In 2015, manufacturers and distributors were faced with growing consumer demands—faster delivery, at a lower cost, with more order customization—a tough achievement for companies while still maintaining strong revenues.
With these challenges, it’s no surprise that our most popular blog posts often featured discussions on new material handling technology trends and operational cost savings through labor, ergonomics, and space utilization. Even those new technology posts were likely popular with those looking for new ways to reduce costs.
As the year comes to a close, here’s a look at what readers enjoyed most, from wearables and drones, to getting the most out of your industrial robots.
1. Robotic End of Arm Tools: Get a Grip on Your Product (part II)
Selecting the right end of arm tool for your industrial robot is important to ensuring your robot handles product accurately, securely, and without causing damage. From grippers, to vacuums, to a combination EoAT, this article reviews how each tool works so you can select the best one for the job.
Read: Robotic End of Arm Tools: Get a Grip on Your Product (part II)
2. New Goods-to-Robot Systems Take E-Fulfillment to the Next Level
The proliferation of e-commerce distribution has changed the face of material handling technology. As goods-to-person systems move into the forefront, we are also seeing an up and coming growth in goods-to-robot technology—the next frontier in fulfilling e-commerce orders.
Read: New Goods-to-Robot Systems Take E-Fulfillment to the Next Level
3. Conveyor System Best Practices in the Pharmaceutical Sector
Roche Diagnostics Operations (RDO) improved processes by standardizing across all warehouses and implementing a more automated material handling system. In doing so, the company was able to increase pack rates, reduce operating costs, and gain better visibility of carton-level details.
Read: Conveyor System Best Practices in the Pharmaceutical Sector
4. The 5 Inefficiencies STEALing from Your Distribution Center
There are 5 common inefficiencies and resource wasters STEALing from distribution operations everywhere, but today’s goods-to-person technologies can turn those losses into profit in as little as 2 years. Let’s look at these five wastes and how goods-to-person systems are overcoming them: Space, time, energy, accuracy, and labor.
Read: The 5 Inefficiencies STEALing from Your Distribution Center
5. Wearable Technology in the Warehouse: Picking with Vuzix Smart Glasses
Technology has always been a driving factor in the supply chain as showcased with the growth of goods-to-person technologies. As the industry is still enjoying the benefits from this technology, wandering eyes are already looking toward the next technology boost to further increase efficiency in warehouses and distribution centers.
Read: Wearable Technology in the Warehouse: Picking with Vuzix Smart Glasses
6. ROI Factors in a Material Handling Automation Project
Introducing material handling automation into a business can be a large and intimidating project. A good deal of time and money are often invested up front in order make the project successful. However, there are several benefits automation can bring about that help justify these expenses.
Read: ROI Factors in a Material Handling Automation Project
7. How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Industrial Robot
There are several ways an industrial robot can wear out sooner than intended. On average, most companies plan to get more than eight years of service out of a robot. However, some companies have robots that are still running after nearly 20 years. What causes some companies to get more or less use out of their robots? There are several common mistakes that can easily shorten the life of a robot to be around four years or even less.
Read: How to Get the Most Life Out of Your Industrial Robot
8. 30 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Lift Table
Selecting an industrial lift table can be overwhelming. Between sizes and options there are literally thousands of configurations to choose from. Here are 30 questions to ask yourself when choosing your next lift table.
Read: 30 Questions to Consider When Selecting a Lift Table
9. Robotics in the Food and Beverage Industry
As government regulations become more stringent, retailer demands continue to increase, and competition intensifies, the need for robots has never been more imperative for success in the food and beverage industry. Here’s a look at how today’s food and beverage companies are taking advantage of industrial robots.
Read: Robotics in the Food and Beverage Industry
10. Warehouse Execution Systems: A New Label for an Established Solution
The new term being used by material handling software providers, integrators, and pretty much anyone associated with the warehousing industry is Warehouse Execution System (WES). But the key to finding the best software system for your facility is not a flashy new name, but rather a modularized solution that allows you to define the warehouse management and warehouse control system functionality your operation requires.
Read: Warehouse Execution Systems: A New Label for an Established Solution
11. 3 Low Cost Pieces of Equipment Your Employees Will Thank You For
Working in an industrial setting involves a lot of lifting, twisting, and turning that can be strenuous to your employees. You may see lost time in production, or worse, workman compensation claims. Here are three pieces of equipment to reduce these burdens without taking a hit to your wallet.
Read: 3 Low Cost Pieces of Equipment Your Employees Will Thank You For
12. 4 Simple Reasons to Try Our New Online Conveyor Pricing Tool
As e-commerce sales continue to rise, more and more of that growth is coming from industrial products and business services. In response, Bastian Solutions re-designed and improved our online equipment store with one goal in mind – create a platform that allows end users the ability to move beyond the conventional, and oftentimes very slow, sales process.
Read: 4 Simple Reasons to Try Our New Online Conveyor Pricing Tool
13. Industrial Robotics in the Automotive Industry
Industrial robots have been associated with the automotive industry ever since their inception over 50 years ago. However, it wasn’t until about 20 years later when industrial robots truly became synonymous with the auto industry. Fast forward to today, and the automotive industry continues to dominate global robot usage.
Read: Industrial Robotics in the Automotive Industry
14. 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Barcode Scanning System with Camera Vision
Does your current single line barcode scanner underperform, resulting in excessive no-reads or read conflicts? Today’s case conveyor barcode reading systems need to experience good reads at a rate of 99.9% to 100%. If your system is not reaching this percentage, it’s time to re-evaluate your technology.
Read: 5 Ways to Supercharge Your Barcode Scanning System with Camera Vision
15. Adapting Drones for Modern Material Handling
DRONES! When most people hear this word it causes a sense of hysteria. They automatically think about a multi-million dollar war machine with rocket launchers. In reality, the majority of consumer U.A.V.’s (unmanned aerial vehicles) are far less scary than their military counter-parts, and this industry is one of today’s fastest growing markets. Beyond military and consumer usage, how can drones be applied to the material handling industry and what are the challenges ahead?
Read: Adapting Drones for Modern Material Handling
If none of these popular posts address your goals and challenges for 2016, then please submit your questions and concerns in the comments section below, and our engineers will address them in upcoming articles. Happy New Year!
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