July 11, 2019
A joint process improvement program should reduce costs and improve quality - if you choose the right partner. Here are the characteristics you should look for to ensure success.

Drones in Supply Chain

July 09, 2019
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in multiple industries, but will they ever become an essential tool for warehouse management and logistics?

Why You Don't Need a Consultant

June 28, 2019
Not sure whether you need a consultant? This quick guide should help you decide if hiring one is right for your operation.

Creating a Successful Cross-Docking Operation

June 26, 2019
One of the best options to reduce waste is to implement cross docking, but it requires careful consideration and planning to be effective.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Part 2

June 20, 2019
While every organization is unique, the steps required to build a continuous improvement culture are the same.

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement: Part 1

June 17, 2019
Creating a culture of continuous improvement requires commitment, investment, and empowerment. First, you must understand what continuous improvement is.

Major Trends That Will Drive Distribution Throughout the 2020s

June 13, 2019
Millennials, and their desire for choice and convenience, will drive requirements and expectations on fulfillment and logistics creating a new “on-demand ecommerce” model throughout the 2020s.

Florida’s Growing Distribution & Logistics Market

June 11, 2019
With over 20 million residents and more than 100 million visitors every year, plus the growing demand for faster delivery, Florida has seen tremendous growth in distribution centers over the past few years.
Posted in General Blogs

3 Ways Lift Assist Devices Can Benefit Your Manufacturing Process

June 06, 2019
Rather than risking damage or injury when moving large and heavy objects, more and more companies are turning to ergonomic industrial lift assist systems. Here are 3 benefits that make lift assist devices a worthwhile investment.

O que e o AutoStore? (Portuguese)

June 04, 2019
Saiba mais sobre o AutoStore, um sistema de armazenamento e recuperação automatizado goods-to-person que é líder no mercado em termos de densidade de armazenamento.
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Posted in Uncategorized

En quoi consiste l'AutoStore? (French)

June 04, 2019
Learn more about this unique automated warehouse storage system and what makes it the best option for maximizing storage density.
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Posted in Uncategorized

Que es AutoStore? (Spanish)

June 04, 2019
Obtenga más información sobre este exclusivo sistema automatizado de almacenamiento de almacén y lo que lo convierte en la mejor opción para maximizar la densidad de almacenamiento.
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Posted in Uncategorized

What is AutoStore?

June 04, 2019
Learn more about this unique automated warehouse storage system and what makes it the best option for maximizing storage density.
Posted in System Automation

3 Ways Simulation Modeling Optimizes Distribution Center Design

May 30, 2019
System simulation modeling is a very effective strategy to validate the future-state design of a distribution center, but the benefits don’t end there.
Posted in System Automation

Michigan’s Contribution to Material Handling

May 23, 2019
How Michigan’s history as a regional center of automotive manufacturing led to the rise of innovative assembly line technologies.
Posted in General Blogs

What are Photo Eye Sensors, and How Do They Improve System Automation?

May 21, 2019
Whether they’re used to sense the presence of boxes on a conveyor or parts on a manufacturing line, photo eyes help keep automated systems running around the world.

8 Questions to Consider When Choosing Warehouse Racking

May 17, 2019
While it’s pretty simple to construct, the art of properly choosing and implementing racking can either optimize or inhibit your storage density. These are some questions to consider to ensure you select the best warehouse racking solutions for your facility.

Choosing your Material Handling System: A Quest for the Right Solution

May 14, 2019
Your business is starting to take off and orders are coming in faster than you can keep up. It’s starting to look like time for an upgrade to your warehouse system, but where should you begin your search? These tips will help you start the journey.

Designing an Endless Metal Belt Conveyor Solution to Withstand High Temps

May 09, 2019
While every operation is different, some have unique challenges that require creative solutions. This client needed a conveyor that can tolerate high temps while transporting molten plastic. Here's how we designed the solution.

4 Steps to Reduce Operational Waste in an E-commerce World

May 08, 2019
The Toyota Production System (TPS) characterizes waste using 3 Ms: Muda, Mura, and Muri. These 4 steps can help ecommerce organizations enhance their understanding of these wastes and create a plan reduce them.
Posted in General Blogs

3 Things That Will Help You Succeed in a Robotics Career

May 02, 2019
At Bastian Solutions' R&D branch, we have seen many intern candidates and interested students apply, all hoping to get into robotics. Here are three characteristics that we look for. They may not be what you think!
Posted in Education

4 Signs It's Time to Replace That Outdated Conveyor System

April 30, 2019
Conveyor systems can last a long time, but even the best maintained systems only last so long. Here are 4 signs that it's time to replace your outdated conveyor system.

The Rise of the Urban DC

April 23, 2019
More and more people, especially young adults, are moving into cities. To reach this increasingly important market segment, retailers need to find a profitable and efficient way to do urban fulfillment.

5 Simple Strategies to Attract and Retain Warehouse and Distribution Center Labor

April 16, 2019
Warehouse and distribution center managers face massive challenges in both hiring and retaining employees. Here are five simple strategies that help attract and retain warehouse and distribution center workers.
Posted in General Blogs

Technological Advancements Enabling the Growth of Robotic Picking

April 04, 2019
In the very near future, robotic picking will become mainstream, facilitating a 24/7 picking and order fulfillment environment. Improvements in a few existing technologies have helped pave the way.

3 Advanced Features of the ZiPline Shoe Sorter

April 02, 2019
From day one, the main design criteria for our ZiPline shoe sorter was maximum uptime with industry-leading crash avoidance. That’s why we developed the best slat, shoe, and end offload in the industry.

Palletizing and Depalletizing with Cobots

March 28, 2019
Palletizing and depalletizing with collaborative robots just made a huge step forward. These easy-to-integrate solutions can handle a range of product sizes and styles while eliminating the need for safety fencing and requiring minimal floor space.
Posted in System Automation

The Customizable Gripper That’s Changing Robotic Handling

March 26, 2019
Until recently, handling delicate products required a human touch. The flexibility and dexterity of Soft Robotics' new modular collaborative robot gripper kit changes that.

Lessons Learned: Styrofoam Coolers and Timing Belt Transfers

March 20, 2019
While most of our projects are successful, there is always the occasional project that didn’t go as planned. Here are some lessons learned from a recent project involving timing belt transfers and styrofoam coolers. Read: Lessons Learned: Styrofoam Coolers and Timing Belt Transfers

The Emergence of Kiva Look-Alikes

March 14, 2019
After Amazon acquired Kiva Systems, these look-alike vendors have copied and expanded on the fetch & carry, goods-to-person fulfillment method. Read: The Emergence of Kiva Look-Alikes

7 Energy Considerations for Material Handling Automation

March 11, 2019
Automation can provide a wealth of benefits with the right system. Don't overlook these 7 energy-related questions when selecting which automation technologies are best for your operation. Read: 7 Energy Considerations for Material Handling Automation
Posted in System Automation

Distribution Facility Selection: It’s Not Just About Location and Cost

March 06, 2019
Cost and location are important factors when selecting a new distribution facility, but don't overlook these important physical components. Read: Distribution Facility Selection: It’s Not Just About Location and Costy

What to Expect When Onboarding at an Engineering Company

February 28, 2019
Here's what you can expect when starting a new role at an engineering company based on my experience joining a team of industrial & systems engineers. Read: What to Expect When Onboarding at An Engineering Company
Posted in Education

SpeedCell: Store More in Less Space

February 26, 2019
Warehouse and distribution companies often need to hold many SKUs and pick faces in a small space. For this client, the SpeedCell storage system was the perfect solution. Read: SpeedCell: Store More in Less Space

Labor Management’s Role in Automation

February 21, 2019
While effective labor management is vital in any operation, it’s critical to not lose sight of its importance as the supply chain and material handling industry moves further down the path of automation. Read: Labor Management’s Role in Automation
Posted in System Automation

5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Warehouse Pallet Rack

February 19, 2019
You've made an investment in your pallet racking, so why not take the next step and protect it? Here are 5 simple ways to protect your warehouse pallet rack and improve warehouse safety. Read: 5 Simple Ways to Protect Your Warehouse Pallet Rack

Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 3

February 15, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 3 of our Beginner's Guide: Considerations for Choosing a Split Case Picking System Design Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 3
Posted in Education

Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner's Guide, Part 2

February 14, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 2 of our Beginner's Guide: Options for Designing a Split Case Picking System Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 2
Posted in Education

Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1

February 12, 2019
With the growth in e-commerce, the demand for split case picking order fulfillment systems has never been higher. Here's Part 1 of our Beginner's Guide: What Is Split Case Picking? Read: Split Case Picking Systems: A Beginner’s Guide, Part 1
Posted in Education

La importancia de utilizar un Consultor en Logística en México

February 07, 2019
Mexico needs consultants to get to the next level. To get there, Mexican companies need to trust that not everything can be solved from the inside. Read: La importancia de utilizar un Consultor en Logística en México

Trends Driving the Case for Distribution Center Automation

January 31, 2019
An overview of the economic and technological trends that are increasing demand (and ROI) for distribution center automation. Read: Trends Driving the Case for Distribution Center Automation

Velocity Slotting with Supply Chain Software

January 29, 2019
Velocity slotting can drastically improve order pick time and operator productivity, if used correctly. Here's what you should keep in mind. Read: Velocity Slotting with Supply Chain Software

Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

January 25, 2019
When trying to determine the best automated solution for a manufacturing application, it’s important to ask the right questions. Read: Integrating Conveyor into a Part Press Operation

Tips on Integrating Pallet Flow Rack in a Freezer

January 23, 2019
Standard pallet flow components will not hold up to the rigors of cold storage, but these tips will help you find what will. Read: Tips on Integrating Pallet Flow Rack in a Freezer

The Blockchain Supply Chain: Transparent and Traceable

January 17, 2019
Modern supply chains are extremely complex, making it difficult to track provenance, production methods, and more. Blockchain technology can change that. Read: The Blockchain Supply Chain: Transparent and Traceable

AutoStore Black Line : Reponses a vos questions (French)

January 15, 2019
Qu'est-ce qui différencie le nouvel AutoStore Black Line? Nous avons préparé un Q&R pour que vous puissiez découvrir les nouveautés et savoir si cela vous convient.
Posted in System Automation

AutoStore Black Line: Resposta para as suas duvidas (Portuguese)

January 15, 2019
O que há de diferente no novo sistema de mercadorias para pessoas da AutoStore Black Line? Preparamos uma sessão de perguntas e respostas para que você possa aprender o que há de novo e se é certo para você..
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Posted in System Automation

AutoStore Black Line: Las respuestas a sus preguntas (Spanish)

January 15, 2019
¿Qué tiene de diferente el nuevo sistema AutoStore Black Line de bienes a persona? Hemos preparado un Q&A para que pueda aprender qué hay de nuevo y si es adecuado para usted.
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Posted in System Automation

AutoStore Black Line: Your Questions Answered

January 15, 2019
What's different about the new AutoStore Black Line? We've put together a Q&A so you can learn what's new and if it's right for you. Read: AutoStore Black Line: Your Questions Answered
Posted in System Automation

Which Products Should Go into a Goods-To-Person System?

January 03, 2019
Considering a goods-to-person system, but not sure which one to choose or what to put inside? Start by analyzing your data. Read: Which Products Should Go into a Goods-To-Person System?

Trends in Supply Chain Network Software Stack

December 27, 2018
Supply chain network software tools that can help optimize inventory, facilities, and transportation - and some tips to use them. Read: Trends in Supply Chain Network Software Stack

Lessons From the Amazon Effect

December 19, 2018
How the retail and material handling industries have evolved to service increasing e-commerce demand. Read: Lessons From the Amazon Effect

Great Gifts to Give an Engineer

December 10, 2018
We polled Bastian’s engineers to see which gifts they’d love to get this holiday season. From books to gadgets, even STEM toys for future engineers, our fifth annual Gifts for Engineers holiday guide is sure to please! Read: Great Gifts to Give an Engineer

5 Questions to Ask When Considering AGVs

November 30, 2018
Wondering whether automated guided vehicles (AGVs) are the right solution for your material handling problem? These 5 questions will help. Read: 5 Questions to Ask When Considering AGVs

The Art of Reusing Conveyor

November 28, 2018
When you’re tasked with reusing conveyor the customer already has, these tips will make the redesign and transition as smooth as possible. Read: The Art of Reusing Conveyor

Optimizing Productivity and Space Utilization Through Warehouse Slotting

November 15, 2018
One of the differentiators between average-class and best-in-class operations is having an active warehouse slotting program. Read: Optimizing Productivity and Space Utilization Through Warehouse Slotting

A Food Bank Supply Chain: The Logistics of Feeding the Hungry

November 13, 2018
Food banks from a supply chain perspective: how they receive, store, process, and distribute millions of pounds of food out to the community.
Posted in The Supply Chain

What is a Pallet Positioner and Why Do I Need One?

November 08, 2018
Find out how pallet positioners like the PalletPal™ can make loading and unloading pallets faster, safer, and easier for your workforce.. Read: What is a Pallet Positioner and Why Do I Need One?

Reaching The Apex 2018 in Review

November 06, 2018
A review of Bastian Solutions’ Reaching the Apex 2018, a 3-day supply chain and logistics event combining education, facility tours and one-to-one consulting to take your distribution operations to the next level. Read: Reaching The Apex 2018 in Review

5 Advantages of a Cobot from Universal Robots

October 30, 2018
Do you want to automate a process in your facility without breaking the bank? Here are 5 advantages of cobots. Read: 5 Advantages of a Cobot from Universal Robots

Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 2: Systematic Layout Planning

October 25, 2018
Effective distribution center layout planning is essential for achieving optimal performance. Systematic Layout Planning is our preferred strategy.. Read: Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 2: Systematic Layout Planning

Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 1: Fundamentals

October 25, 2018
Before diving in to more complex topics, it’s important to have a general understanding of the types of DCs and the functions that happen inside. Read: Distribution Center Layout and Design - Part 1: Fundamentals

Back to Basics: 4 Common Types of Racking & Their Benefits

October 18, 2018
Racking is one of the most basic tools in material handling. Here is a simple overview of 4 common types and their benefits. Read: Back to Basics: 4 Common Types of Racking & Their Benefits

A Guide to Testing Your Warehouse Execution System (WES)

October 16, 2018
A WES is a powerful tool that can help a wide range of warehouse DCs. Here’s what’s required to properly test and implement a warehouse execution system.. Read: A Guide to Testing Your Warehouse Execution System (WES)

Automated Picking Technologies for Omni-Channel Fulfillment

October 11, 2018
There are many automation technologies available to improve omni-channel fulfillment – but which are right for your operation? Read: Automated Picking Technologies for Omni-Channel Fulfillment

How Industrial Automation Helped Detroit Recover

October 04, 2018
With the perseverance of its manufacturing industry and the help of innovations like industrial automation, Detroit has made an impressive comeback. Read: How Industrial Automation Helped Detroit Recover

5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

September 27, 2018
Don’t throw your money in the trash! Here are the first 5 factors you need to consider when selecting trash conveyor. Read: 5 Things to Consider When Implementing Trash Conveyor

Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

September 19, 2018
How a conveyor belt tracking issue let us prove our commitment to providing exceptional customer service. Read: Fixing a Conveyor Belt Tracking Issue

How to Calculate the Ideal Building Column Spacing for Warehouse Pallet Racking

September 13, 2018
Anyone who has been through the process of laying out warehouse pallet racking knows the frustrations of trying to accommodate building columns… Read: How to Calculate the Ideal Building Column Spacing for Warehouse Pallet Racking

8 Top Recruiting and Interview Tips for Companies and Job Seekers

August 28, 2018
The hiring process can be a challenge for both companies and candidates. Here are 8 recruiting and interview tips to make the process better for everyone. Read: 8 Top Recruiting and Interview Tips for Companies and Job Seekers

5 Cobot Applications for Distribution Centers

August 22, 2018
From picking, packing, palletizing and beyond, here are some distribution center applications that can benefit from using cobots, or collaborative robots. Read: 5 Cobot Applications for Distribution Centers

Understanding Host System Integration with Exacta: Supply Chain Software

August 07, 2018
Integrating supply chain software may seem intimidating, but with the help of our experts and a good software package such as Exacta, connecting your host software system to your automated material handling system is easy. Read: Understanding Host System Integration with Exacta: Supply Chain Software

Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

August 01, 2018
How Bastian Solutions evaluated and integrated an overhead conveyor system for a customer’s new manufacturing procedure. Read: Integrating a Modular Overhead Conveyor System

Increase Revenue with Automatic Stretch Wrapping

July 26, 2018
You spend millions of dollars to get your product to the customer as fast as possible. So why let outdated wrapping procedures slow you down? Read: Increase Revenue with Automatic Stretch Wrapping

Think Globally, Shop Locally: Choosing Your Material Handling System Integrator

July 24, 2018
Whether you’re in Atlanta or Madrid, there are benefits to selecting a material handling system integrator with a local presence. Read: Think Globally, Shop Locally: Choosing Your Material Handling System Integrator

3 Factors for Proper Roll Handling

July 19, 2018
The key to any material handling operation is the collection of product data. For roll handling, these are the most important pieces of information to have. Read: 3 Factors for Proper Roll Handling

4 Things to Consider When Selecting Wire Decking

July 11, 2018
After you’ve decided wire decking is the best option for your warehouse or distribution center, you still need to decide which options will work best. Here are 4 things to consider when selecting the best wire decking for your application. Read: 4 Things to Consider When Selecting Wire Decking

Are You Being Held Hostage by Your Material Handling Provider?

