Conveyor/SortationEducation

Resource Shares Details On Vertical Reciprocating Conveyor Applications

Because they represent a small segment of the conveyor industry, vertical reciprocating conveyors (VRCs) are not universally known. That’s why the members of the VRC Subcommittee of the Conveyors and Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group of MHI have released a ...
Solutions CommunityTechnology

Converting Equipment From Manual To Autonomous Operation? Ensure All Affected ...

To increase throughput without adding more labor or square footage, many facilities are retrofitting manual equipment to provide automated operation. Post-retrofit, it might be tempting to only test one updated unit in a fleet of multiple upgraded systems in an ...
AS/RSWorkforce

Goods-To-Person ASRS Technologies Address Multiple Labor Challenges

Pre-pandemic, e-commerce fulfillment centers and distribution centers serving a variety of sectors struggled to attract, hire, and retain qualified labor. Even among full-time hires, attendance could be spotty. And, in spite of the unprecedented job losses and furloughs over the ...
EducationSolutions Community

Switching To Automated, Goods-To-Person Fulfillment? Gather Company-Wide Input On Material ...

As more and more retailers seek to expand their e-commerce offerings, many in supply chains are looking to supplement their back-of-store fulfillment operations with more centralized, regional distribution center (DC) fulfillment. Goods-to-person (GTP) automated solutions located in the DC offer ...
RoboticsTechnology

Calculating The Potential ROI For A Robotic Installation

When determining the potential return on investment (ROI) in an automated material handling solution such as robotics, most projects are evaluated based on net present value (NPV), minimum acceptable rate of return (ROR), the payback period, and other methods. Yet, ...
EducationSolutions Community

Taking Over A “New-To-You” Facility? Know The Capacities Of The ...

Existing warehouses change ownership all the time. Sometimes it’s through a merger or acquisition that expands a network; other times a customer may buy a facility previously run by their third-party logistics (3PL) service provider. Regardless of how a building ...
AS/RSTechnology

Exploring The Differences Between Vertical Lift Modules And Vertical Carousels

Vertical lift modules (VLMs) and vertical carousels are both computer-controlled, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) that maximize cubic footprint by storing items vertically. Their internal components include trays (also called pans, shelves, or carriers) that are moved up and ...
Solutions CommunityTechnology

Upgrading A Vehicle From Manual To Autonomous Operation? Consider All ...

With more operations evaluating a shift from manual to automated equipment, one option may be the possibility of converting existing investments to autonomous function. When discussing such a change with a supplier, however, it’s important to be clear about the ...
AS/RSSafety

Safety, Ease Of Use Features Characterize AS/RS Equipment

Offered in a broad range of types and styles to accommodate diverse handling needs, automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) provide robotic, automated storage and retrieval of products with minimal human intervention. Regardless of their form factor, these advanced systems ...
Conveyor/SortationTechnology

IIoT-Enabled Predictive Analytics For Conveyors, Sorters Generates Cost Savings

To ensure maximum uptime, machine reliability, and an overall reduction in costs, more members of the Conveyors and Sortation Systems (CSS) Industry Group of MHI have been enhancing their equipment with features that harness the power of the Industrial Internet ...