Important Considerations for the Fully Automated Warehouse
A fully automated warehouse is a goal that many manufacturing businesses share. Imagine how much more productive you can be if instead of your current warehouse you have a fully automated warehouse. Barcoding, inventory management, shipping, receiving…what area doesn’t automation touch in warehouse management these days?
But there are important considerations before you leap into technology to automate your warehouse.
- How durable is the equipment? Barcode scanners take a lot of use and abuse in a warehouse. They can be accidentally dropped onto a concrete floor, left overnight on a shelf, or used in areas with temperature fluctuations, such as the main warehouse at normal temperature and a refrigerated warehouse at 32 degrees F. Can the equipment you are using take such extremes?
- Uptime and synchronization: Advanced warehouse management software should synchronize with your current ERP system to ensure that stock status and other information updates automatically. Software should have a good record of uptime with cloud-based systems updated seamlessly in the background or during off-hours for most businesses. Potential vendors should be able to provide you with an estimate of how much downtime, if any, to expect. They should also confirm whether or not real-time synchronization occurs or whether the software uses batch updates.
- Compatibility with your ERP system: A fully automated warehouse depends on integration between warehouse management software and your ERP system. ONE by Scanco and ACS integrates easily with Sage 100 to provide a robust, comprehensive, and integrated system that offers more for advanced warehouse management. Check any systems under consideration for how well they integrate with your current ERP software or consider purchasing an integrated package of Scanco and ACS ONE with Sage 100.
- Scanning capabilities: Scanning software has come a long way from the days when each vendor sold their own unique barcode scanners. Many companies including ONE by Scanco and ACS offer software that works with multiple devices so that you have the flexibility to choose what works best in your warehouse. You can use traditional barcode scanners or smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices as scanners. Each offers unique benefits that can be used to improve productivity and efficiency in a fully automated warehouse.
- Cost effectiveness: Comparing the cost of your current system with the new system is an important part of evaluating warehouse technology. Will the new system’s benefits outweigh any additional costs? Chances are good that because newer warehouse technology is more flexible (such as its ability to run on multiple devices your company and workers may already own), you’ll find that it saves money for you quickly. The advanced features of systems such as ONE by Scanco and ACS improve warehouse management in almost every area, making it a cost-saving mechanism overall.
- Industry experience: Buying warehouse automation software isn’t just buying software off the shelf. You’ll be working closely with your software vendor during the requirements gathering, implementation, and launch of the software. It’s important to find a vendor experienced in manufacturing and warehouse management as well as one who provides exceptional customer service. You may wish to create an RFQ, or request for quotation, to outline the specifics of what you are looking for in warehouse management software so that you can compare “apples to apples” among the vendors and select the one which best meets your requirements.
ONE by Scanco and ACS
As you consider your company’s needs to create a fully automated warehouse, we’d like to invite you to consider ONE by Scanco and ACS. It combines the best features of Scanco and ACS with a full-compatible integration with Sage 100. It can help you improve warehouse management, warehouse automation, and manufacturing automation.
To learn more, visit ONE by Scanco and ACS.