July 03, 2018
One of the most important questions you should ask before choosing your material handling systems provider is: do they program in an open controls architecture?  The implications of the answer might surprise you. Read: Are You Being Held Hostage by Your Material Handling Provider?

Surprising Applications for Plastic Modular Chain Conveyors

June 28, 2018
Part 2 of our series on plastic chain conveyors. Typically used to transport clean, cool, or small products, plastic modular chain conveyors are surprisingly well suited for the opposite, too. Read: Surprising Applications for Plastic Modular Chain Conveyors

3 Reasons to Implement a Plastic Chain Conveyor System

June 26, 2018
The demand for plastic chain conveyor systems has been steadily increasing as companies realize the benefits they provide. Here are the top three reasons why you should consider using a plastic chain conveyor system. Read: 3 Reasons to Implement a Plastic Chain Conveyor System

5 Key Steps to Your Next Material Handling System Modification

June 20, 2018
In today's fast-paced, demand-driven world, material handling system modifications are almost guaranteed and required to keep up with competition. To ensure a smooth project and successful go-live, whether a brand new system or modification, follow these five steps. Read: 5 Key Steps to Your Next Material Handling System Modification

Material Handling Ergonomics: 4 Products to Keep Your Workers Safe

June 14, 2018
Most material handling situations involve physically-straining or repetitive actions, such as lifting products from variable elevations, installing a component in an assembly process, or picking products into containers for order fulfillment. Those physical stresses could lead to worker injury and additional costs. Read: 4 Ergonomic Products to Keep Your Workers Safe

How to Avoid the 6 Most Common Pitfalls of Robotic Palletizing System Startups

June 07, 2018
“Garbage in, garbage out.” As this phrase applies to robotic palletizing systems, the system outputs, particularly built pallet quality and throughput rates, are directly tied to the quality of the system inputs. To avoid issues, it's critical to ensure quality products, pallets as well as downstream and upstream processes. Read: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Robotic Palletizing System Startups

The Benefits of Automating Line Replenishment with Electronic KANBAN

June 01, 2018
With the improvements and new technology in material handling, we can take the idea of Kanban to whole new levels. The question is, what level of Kanban implementation, if any, is right for you and your facility? Read: The Benefits of Automating Line Replenishment with Electronic KANBAN

Adopting Automation and Change Management: What to Expect and How to be Prepared

May 23, 2018
Whether its automating the picking process with goods-to-person (GTP) technology or the pack-and-ship process with tapers and print and apply, the path to a successful automation implementation can be seamless and smooth for some organizations, but also, prolonged and strenuous for others. Read: Adopting Automation and Change Management

New Brew of Software for Beverage Distribution

May 16, 2018
Consumers are getting more tech savvy when it comes to purchasing goods. The common trend is to be faster, more accurate, and provide decision-making information on-demand. The wine and spirits industry is no different, which is why smart distributors are investing in new hardware and software. Read: New Brew of Software for Beverage Distribution

Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

May 09, 2018
Conveyor equipment can be dangerous if not used in the proper manner and with necessary safety precautions in place. To prevent injuries and accidents, OSHA has outlined several conveyor safety standards, which we'll review and expand upon. Read: Understanding OSHA Safety Standards for Conveyor

Comparing Internet of Things (IoT)-Based Asset Tracking Technologies: RFID vs. BLE

May 04, 2018
Searching for the right asset tracking solution can be daunting. Within the materials handling and supply chain industry, Radio-Frequency Identifier (RFID) is commonly championed as the defacto successor to previous approaches like barcode scanning, but there are other methods that have competitive advantages and technological trade-offs. Read: Comparing IoT-Based Asset Tracking Technologies

Why Choose Composite Pallets?

March 28, 2018
Companies invest heavily on staff, machinery and automation to create highly efficient processes to get goods to the market, however they overlook a keystone item, the pallet. This oversight, usually with great affect to efficiency, ends up costing big. Read: Why Choose Composite Pallets?

Decoding Your ZiPline Conveyor Model Name

March 21, 2018
With ZiPline Conveyor, we want anyone to look at the model name and instantly know what type of conveyor it is. To do this, our naming convention identifies three key features of any conveyor system--belt surface, conveyor function, and power type. Read: Decoding Your ZiPline Conveyor Model Name

5 Tips for Attending Trade Shows Like an Expert

March 16, 2018
If you’ve never attended a trade show before, they can be a bit daunting; however, with proper preparation, they can provide you with a lot of exposure to new trends and technologies within a relatively short period of time! Read: Attending Trade Shows Like an Expert

How Can Internet of Things (IoT) Tracking Help Recover Assets?

March 14, 2018
From theft to damaged goods, there is a disconnect in the current supply chain. The Internet of Things is quickly changing how we track, manage, and recover assets. What can you do today to ensure your products are shipped on time and uninterrupted? Read More: How Can Internet of Things (IoT) Tracking Help Recover Assets?

Your Pallet Racking Guide: Insider Tips on Selecting and Installing

March 08, 2018
Pallet racking is a common storage solution in warehouses, distribution centers, and manufacturing facilities of any size. Although common, there are many options to consider, so it’s good to understand your objectives before jumping into the proposal process. Read: Tips on Purchasing & Installing Pallet Rack

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe: Picking the Best Supply Chain Trade Organizations

March 02, 2018
Welcome to the world of distribution…or is it supply chain….or maybe logistics? Whatever you call it, your objective is to get something from one place to another. There are hundreds of thousands of people working to do the same. Wouldn't it be great if you could find those people and learn from them? Read: Picking the Best Supply Chain Trade Organizations

The Highway to Success – Enhancing the Value of the Workforce through Automation

February 28, 2018
Last year, MHI published its “Material Handling & Logistics US Roadmap 2.0”. The Roadmap explains how changing trends in the workforce, technology, consumers and logistics infrastructure will impact material handling and logistics through 2030. One of the biggest changes we see occurring is the relationship between the workforce and technology. Read: Enhancing the Value of the Workforce Through Automation

It’s the Little Things: How Anti-Fatigue Mats Make a Big Impact

February 23, 2018
It’s easy to focus on highly automated material handling solutions, especially when these systems have technologies such as fast-moving robots, conveyor, or software. However, it’s just as important to focus on the basics of a material handling environment, including ergonomic products like anti-fatigue mats. Read: How Anti-Fatigue Mats Make a Big Impact

Industrial Real Estate Considerations for Goods-to-Person Technologies

February 21, 2018
Just as the internet has been an enabler for e-commerce, today’s modern goods-to-person (GTP) automation technologies have been an enabler for e-commerce order fulfillment, especially when those orders are delivered on the promise of next-day or same-day delivery. Continue Reading: GTP Tech Impacts Building Design

Automated Order Routing: A Keystone of Your Warehouse Control System

February 16, 2018
From intelligent modules, to proactive monitoring, and complete data visibility into your operations; Automated Order Routing is a software system that will be the keystone to holding your entire operation together. Read: Automated Order Routing Defined

How the New Tax Law Could Impact Material Handling

February 14, 2018
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that President Trump signed into law this past December was the most comprehensive overhaul of the US tax code in over 30 years.  The law contains significant changes to both individual and corporate tax rates.  There is little doubt the law will impact all Americans in some manner or another, but what impact will the tax law have on the material handling industry? Read: Tax Law Impact on Material Handling

3 Keys to a Successful Warehouse Management System Implementation

February 09, 2018
Purchasing a new warehouse management system (WMS) can bring levels of uncertainty. You want to ensure it's installed correctly and smoothly and your employees are properly trained. To do so, here are 3 steps to a successful WMS implementation. Read: 3 Keys to a Successful WMS Implementation

How to Select a Warehouse Management System

February 06, 2018
Searching for a new warehouse management system (WMS) can be a complicated matter. It is very important to have a plan for success before starting, and then work that plan to the best of your ability. Read: How to Select a Warehouse Management System

Is Mobile Pallet Racking the Right Fit for Your Warehouse?

