The biggest companies in the world are early adopters, but today it seems that automation has found its place in every company. Especially in the Benelux, where some of the largest automated warehouses in Europe have their residency. The companies behind these warehouses and other automated process can therefore enjoy the benefits of automation:
- Health and safety: your staff no longer need to carry out manual operations and can be trained for other tasks.
- Time-saving: the turnaround time is shorter and the production and order picking process runs smoother, allowing you to better keep up with the growing demand from consumers.
- Cost-effective: you remain competitive because, among other things, you save on labour costs.
Before you start automating...
But before you start automating your warehouse or production environment, there are a few considerations to bear in mind. Of course, the costs of the project are a decisive factor, but so are the kind of goods you produce, the way in which they are packaged and stored and the pace at which you want to produce or deliver. Even the pallets you use affect your automated system as well.
A pallet is worth more than you think.
"Suppliers and retailers often don't see the importance of the pallets as such, but rather consider the transport of goods as important," says Mark Pickwell, Application Engineer Global Manager at CHEP. "But what if you've invested millions in an automated warehouse? And you transport thousands of euros worth of product on one pallet and want to store it in an automated warehouse? Then it's crucial that those products go through the machines easily and, above all, undamaged. On that specific pallet."