Thompson and Prizer talk warehouse automation in Food Industry Executive
Apr 26, 2023
Food and beverage manufacturers increasingly deploy automation strategies to improve their warehouses’ workflow, efficiency and throughput, but is warehouse automation right for all situations? And where can a manufacturer see the best gains? CRB’s Senior Specialist of Industry 4.0, Ryan Thompson, and Warehouse Specialist, Brad Prizer, PE, unpack these topics in Food Industry Executive’s article, “Are You Planning to Implement Warehouse Storage Automation? Should You?”.
Assess warehouse operations
While there can be significant benefits to automated warehouse operations, every facility and process is different and should be assessed to find the optimal strategy and mix of automation.
Thompson also points to the importance of integrating warehouse automation into a facility’s larger network to avoid islands of automation and missed opportunities for efficiency.
When weighing automation solutions, the duo shares that it’s essential to consider your warehouse’s layout. Warehouses with excessive travel distances, higher racks and cold storage can be great candidates for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
Prizer and Thompson encourage the project team to ask critical questions early in the planning phase to ensure automation is the right path forward for your facility.
Read the full article: Are You Planning to Implement Warehouse Storage Automation? Should You?