February 01, 2018
In today’s world, we are continuously looking for ways to cut operating costs, maximize the capacity in our facilities, and become more efficient in our everyday processes. As industrial space becomes more difficult to find, mobile pallet racking is emerging as a viable solution. Read: Is Mobile Pallet Racking the Right Fit for Your Warehouse?

Mini-Load ASRS: What is it & why does Australia need it?

January 24, 2018
ASRS is the short way of saying “Automated Storage and Retrieval System.” Although these systems have been around for several years, many in warehousing facilities have not heard of it, and those who have might not exactly understand what it is or how it could benefit their operations. Read: Mini-Load ASRS in Australia
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3 Dock Door Equipment Options for a Warmer and Safer Winter

January 17, 2018
Many parts of the U.S. have felt the full force of a ‘bombogenesis’ nor’easter and overall freezing temperatures this season, making it a great time to consider ways to make sure your facility is protected against mother nature. Here are three options for dock door equipment to improve the safety and comfort of your facility. Read: 3 Dock Door Equipment Options for a Warmer and Safer Winter

Supervisão das Instalações de Manuseio de Materiais no Exterior

January 12, 2018
Supervisionar uma instalação de equipamentos como em outras áreas requer atenção, paciência e obviamente o conhecimento técnico necessário, tanto para lidar com os técnicos como com o cliente. Leia o Artigo

Don’t Let Wash-Down Conveyor Leave You Feeling Drowned

January 10, 2018
Often times, when people think of wash-down conveyor, stainless steel comes to mind. That's correct, but there are several key components to successful wash-down conveyor. They are complicated as long as you work with a trusted vendor. Read: Getting Started with Wash-Down Conveyor

5 Ways to Optimize Your Warehouse Processes with Microsoft Access

January 03, 2018
If your warehouse management system provides countless amounts of raw data, a database management program such as Microsoft Access can help you maximize all that valuable information. Read: 5 Ways to Optimize with Microsoft Access

10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

December 28, 2017
Constraints such as omni-channel distribution and speed to delivery have really put a strain on overall operations.  Given the immense challenges faced today, DC managers and facility engineers should work to avoid the following 10 common warehousing mistakes. Read: 10 Common Warehousing Mistakes to Avoid This Year

6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

December 21, 2017
Many of us think about winterizing our car or home, but your conveyor system also needs protection from cold temperatures. In this article, we will discuss six areas to consider when installing conveyor and other material handling equipment in cold rooms or freezers. Read: 6 Considerations when Integrating Cold Room Conveyor

The Magic Behind Online Shopping

December 19, 2017
E-commerce fulfillment is on the rise and investing in automating these facilities streamlines operational processes. Through the use of robotic ASRS, supply chain software, and conveyor sortation, fulfillment centers are beginning to look a lot like high-tech versions of Santa's workshop. Read: The Magic Behind Online Shopping
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20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer in 2017

December 04, 2017
For our fourth year, we're bringing you our annual list of top 20 awesome gifts to get an engineer for 2017. We polled our team of engineers to find out what was on their wish list, and they had some excellent ideas for engineers of all ages. Read: Top 20 Gifts for an Engineer 2017

How to Quickly Build Mixed Layer Pallets

November 21, 2017
Layer picking is a high-rate, high-SKU order fulfillment application used in warehouses across many industries to increase efficiencies and reduce fulfillment costs.  Layer picking operations are made even more efficient when combined with pallet flow racking equipped with specialty separators. Read: How to Quickly Build Mixed Layer Pallets

Collaborative Robots Part 2: Benefits and Expanding Capabilities

November 16, 2017
Industrial robots play a large part in the automation of industrial environments, but collaborative robots are expanding the realm of possibility. In part two of our series, we’re discussing the benefits of collaborative robots, and why that makes them a growing piece of today's modern manufacturing and distribution puzzle. Read: Collaborative Robot Benefits

Collaborative Robots Part 1: Pros, Cons, and Applications

November 14, 2017
Once you know the strengths and weaknesses of cobots, where do they make the most sense?  Typically, they’ll find homes in applications where they move light products relatively slowly. Read: Collaborative Robots Part 1

Robótica e a otimização de espaço de armazenagem

November 10, 2017
Apesar da tecnologia de armazenagem e retirada automatizada (ASRS) não ser exatamente recente, é notável o nível de desenvolvimento e sua capacidade de solucionar problemas complexos otimizando processos logísticos economizando espaços ao máximo. Leia: Robótica e a otimização de espaço de armazenagem

Using Virtual Reality for Material Handling System Design

November 07, 2017
Virtual reality is the next disruptive technology making its way into many different industries and applications, including material handling systems design. Learn more about BastianVR and how our team is using it to help customers visualize their system investments. Read: Virtual Reality for Material Handling System Design

Artificial Intelligence: Hype or Game Changer

November 01, 2017
Artificial intelligence (AI) has been in the news a lot lately.  Self-driving cars, smart personal assistants (e.g. Amazon’s Alexa), and recommendation engines that serve up your favorite movies and books, are all exciting AI applications that you have probably heard about.  There are, though, many more, including in material handling automation. Read: AI - Hype or Game Changer

From the “Other Side” – Perspectives from a Systems Integration Rookie

October 19, 2017
Material Handling is not as large of a household term as many of us would like, but once you have product that needs handled, you must know certain levels about the industry. Here's my first material handling systems integration experience. Read: Perspectives from a Systems Integration Rookie

Supply Chain Software: What are Unit Tests and Why Should You Care?

October 11, 2017
Unit testing has become quite the buzzword over the past several years, but what is and why should you care? Learn more about this process and how it can help. Read: What are Unit Tests and Why Should You Care?

Zone Skipping Your Way to Increased Profits in Ecommerce Distribution

October 05, 2017
Zone skipping is a logistics technique where companies ship their products directly to sorting facilities close to the final ship-to destination.  Zone skipping can result in a significant savings as the costs associated with multiple sort and transfer points by the carrier are eliminated. Read: Zone Skipping Your Way to Increased Profits

A 3-Step Method to Warehouse Optimization

September 27, 2017
While there are many different areas and processes you can focus on when attempting to optimize your warehouse, this three-step method can be applied to all areas of your warehouse in one form or another. Read: A 3-Step Method to Warehouse Optimization

3 Space-Saving Conveyor Support Alternatives

September 21, 2017
Conveyors are often routed through all parts of a facility at various elevations. Supporting these conveyors while maintaining critical floor space and walk ways creates a unique challenge. Here are three conveyor support alternatives to help you maximize floor space. Read: 3 Space-Saving Conveyor Support Alternatives

The Importance of Installation Drawings for Your Material Handling System

September 15, 2017
Material handling system drawings are a key tool when proposing a new system to a customer or vendor, so if they don’t make sense, it can hinder proposal discussions and the final outcome of the system installation. Read: The Importance of Installation Drawings for Your Material Handling System

Is Your Machine Race Ready?

September 13, 2017
Downtime can be one of the most expensive costs to a business. Minutes and even seconds are critical in a high volume facility. Almost every machine in the industry will come with some type of preventive measures to ensure it runs smoothly. Take the time and COMPLETE your PM checks. Read: Is Your Machine Race Ready?

