February 15, 2019
Maximizing space utilization is more critical than ever before; lean methodologies, cost-effectiveness, increased efficiency, and productivity are key drivers of operational improvement in material handling. Warehouse space often represents 15% to 20% of the cost per order and moving to new space is expensive and time-consuming. Follow the subsequent steps to calculate warehouse volume capacity and take the action to assign someone responsible for ongoing analysis.
The optimal range of space utilization ratio is between 22%-27%. However, with automation, it’s possible to achieve higher densities. Use the steps to determine your current ratio.
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Automation can increase the volume capacity by increasing the density of how totes/pallets are stored inside a facility, and some automation systems allow for new options in space utilization. For example, aisles may not require forklift-width or human-width sizing, as robotics and automation would pull cases from out behind others (depending on the system); thereby increasing the storage density. Automation can both be implemented in formerly human-centered storage spaces, or portions of existing facilities can be allocated to flexible robotic storage systems and AS/RS systems.
Learn about Vecna Robotics’ entire fleet of self-driving vehicles from our Automated Material Handling and Hybrid Fulfillment brochures. Vecna will be displaying a wide range of vehicles, including its autonomous Tugger and Pallet Jack at booth #S4583. We’ll be showcasing our Automated Material Handling, Hybrid Fulfillment, and Workflow Optimization solutions, along with the self-driving vehicles and technology that fuels them.
See Vecna Robotics autonomous Tugger.