It is important to strive towards making actions in your warehouse efficient and streamlined, however it can be difficult working out how to do so. Here we give you 8 ways that will assist in achieving an efficient and more productive warehouse.
Robotic automation may sound like a crazy idea to help your warehouse’s work rate, however it is proven that robotic automation can assist manufacturers in achieving better productivity and it can be cheaper, as less employees are needed.
Optimizing Labor Productivity
Optimizing labor productivity should be a cornerstone of your warehouse improvement effort. It is critical for your organisation to understand production rates as labor is a high cost factor in warehousing.
Making Use of Vertical Space
It is imperative to make use of space where ever possible in the warehouse. This can be difficult on the production floor as space is limited. A good solution is pallet racking, making better use of vertical space and allowing for the necessary floor space to be used in production.
creating workstations for specific jobs that need to be done contributes to a more efficient method of production as each part of the process has a specific permanent location, along with the materials and tools needed to perform the job.
Along with creating organised workstations in your warehouse it is important to determine whether the picking methodology you use is the best for your organization. Making the right order picking choices directly impacts on chain productivity, thus it is an important factor to consider.
Ensure you keep up with any new technological benefits that could help you stay one step ahead of your competitors and contribute to efficient warehouse practices.
Perform a thorough assessment of current and future warehouse storage needs. By doing this you can improve storage density and picker productivity resulting in long term cost savings.
The ideas of the 5S/ Lean Manufacturing methods are being used by many manufacturers currently as the methods are seen to be extremely effective in enabling quicker and more efficient production and lowering overall costs.
5 Inspiring Design Trends for Australian Homes
Small is convenient and stylish
Minimalism is a trend that has taken over home architecture recently. This trend is driven by the current high prices of land pricing and the environmental cost of large homes. Also, the idea of living more simply without compromising quality of life is promoted by minimalism. In accord with this fad architects are needing to factor in the use of space and ease of living when designing homes.
Welcome back nature
The idea of bringing the garden inside the house has come to life in the last few years in forms of rooftop gardens, fern walls and interior design features that celebrate nature. Indoor garden elements bring in a less structured approach to design with a fresh and natural atmosphere.
The trend has been encouraged by largescale projects such as 2009 New York High Line elevated park and the latest Seoul Sky Garden project in South Korea.
Above ground pools
Above ground pools have become common recently in city houses, often around the same size or slightly larger than an inflatable pool. These pools are more design orientated than practical, with the purpose to provide a view of water from the kitchen or living area. They tend to vary in size, with some being big enough to swim laps in while others being only waist-deep in water.
For a long time now kitchens have been designed to be an open space in the centre of the home, with easy access from any room in the house plan. This is changing as more people are taking on the idea of a hidden kitchen called a ‘prep kitchen’. These small tucked away spaces allow for food preparation, necessary appliances and the mess of cleaning up to be hidden from sight. This idea allows for the ‘on display’ kitchen to follow a minimal design and be more of a social area in the house for when having guests.
Energy efficient homes
The ideas of energy efficiency and ecological design have found their way into modern architecture building and design. These homes do not only have a lighter ecological footprint, but they are trendy and in fashion at the moment.