Material Handling

Materials handling is defined as the process of materials movements within a factory using different types of devices.

Selection of right material handling equipments

To implement automated material handling equipments, the following steps to be considered in order to gain competitive edge over the process improvement

  • Identify system requirements
  • Evaluate the right vendors
  • Getting in detail bids information
  • Choosing the bid option
  • Implementation

Identify system requirements

System requirements are the most important step at the time of choosing a right material handling equipment. It should define the system requirements that would accomplish the toughest task to be completed.

Evaluate the right vendors

After identifying the system requirements choose minimum number of qualified vendors and update them with your system requirements. And also, get their customer testimonials to evaluate their installation and system experience in detail.

Getting in detail bids information

After evaluating the right vendor, request them to send in detail bids with all details that include specifications, system drawings, support, installation procedures, test and trial run, warranty agreements etc., to finalize the bid.

Choosing the bid option

Choosing the bid option is the most critical step and should be done very carefully. Before finalizing the bid, the following factors are to be considered:

  • Not to be based on price factor
  • Credibility factor of vendors
  • Third party evaluation about system requirements being submitted by the vendor
  • Financial stability

Both you and vendor have spent time, effort and money on making the bid, it is always advisable to choose that exactly matches with your system requirements.

Implementation

After finalizing a vendor, the actual implementation process will begin. Establish a detailed implementation blueprint immediately and close monitoring should be effected during the entire stage of implementation. And also, training manual has to be prepared as a base document to train the personnel in using the new system in the organization.

Radio Frequency (RF) applications - Material handling

Radio Frequency is a simple online communication medium between your companys operations and your computer. A potential application of radio frequency would be the paperless operations while monitoring company's operations.

Some possible application areas of radio frequency could be used in:

  • Receiving
  • Updates of stock availability
  • Replenishment
  • Picking
  • Shipping
  • Interactive communication option

Benefits - Radio Frequency

  • Faster transactions
  • Paperless operations
  • Improvement in process control
  • Cost reduction

The implementation of automated material handling system in your organization is high risk/high reward situation. The system should be properly analyzed and monitored to yield great benefits for the companys operations. Meanwhile, proper implementation will fetch your company a competitive edge