Mobile Robotics: Uma solução que combina Robôs e mobilidade

September 08, 2017
A precisão robótica significa menos preocupação com erros e limitações no processo de “picking”. Tenha ganhos de performance com a capacidade de operar 03 turnos sem a necessidade de recarregar a sua frota. A solução “Mobile Robotic” posiciona seu processo de expedição acima dos padrões de mercado. Read: Uma solução que combina Robôs e mobilidade

Business Intelligence in Modern Material Handling

September 06, 2017
As consumer needs get more demanding, material handling companies must keep pace and stay competitive.  There is a plethora of unique technologies for developing a warehousing solution, and with all of these, the ability to monitor the system and make meaningful decisions is crucial. Enter business intelligence... Read: Business Intelligence in Modern Material Handling

18 Essential Pallet Racking Guidelines

August 30, 2017
The material handling industry is abundant with new technologies and innovations. In the background of all this fancy new technology is a variety of less exciting, but equally important equipment, including pallet racking. Read: 18 Essential Pallet Racking Guidelines

Beyond Conveyor: The Evolution of Material Handling Technology

August 24, 2017
Whenever asked about my job, most questions revolve around conveyor and racking, but I can’t help but wonder why the scope of the industry ends there, or at least the perception of it. Today's material handling technology is impressive and more advanced than ever before. Read: The Evolution of Material Handling Technology

Information Security and Its Beneficial Role in Warehousing

August 21, 2017
If you think information security only applies to encrypting sensitive data and protecting against data breaches, what would you think if I told you that you were only scratching the surface of information security? Read: Information Security and Its Beneficial Role in Warehousing

Up, Up, & Away: Spiral Conveyor vs. Incline Conveyor

August 16, 2017
In a perfect world, every conveyor system would be flat. However, this is hardly ever the case. People, equipment, walls, and daily operations always seem to get in the way. Therefore we must go over, under, or around. Read: Spiral Conveyor vs. Incline Conveyor

Which Sortation Technology is Correct for Your Application?

August 09, 2017
There are many different technologies to choose from when selecting a sortation conveyor, and each solution should be compared to ensure that the correct sorter is used to meet your system needs. Let's explore the options. Read: Exploring Your Sortation Technology Options
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On-Demand Packaging Saves Time, Space and Money

August 03, 2017
Have you heard anyone talk about “on demand packaging”, “right sizing boxes”, or “custom box making”? These terms refer to using box making equipment to deliver the sizes of boxes you really need, when you need them. Here's why it's beneficial. Read: The Benefits of On-Demand Packaging

A Beginner's Guide to Order Picking Technologies

August 01, 2017
Time to impress upper management with four picking technologies you should know when beginning a career in the supply chain. Read: A Beginner's Guide to Picking Technologies

4 Tips for New Engineers Starting Their First Job

July 27, 2017
So you just graduated from an engineering school, and you had a couple interviews with a company that went pretty well. With a sigh of relief, you’ve managed to convince them that you know stuff about things. You may have even convinced yourself of the same. For a time. Read: 4 Tips for New Engineers Starting Their First Job

Configuring Your AutoStore System: 5 Design Parameters

July 25, 2017
AutoStore is an automated, high density warehouse storage system designed and manufactured by Norway’s Hatteland Group (although now owned by Sweden’s EQT Partners). The system is modular and uses standard components, which makes its configurability nearly endless. Read: Configuring Your AutoStore System
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AC/DC: Selecting AC Powered Conveyor vs. DC Powered Conveyor

July 20, 2017
Conveyors can be complicated to understand until you break them down into their individual components and understand what they do for your system. A good place to start when understanding your conveyor system is AC (alternating current) powered conveyor versus DC (direct current) powered conveyor.

Is it Time to Automate Your Machine Tending?

July 18, 2017
With the continued advancement of the automotive industry and the high demand placed on manufacturers, is it time to automate your machine tending operation? Read: It is Time to Automate your Machine Tending?

Automação e Software Supply Chain

July 14, 2017
O software WMS (warehouse management system) é o mais velho conhecido sistema de suporte de operações em armazéns, faz o controle de inventário, processa o recebimento, ordens de armazenagem, ordens de separação e envio. Read: Automação e Software Supply Chain

Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

July 11, 2017
Modern manufacturing facilities are relying on new technologies and innovations to produce higher quality products at faster speeds with lower costs. Implementing more intelligent software and hardware is the only way to compete; however, those technologies have levels. Read: Manufacturing Automation, Material Handling, and the 21st Century

The Truth about Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)

July 06, 2017
When selling software, market transparency is a key. Ideally you want the best solution when it comes to functionality, flexibility, and return on investment without over spending. Avoid any company that tries to oversell on modules that do not directly affect your bottom line. Read: The Truth About Warehouse Management Systems

The Death of Brick and Mortar Retail…Not So Fast!

June 29, 2017
Never in our lifetimes have we seen such as change in the retail supply chain. The traditional process of regional distribution centers shipping to brick and mortar stores has been significantly altered by online fulfillment from the likes of Amazon.com and an ever-growing list of online retailers. Read: The Death of Brick and Mortar Retail

Preventing Common Warehouse Safety Hazards

June 27, 2017
Although safety is a year-round concern, June is National Safety Month, so it's the perfect time to look at the most common warehouse safety hazards and how to prevent them. Read: Preventing Common Warehouse Safety Hazards

Is Your Warehouse Traffic Resembling a Busy Interstate?

June 22, 2017
Self-driving cars are the future of our roads, but manufacturing and distribution centers have been using autonomous vehicles for years. Are AGVs right for you? Read: AGVs Assist with Warehouse Traffic
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A Review of the Distribution Automation Landscape in Mexico

June 16, 2017
We all know and believe that automation is the future (and in some cases, the present), but what’s different for Mexico and LATAM (Latin America) in general? Why is it so difficult to take that first step to automate material handling processes in those countries? Read: A Review of the Distribution Automation Landscape in Mexico

Back to School: Choosing the Right Employee Lockers

June 13, 2017
Now that we are all grown up (in body more so than in mind), lockers can be even more important than back in school. They store the items we need for work, a change of clothes, give us space for personal items, and allow us to feel at home with a personal space of our own. Read: Choosing the Right Employee Lockers

A Supply Chain Software Comparison: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

June 07, 2017
The evolution of supply chain management has introduced a new breed of supply chain software, but what are the differences between the "big three"? Let's examine the functionality of WMS, WCS, and WES. Read: A Supply Chain Software Comparison: WMS vs. WCS vs. WES

A Conveyor Poem

June 02, 2017
Conveyor doesn't have to be all business. Have some fun with this short poem all about the life of a hardworking warehouse conveyor. Read: A Conveyor Poem
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Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS): A Beginner's Guide

May 31, 2017
Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) are not new technologies. They actually became commercially available in the 50’s and 60’s. Since then, there have been vast improvements. Is an ASRS right for your warehouse? Let’s dive into this technology to find out. Read: Should You Consider an Automated Storage and Retrieval System
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Your Guide to Critical Spare Parts

May 26, 2017
Have you ever driven down the highway and noticed someone standing along the roadside next to their automobile, waiting for road service? You glance down and see they have a flat tire and NO SPARE! What has this down time cost them? Read: Your Guide to Critical Spare Parts

Now is the Time to Replace RF with Voice Picking Technology

May 23, 2017
Warehouse picking technologies have developed immensely over the past 15 years. Offerings range from paper pick lists and light directed picking, all the way to goods-to-man technologies. Depending on throughput, budgets, and space requirements, each of these have their place in the warehouse logistics world. Read: Now is the Time to Replace RF with Voice Picking Technology

How to Select the Right Industrial Casters

May 18, 2017
Casters, like most day-to-day items, are often overlooked—until they don’t work. From carts to portable gravity conveyor and work stations, there are a lot of components within a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing plant that often utilize them. So if you haven’t replaced a caster in a while, the time is likely coming. Read: How to Select the Right Industrial Casters

4 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Goods-to-Person Solutions

May 16, 2017
Over the past few years, the phrase “goods to person” has become mainstream. As distribution facilities look to service customers more quickly, optimize warehouse space, and improve accuracy of order fulfillment, goods-to-person technologies have become a realistic option to accomplish these goals. Read: 4 Questions to Ask Before Selecting Goods-to-Person Solutions
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Navigating the World of Automated Warehouse Vehicles

May 12, 2017
The world of automated warehouse vehicles can be confusing. Just consider the various types of available guidance systems: wire-guidance, magnetic tape and magnetic paint, laser-guidance, inertial navigation, and camera based imaging (i.e. vision-guidance). When you factor in the type of vehicle, e.g. tugger, unit load, custom, etc., the task of selecting a specific platform can be overwhelming. Read: Navigating the World of Automated Warehouse Vehicles

How to Increase Meeting Effectiveness

May 09, 2017
Communication is key in any business! We're often managing meetings with people in various locations and time zones, both internal and external resources. Each employee's communication manner directly impacts the image of both the employee and the company. Read: Increase Meeting Effectiveness

When It’s Right to Use Wide Span Bulk Shelving, “It’s Right”

May 05, 2017
Storage is a key component of every warehouse. Oftentimes it involves pallet rack, but in many instances smaller, bulk storage is needed. This is the perfect application for wide span bulk shelving. Here is run down on the basics of bulk shelving for your warehouse, manufacturing plant, or distribution center. Read: The Basics of Wide Span Bulk Shelving

