Factory Storage & Handling

Factory Storage & Handling

Storage and handling activities within a factory are designed and optimised using techniques that are very similar to those used in dedicated warehouses. There are however 3 factors that are also important when considering factories within the process industry;

Schedule Sequence

Load leveling for a processing factory should be undertaken using a standard sequence that minimises total changeover costs while also optimising inventories. This sequence (and its duration) should be considered when modelling the storage and handling activities within a processing factory.

Use of Technology

Technologies such as Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGV's) and Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (AS/RS) have appeal to those businesses pursuing a "lights out" manufacturing philosophy. We can model and perform appropriate cost/benefit analysis on these systems to ensure that they deliver the expected business outcomes.

Local Consolidation Centres

Local consolidation centres are used in the process industry for a variety of reasons, generally motivated by the unique requirements of a fulfillment strategy. These centres will often require regular reassessment as changes in the operating environment occur (e.g. product mix, formulations, schedule sequence, demand, etc.). We can assess current consolidation centre performance and offer alternatives for savings.

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