Using Automation Can Enhance Worker Productivity in Industrial Equipment Operations While Increasing Profitability

It is undeniable that productivity is crucial to keep industrial equipment businesses operating at their best during these troubling economic times. Recent studies have shown that investment in worker efficient technology, such as automation, helps drive a constant increase while providing a fast ROI. Implementing simple automated storage and retrieval systems is often the most cost effective way to achieve greater productivity, improve accuracy and overall efficiency of any industrial facility.

When using traditional static storage or shelving employees are forced to walk up and down aisles to search for items, wasting valuable work time. By installing automated storage from Remstar including horizontal and vertical carousels and Vertical Lift Modules (VLM) items are delivered to an operator at an ergonomic height, eliminating wasted walk and search time and increasing productivity by up to 2/3. Items are automatically presented to the operator with the carousel or VLM and integrated pick-to-light system immediately identifies the item and quantity needed to pick or store, ensuring accuracy. These features have an immediate and lasting effect on the efficiency of a company's operations and can help reduce the overall cost of doing business.

By utilizing integrated automated carousels and pick-to-light technology businesses can apply batch picking, a process that entails picking multiple orders simultaneously to achieve greater efficiencies. In this picking method, an operator will touch an item location only once for the batch reducing the time required to pick. This method will increase an operation's efficiencies in labor and order accuracy while reducing man-hours, inventory shortages and customer complaints. Batch picking can increase throughput up to 500% when compared to manually picking single orders.

By enhancing productivity, improving worker ergonomics and increasing accuracy industrial equipment organizations will be able to see fast paybacks, generally ranging from nine to eighteen months. These systems range from relatively low cost capital acquisitions to major facility creation.

Remstar International Inc., a company of the Kardex AG Remstar International (KRI) Group of Zurich, Switzerland, is a leading provider of automated storage and retrieval systems for manufacturing, distribution and warehousing applications. For information about how Remstar storage and retrieval systems can provide increased productivity, call 800-639-5805 or visit the Remstar web site at

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