The 5 W's Behind an AutoStore Goods-To-Person System

May 02, 2017
Goods-to-person systems are taking the material handling automation industry by storm. One of these technologies is AutoStore, and it’s worth taking a more detailed look. Below are the who, what, when, where and why of AutoStore systems. Read: The 5 W’s Behind an AutoStore Goods-To-Person System
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An Engineering Consultant’s View of ProMat

April 27, 2017
ProMat and Automate offered the perfect platform to see an amazing array of technologies and speak with developers first hand. For any company looking to automate, there were plenty of solutions to review and discuss. Read: A Consultant's View of ProMat

Get a Grip on Your Pallet Handling

April 25, 2017
When looking for a pallet handling solution, knowing the key questions to be answered and the crucial information regarding your product and process is critical. Read: Get a Grip on Your Pallet Handling

Supply Chain Software Making a Big Impact for Small Business & Startups

April 20, 2017
Large companies have teams of statisticians, data scientists and engineers to solve complex logistical problems. Companies like Amazon invest millions of dollars for small improvements to their already lean and efficient operations. But what about companies just starting off in warehouse distribution? How can these companies plan for growth while maintaining small, budget friendly operations? Read: Supply Chain Software Making a Big Impact for Small Business & Startups

Carton Flow Rack: Which Type is Right for you?

April 13, 2017
Carton flow rack is one of the many places in the material handling world where gravity is used to assist in the transportation of products. Carton flow utilizes a slightly declined array of rollers or skate wheels to provide an efficient, steady supply of product to an employee picking product for various applications. Read: Carton Flow Rack Types

Bastian Solutions Unveils Its ZiPline Conveyor Shoe Sorter

March 28, 2017
Bastian Solutions is proud to introduce a shoe sorter as the newest addition to its ZiPline Conveyor product line. Over the years, our team has integrated and installed many shoe sorter designs. Using that experience, we are proud to manufacture our own shoe sorter, featuring some unique design improvements. Read: ZiPline Conveyor Shoe Sorter Unveiled

Augmented Reality (AR): The Future of Supply Chains?

March 24, 2017
Augmented reality and virtual reality are new technologies being applied to the ever evolving supply chain. Integrating these devices with warehouse software, picking processes, and robotics could be the future of distribution and manufacturing operations. Read: Augmented Reality (AR): The Future of Supply Chains?

Click and Collect: Stores Become Retail Distribution Centers

March 17, 2017
Today’s retail stores are evolving, but what does the future hold? Could AGVs or augmented reality speed order picking and take fulfillment to the next level? In the future, will we ever have to go into a store again? Read: Stores Becoming Retail Distribution Centers

Industry 4.0 - Are you Prepared for the Winds of Change?

March 15, 2017
Industry 4.0 poses massive implications for OEMs and equipment suppliers who don't keep their feet under them. Industry 4.0 is already paving a viable future for manufacturing and distribution advancement. The first gusts are here, and it begs a proper storm warning. Read: Industry 4.0 - Are you Prepared?

4 Benefits of Material Handling System Simulation

March 08, 2017
Modern material handling systems employ increasingly complex hardware and software to optimize material flow and order fulfillment. As such, committing to a new design, or to modifications of an existing system, can become a daunting task. Learn how simulations can help. Read: 4 Benefits of Material Handling System Simulation

7 Tips for Selecting the Right Conveyor Type

March 02, 2017
There are many items to consider when selecting a conveyor type for a project. Each item has it’s own importance and will impact conveyor selection. Use the following criteria to make the best choice for your operation.

How Wire Shelving Increases Facility Safety and Versatility

February 22, 2017
There are two key underlying fundamentals that all successful warehousing, distribution, and manufacturing facilities have – safety and versatility. Implementing wire shelving has many advantages that meet both of these fundamentals. Read: How Wire Shelving Increases Facility Safety and Versatility

If Julia Child Upped Her Throughput: Food Grade Conveyor 101

February 16, 2017
As standards of food manufacturing and distribution change with new mandates, food manufacturers and processors sometimes struggle to keep up. The regulations may require facilities to modify their existing material handling equipment for new, updated equipment that meets current standards. This article sheds light on which conveyor is best for conveying various food products. Read: Food Grade Conveyor 101

Can 3D Printing be Additive to the Supply Chain?

February 14, 2017
From prosthesis, to robotics, food, and even guns, 3D printing has been making headlines in recent years. 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been around longer than most think. Read: Can 3D Printing be Additive to the Supply Chain?

Project Management: A Tool for a Successful Automation Implementation

February 09, 2017
Project management is a critical piece to any successful automation system implementation. From the development stage to go live, the project manager must ensure all is going as planned and as the customer needs it. Here is an overview of what a good project manager should cover. Read: Project Management for Successful Automation Implementation

Top 10 Things to Know About Robotic Palletizing

February 07, 2017
There are many factors to consider when implementing a robotic palletizer. What goes into creating an efficient and robust palletizer, and what can determine the overall success of your solution? Here are ten important aspects of robotic palletizing systems you should know. Read: Top 10 Things to Know About Robotic Palletizing

Carton Flow Rack: Roller vs. Wheel

February 02, 2017
By definition, carton flow rack is easy to understand; a form of shelving that uses a rear load design, as an item is removed from the front the item directly behind it takes its place. The idea gets to be distinctly harder to comprehend when choosing between rollers and wheels for your carton flow. Read: Carton Flow Rack: Roller vs. Wheel

Key Considerations When Designing Goods-to-Person Systems

January 26, 2017
The ever-increasing need to satisfy customers in the world of order fulfillment is causing the warehouse and distribution industries to consider more efficient and cost-effective solutions to satisfy the need. This has lead many companies to implement, or consider, higher-automation solutions that include goods-to-person technologies. Read: Key Considerations When Designing Goods-to-Person Systems

E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

January 24, 2017
A movie, pizza, pair of shoes, microwave…your new material handling system. All these things and anything else you can think of are now available with a few keystrokes and a click of a mouse. All this buying is not only driving the retail market, but also growing other businesses. Read: E-Commerce, the Economy, and Our On Demand World

Paper Handling Success Story: Using Standard Conveyor in a New Way

January 18, 2017
When we come across items that are difficult to handle, this often leads us to designing and manufacturing custom equipment to get the job done. However, for a recent customer, we were able to modify one of our standard conveyor models, the T-Rex transfer, to solve the issue. Read: Paper Handling Success Story

Y tú ya has comprado por internet? Como estar preparado para el Boom del e-commerce en México

January 16, 2017
Cada día vemos como están llegando nuevos servicios de comercio electrónico a los retailers que ya conocemos, así como nuevos jugadores. Esto porque todos quieren ser parte de los USD 3.2 B que representa e-retail, con un crecimiento del 15% sostenido. Leer: Preparación para el boom del e-commerce en México

What to Look for When Sizing Up High Capacity Industrial Trailers

January 11, 2017
There are many applications for high capacity industrial trailers in industry today. A couple examples may include handling aluminum slabs, coils, and die handling. Capacities can quickly exceed a hundred thousand pounds or more, and it is essential to match the right trailer components with your warehouse or manufacturing application. Read: 10 Considerations for Industrial Trailers

Tesla VS Edison la guerra de la corriente, Conveyors un nuevo campo de Batalla

January 06, 2017
Precisamente en el momento en donde el nombre de Tesla comienza a ganar su lugar en la historia, donde cada día se conoce mucho más de su genio incomprendido y nos hacemos partícipes de todas las mejoras que ayudaron a moldear mejor el mundo actual vengo a reavivar la llama de la famosa guerra entre la corriente directa y la corriente continua que se libró hace más de un siglo. Leer: Tesla VS Edison la guerra de la corriente

The Top 4 Benefits of a Robotic Document Inserter

January 04, 2017
A Robotic Document Inserter can accurately place the proper paperwork into your case or carton every time and can ease the demand on your operational team. Read: The Top Benefits of a Robotic Document Inserter

The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

December 21, 2016
With an unprecedented ability to compare prices and shop around without ever leaving the house, more and more people are utilizing E-commerce. So how are successful E-commerce companies setting themselves apart? Read on to find out. Read: The Whole 9 Yards on E-Commerce

The Do’s and Don’ts of Conveyor Roller Replacement

December 15, 2016
Understanding what information to have on hand when ordering replacement conveyor rollers can remove a lot of guess work, reducing the risk of ordering incorrect rollers and not having the correct parts available when equipment breaks down. Read: Do's and Don'ts of Replacing Conveyor Rollers

