Blog: Today's Optimized Facility

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Advancements in plant and manufacturing facilities offer managers an array of solutions for top performance. Optimizing facility operations requires keeping up with smart storage concepts, productive lift trucks, enhanced data collection, operator proficiency and best practices for material flow. It’s all about how to run better and manage smarter. This blog explores dynamic solutions and unique challenges facing today’s facilities managers.

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  • Product evolutions that are changing today’s supply chain

    To stay competitive in today’s e-commerce environment, material handling manufacturers must address customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industry with smart, leading-edge technology that can maximize performance and keep customers always on.

  • warehouse automation, automated lift trucks, AGV

    Facility and fleet optimization for maximum efficiency and productivity

    With changing material handling demands, automation has become a necessity for the industry. As labor pressures increase and as technology becomes more affordable and applicable, plant facilities are recognizing the added value that semi- and fully automated vehicles can offer to increase plant productivity.

  • virtual reality simulator, forklift operator

    Virtual Reality: Engaging new generations and increasing operator proficiency

    The manufacturing industry plays a key role in our nation’s current and future economic prosperity. However, the labor shortage and skills gap pose some serious challenges to today’s companies. Nearly 3½ million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled in the next decade, but the skills gap is expected to result in two million of those jobs going unfilled.

  • Raymond Courier automated pallet truck

    Innovating for the future

    New and improved technologies developed specifically for batch picking or multiorder picking help increase warehouse productivity, eliminate errors, and save money when it comes to total cost of ownership. The question, however, is which technologies will provide the biggest return on investment? And when is the right time to buy this equipment?

  • Raymond pallet jack, conveyor system, labor management system

    Fleet replacement Part 3: It’s time to replace and upgrade your lift truck

    Depending on the last time you replaced a lift truck, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn about all the new options offered today. These new product innovations are worth considering when you’re looking into replacing your fleet because they can save you time — and money.

  • iTRACK, warehouse Asset Management, fleet maintenance software, fleet management company

    Fleet replacement, Part 2: Fact-finding tools to help determine when to retain, reallocate, replace, or remove your lift truck

    It can be a daunting task to track and analyze individual truck and operator hour meters, use rates, and repair and maintenance fees. In addition, tracking these numbers can cost you and your workers a lot of time. Fortunately, it’s never been easier to enhance your fleet's productivity and profitability, as there are time-saving web-based tools that can do all the tracking, analyzing, and reporting for you.

  • Raymond Forklift Service, Lift Truck Maintenance

    Fleet replacement Part 1: Does my lift truck need to go?

    Increased reliability and decreased maintenance costs — it’s easy to see the benefits of purchasing a new lift truck to replace one that has run its course. Even better are the benefits of planning ahead with a fleet replacement strategy. Having a strategy will help warehouse managers avoid unexpected downtime from the frequent and costly repairs often needed on older trucks.

  • asset management, maintenance management system, conveyor system

    New technology: Is it right for my operation?

    New and improved technologies developed specifically for batch picking or multiorder picking help increase warehouse productivity, eliminate errors, and save money when it comes to total cost of ownership. The question, however, is which technologies will provide the biggest return on investment? And when is the right time to buy this equipment?

  • Allied warehouse products

    Optimizing slow moving inventory

    There are many reasons to keep a watchful eye on distribution center costs. Movement on high-volume SKUs tends to get much of the attention when it comes to cost considerations, and slow-moving SKUs are often overlooked. These slow-moving SKUs, however, also contribute to total costs — such as product costs, storage costs and processing costs — and therefore they must remain a focus in the distribution center.

  • How can you improve your operation? Ask your employees.

    Ten years ago, Raymond embarked on a journey to implement the Toyota Production System on its manufacturing floor. One major initiative from this endeavor was the introduction of the kaizen program. Kaizen is the practice of continuous improvement. If an employee believes there is a better way to perform a particular process or task in his or her usual work, the employee can submit the improved process idea as a kaizen.

  • iWAREHOUSE Enterprise material handling data analysis

    Put People First With Telematics

    Certain day-to-day goals of warehouse operations managers have remained constant for years – namely, reducing total costs while creating value in the operation. In the past, operations managers measured value by how quickly goods could be moved from one point to another. Although that is still important, operations managers today are finding that more information is needed to see the bigger picture.

  • Raymond Fleet Evaluation Services

    Surviving the holiday rush: 6 tips to prevent disruptions

    The holidays are always an exciting time of the year, but they can also be highly stressful for unprepared businesses. According to the National Retail Federation, as much as 40% of annual retail sales come during the holiday season, and the NRF predicts that retail sales for 2016 will grow over last year's – meaning that this year’s holidays will likely be even more demanding than last year.

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