The modern warehouse faces industry-wide challenges like national labor shortages and space constraints, and for many organizations the solutions to both these barriers lie in automation. From scrubbers, to pallet jacks, to intelligent carts, automated robotics can transform how a warehouse operates. But investing in automation is not a simple plug-and-play process. To reap the productivity benefits of automation, warehouses must take the necessary steps to integrate these solutions efficiently and safely.
Integrating automation solutions with smart back end interoperability
In most warehouses, automation solutions are “unitaskers,” designed to do one activity perfectly. However, because there is more than a single process in a warehouse, this means infrastructure must be comprised of a wide variety of automation solutions which all need to communicate and interact with each other, the warehouse management system (WMS) and their human counterparts.
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This means investing in back-end interoperability as well as the automation solution itself. The right workflow engine tool or warehouse control system will allow warehouse managers to effectively connect multiple solutions within the same agnostic platform, allowing them to architect how they interact for the most efficient and fluid workflow. For instance, consider a warehouse where automated pickers work alongside human employees. Without workflow technology, orders may be assigned to automation, however they will not be optimized for efficiency, resulting in wasted time and potentially an unsafe work environment.