20 STEM educational gifts perfect for aspiring engineers this holiday season

December 13, 2016
Our list of STEM gifts for the 2016 holiday season will not disappoint the budding engineer in your life. From one year of age and up, these toys make the perfect gift for growing, young minds! Continue Reading: 20 STEM educational gifts for aspiring engineers
Posted in Education

5 Passos para uma Implementação de Automação Logística bem Sucedida

December 09, 2016
O sucesso de uma solução de manuseio de materiais bem implementada depende de alguns passos importantes a seguir. Um bom manuseamento de materiais integrador siga estes passos para garantir que o projeto for bem sucedido, e que o cliente está satisfeito. Rear o artigo completo

Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

December 07, 2016
A customer who is ready and willing to take ownership of their new automation system is more likely to be successful Continue Reading: Taking Ownership of Your New Automation System

20 Awesome Gifts to Get an Engineer for 2016

November 29, 2016
Take a look at our annual holiday list, carefully crafted by our engineers for engineers to enjoy this holiday season. Whether the engineer on your list wants something simple or is crossing his or her fingers for a Tesla, we have the right list to make your holiday season magical. Continue Reading: 20 Awesome Gifts To Get An Engineer

I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

November 22, 2016
As Thanksgiving approaches, I would like to admit that I am very thankful for same day shipping. Yes, of course this comes behind my family, friends, home, etc. However as part of a two-working-parent household with two young boys, this convenience is a lifesaver. Continue Reading: I am Thankful for….Same Day Shipping!

Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

November 08, 2016
You are now the proud owner of a ZiPline conveyor, and maybe you are starting to wonder what exactly the next step is. Possibly this is the first conveyor you have ever purchased to which I will be the first to say congratulations on taking the efficiency of your operations seriously and making a bold step to transition to an automated facility. This is likely a little scary, a little exciting, and a little costly compared to previous modes of operation, but don’t worry, you’re in good hands. Read: Your First ZiPline Conveyor and the Basics of Owning It

Is the World ready for the New Frontier of Robotic End of Arm Tooling?

November 01, 2016
With recent innovations in technology, Robotic End of Arm Tooling concepts are rapidly becoming a reality in today's manufacturing environment. These innovations are helping manufacturers increase productivity and efficiency in their operations. Read: The New Frontier of Robotic End of Arm Tooling

Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

October 25, 2016
With a large population that possesses a more-than-comfortable purchasing power, Europe creates a space where goods must move a lot, which makes automated solutions in both production and distribution a necessity. Read: Bringing an Independent Systems Integrator to the European Market

3 Considerations to Prep Your Order Fulfillment for Black Friday

October 17, 2016
In order to be best prepared for seasonal peaks such as Black Friday and its potential 10:1 volume spike, distribution leadership must begin looking at how their warehouses are set up.

Taking Your Warehouse to Another Level (Literally!) with Elevated Platforms

October 13, 2016
If you've maximized the floor space of your current facility, you might be thinking of making an expensive move. But another option to consider is using the full volume of your facility and investing in your vertical space with elevated platforms. Read: Taking Your Warehouse to Another Level

What if Selecting your Material Handling Integrator was like Electing your Next President

October 11, 2016
Like a presidential election, selecting an automation partner is based on understanding what the candidate is trying to accomplish, their experience, and their trustworthiness. Thankfully, material handling integrators do not have to be elected, but just for fun, we explored what it would be like if they were. Read: Electing a Material Handling Integrator

Tecnologia Avançada de Separação de Pedidos traz Melhorias para Operadores de E-Commerce

October 07, 2016
Acompanhando o grande sucesso do e-commerce é fácil imaginar como é crítico e eficiente o processo de separação de pedidos de empresas de e-commerce. Seus clientes esperam receber seus pedidos cada vez mais rápido e por outro lado o único caminho de atender as expectativas é usando sistemas automáticos ao invés de operação manual. Ler: Tecnologia Avançada traz Melhorias para Operadores de E-Commerce

WMS Implementation Strategies: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine

October 05, 2016
Cloud-based Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) have been around for 4 to 5 years. Up to now, customers of these systems have been primarily smaller companies or startup companies that do not have the infrastructure or financial strength to implement a full-fledged, on premise, WMS. Read more about the state of cloud-based WMS

Fluid Loading and Unloading: It’s Really Cut and Dry

September 28, 2016
Loading and unloading a moving truck by hand is a task that we despise in our personal lives and yet a very similar task is performed everyday across the world by thousands of businesses and tens of thousands of people. Here are three conveyor options to improve your fluid loading process.

Importância do Integrador na solução de automação para manuseio e movimentação de material

September 22, 2016
O Brasil segue se desenvolvendo na área de logística tanto em tecnologia como também em processos. Um novo e importante papel que começa a fazer diferença, é o Integrador. Ler: Importância do Integrador na solução de automação

How to Select and Optimize Cost Effective Material Handling Systems

September 20, 2016
In any distribution or manufacturing operation, material must be moved from point A to point B. This movement is not free; so whether it is people, conveyors, or automated guided vehicles (AGVs) being used to transport goods, the cost to move material has a significant impact on a company’s bottom line. Read: Selecting Cost Effective Material Handling Systems

Bastian Solutions na Movimat 2016, de 20 à 22 Setembro (Expo Center Norte – SP)

September 14, 2016
A Bastian Solutions irá participar da Movimat 2016, que ocorrerá no período de 20 a 22 de Setembro no Expo Center Norte em São Paulo - SP. Ler: Bastian Solutions na Movimat 2016

Top 10 Things to Know About Industrial Robots

September 08, 2016
The need to reduce labor cost, improve ergonomics, maximize system efficiency and speed, and improve product quality has never been more vital than right now. Here are ten important aspects of industrial robotic systems you should know. Read: Top 10 Things to Know About Industrial Robots

Sorting Through Sorters: Your Guide to Sortation Conveyor

September 01, 2016
The heart of most distribution centers today is sortation. If it is applied correctly, products are efficiently routed to appropriate areas of the facility. Applied incorrectly, and the consequences can be catastrophic, often times costing companies millions of dollars in wasted labor and non-value added processes. Read: Your Guide to Sortation Conveyors

Pallet Dispenser Essentials

August 24, 2016
One of the most vital parts of any palletizing system is a pallet dispenser. Pallet dispensers automate the infeed of an empty pallet at regular intervals into the system. This automatic infeed increases the overall efficiency of the system by leaving operators available to tend to different parts of the same line, or even a different line altogether. Read: Pallet Dispenser Essentials

Be the Box:  Using Visualization to Create a Better Material Handling System Design

August 19, 2016
When creating your material handling system design, visualizing your product's path and any potential bottlenecks ensures an efficient design that will be successful now and in the future. Read: Visualization for Better Material Handling System Design
Posted in System Automation

Leaning on Smart Manufacturing

August 16, 2016
In the modern world of industrial robots and manufacturing, there are many new and innovative ideals being proposed as guidelines to streamline the mechanisms cranking out the incredible magnitude of products populating our world today. For instance, the Lean Manufacturing movement. Read: Leaning on Smart Manufacturing

Dress Up Your Pallet Rack With Accessories

August 12, 2016
To take full advantage of your pallet rack investment, you should also consider some common accessories to ensure the safety and longevity of its use. These accessories can include wire decking, row spacers, and column protectors to name a few. Read: Dress Up Your Pallet Rack With Accessories

What Does a Material Handling Systems Integrator Do and How Can It Benefit My Business?

August 10, 2016
If you're wondering why you've been directed to a material handling systems integrator by an OEM or if you stumbled across a website in an attempt to learn more, then here's some information on the benefits of a systems integrator and what you should expect. Read: Benefits of a Material Handling Systems Integrator
Posted in System Automation

5 Tips on Project Requirements Definition

August 04, 2016
It would be nice if you could download the ideas for your next project to someone else, but today you have to define project requirements. That term is used often and everyone has a different idea of what constitutes a “requirement”. Read: 5 Tips on Project Requirements Definition

A Guide to Dock Boards and Dock Plates

July 26, 2016
Any facility you go into that requires material handling equipment, will most likely have one, if not more, dock doors. Dock doors are the life line to get your customers product in and out of the facility. So, how do you handle the transition from the carrier (via truck) to getting the product into the building and back out? Read: Guide to Dock Boards and Plates

Spare Parts and Why You Need Them

July 20, 2016
Whether you require conveyor system spare parts, robotic spare parts, or other spare parts inventory, having those critical items on hand is key to keeping your material handling system at maximum uptime. Read: Spare Parts and Why You Need Them

Pallet Rack Systems: Structural vs. Roll Form Pallet Racking

July 13, 2016
Choosing the correct type and style of pallet rack system is critical in ensuring your warehouse space is efficiently utilized on the first day of use and for years to come. Whether selective, drive-in, pallet flow or some other type of rack is best suited for your application, determining whether to use roll form or structural components is a decision that should not be overlooked. Read: Structural vs. Roll Form Pallet Racking

How to Choose and Work with a Robotics Integrator

July 07, 2016
Choosing the proper integrator to partner with to accomplish an organization’s strategic goals for robotic automation is not a trivial task. Companies have several avenues that they explore when it comes to gathering information, soliciting bids, evaluating, and selecting an integration partner. Read: How to Choose a Robotics Integrator

Making Sense of "All the Things"

July 05, 2016
RF scanning devices, conveyor photo eyes, and warehouse management software are a few of the elements that contribute to the warehouse Internet of Things. Take the concept a step further by mining data from the operation to feed business intelligence software and you have the Internet of Everything. Read: Making Sense of "All the Things"

5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

June 24, 2016
The challenge of how to best move materials efficiently though the facility is something that keeps many operation managers scratching their heads. Generally, as product volume dictates, carts are brought into the equation and then non-powered trucks or conveyor. But when is it right to invest in conveyor for your material transport? Read: 5 Reasons to Utilize Conveyors Over Carts for Material Transport

Organize Your Warehouse with the Right Industrial Containers

June 22, 2016
For all of us in the northern hemisphere, it’s officially summer time, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late for a little spring cleaning. If your facility could benefit from improved storage and organization, there is a wide variety of industrial containers from which you can choose based on your storage needs. Read: Organize Your Warehouse with the Right Industrial Containers

Accumulation Conveyor 101: Understanding Minimum and Zero Pressure

June 16, 2016
When designing your conveyor system, you will most likely find yourself in need of some sort of accumulation conveyor. Whether that accumulation is belted or roller, minimum or zero pressure, or fixed zone or dynamic, Bastian Solutions is here to help. Read: Accumulation Conveyor 101

5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

June 10, 2016
Selecting the right conveyor for your operation can be difficult. There are many brands and types to consider based on your application, goals, and environment. Although our team is always available to help you in the conveyor selection process, here are 5 steps to get you started. Read: 5 Easy Steps to Choosing a Conveyor

It is Not Bad to Be Wrong: Learning is a Journey

June 08, 2016
Even though I have been in the industry for nearly six years, I still see myself as a fresh out of college engineer. During those six years, I have had many memorable learning experiences where I have translated classroom knowledge into real-world applications. Without a doubt, my biggest and most important learning experiences have come when I or my team made a mistake. Read: It is Not Bad to Be Wrong: Learning is a Journey

How to Specify Your Conveyor Safety Netting

June 01, 2016
Overhead conveyor is a common and useful component of many material handling system designs. It saves valuable floor space and can provide a safer working environment for employees as long the proper safety features are included. One key safety component of overhead conveyor is safety netting. Read: How to Specify Conveyor Safety Netting

Put Walls: The Low Investment Solution for E-Commerce Order Fulfillment

May 24, 2016
E-Commerce Sales around the globe have eclipsed previous records continuously for the past ten years, and it’s easy to see why. Consumers can purchase everything from household commodities to a lock of Justin Beiber's hair and all from the comfort of their home. Read: Put Walls for E-Commerce Fulfillment

9 Things to Consider Before Buying a Carton Flow Rack System

May 20, 2016
Carton flow rack can be a valuable tool that allows users to save space and increase efficiency in order fulfillment operations. The key is selecting the right type of carton flow rack for your facility. There are several options to choose from, and there are several factors that must be considered. Read: Things to Consider Before Purchase Carton Flow Rack

Improve Warehouse Safety During National Safety Month

May 16, 2016
Employee safety is important in any field of work, but for manufacturing, distribution, and warehouse workers, it's something that must be considered every day. From poor ergonomics to high-tech machinery, there are a lot of situations our workers encounter each day that could potentially lead to injury. Read: Improve Your Warehouse Workers' Safety During National Safety Month

The Reality of “One-Size-Fits-All” Supply Chain Software

May 11, 2016
Many supply chain software companies want to sell an entire suite of products to their customers, but oftentimes, only a few of the products fit a customer’s needs. When a “one-size-fits-all” solution doesn’t work, that’s when software modules come into play. Read: The Reality of “One-Size-Fits-All” Supply Chain Software

Why ResinDek® is a Great Cost Saving Alternative to Concrete Mezzanine Floors

May 06, 2016
Conventional wisdom has always suggested that concrete floors are superior construction when it comes to mezzanine floors. A popular choice for new construction by many general contractors, concrete is a proven flooring material offering both durability and longevity. Concrete construction, however, comes at a cost, a very high cost. Read: ResinDek vs. Concrete Floors

Voice Guided Technology: A Proven Solution for your DC and WMS

May 03, 2016
Voice technology is evolving all around us, and its use in the warehouse is no different. Even with the onslaught of advanced automation, voice-guided picking is an effective and popular order fulfillment solution. Read: Voice Guided Technology: A Proven Solution

Anatomy of a Pneumatic Lift

April 28, 2016
Within a complex material handling system, product may need to be transferred between elevations. The most commonly used piece of equipment for this elevation transfer is an elevator lift. For light duty applications such as totes and boxes, a pneumatic lift elevator is a very economical solution. Read: Anatomy of a Pneumatic Lift

Difficult to Convey: Documents and Stacks of Paper

April 26, 2016
The material handling industry is wrought with products that are simply a bear to move. For some products there are plenty of “okay” options, but an optimal one is seemingly nonexistent. So do you just call it quits, close the doors, and never sell another of your difficult to convey products? Of course not. Read: Difficult to Convey: Handling Documents and Stacks of Paper

Where Should My New Distribution Center Be Located?

April 22, 2016
Whether you are looking to build your first Distribution Center (D.C.) or your fifth, the location of the D.C. is critical for the success of your operations. There are many factors that can affect the decision of where the facility should be, including: real estate cost, transportation cost, labor cost, access to quality labor, taxes, transportation routes, service level guarantees and many others. Read: Selecting Your Distribution Center Location
Posted in The Supply Chain

Buying Versus Leasing Industrial Equipment

April 20, 2016
When it comes to procuring industrial equipment, we have to look at what option is best for our companies. Many businesses often seek to save as much money as possible when it comes to acquiring this type of equipment. Some businesses have available capital to invest in purchasing new equipment, while others prefer leasing. Read: Buying vs. Leasing Industrial Equipment

Next Generation Goods-to-Person System Extends Beyond the Storage Buffer

March 28, 2016
Goods to person automation is an ever growing field that represents a revolution in the material handling industry – eliminating the costly and time-intensive process of having operators travel throughout the warehouse to pick. There are many options out there, but all of these technologies are representing only half of the goods-to-person concept. Read: Next Generation Goods-to-Person System

New ZiPline Product: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

March 23, 2016
Our ZiPline brand flighted conveyor merge may sound like some sort of fancy, new piece of technology that uses cutting-edge controls to parse products at lightning speed through the air. Well, it’s actually much simpler than that. In fact, it kind of removes the need for controls. And fancy technology. It’s really quite simple. Read: Two-Lane Flighted Conveyor Merge

The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

March 18, 2016
With MODEX 2016 right around the corner, I took some time to speak with our Atlanta regional manager, Brian Ulanch, on the growing opportunities and benefits of doing business in Atlanta and the importance of hosting one of our industry's biggest shows. Read: The Southeast U.S. Provides Big Opportunity for Business

Which Goods-to-Person Technology is Right for Your Operation?

March 08, 2016
With increasingly high customer expectations in the world of order fulfillment, many distribution and warehouse managers are searching for ways to improve throughput, accuracy, and efficiency. To help, we need look no further than the best-in-class Goods-to-Person (GTP) technologies that are changing the face of order fulfillment. Read: Which Goods-to-Person Technology is Right for Your Operation?
Posted in System Automation

5 Ergonomic Products Employees Will Love

February 24, 2016
As we wrap up the month of love and get even farther into 2016, maybe you’re asking yourself, “What can I do for my employees to make 2016 even better for them?” One place to start is ergonomics. Read: 5 Ergonomic Products Employees Will Love