PRLog (Press Release) - Sep. 17, 2013 - CINCINNATI -- When is it time for a system upgrade?
In today’s world, a general rule of thumb is that the material handling system has an estimated economic half life of three to five years. This means that while these assets are performing at the level they were initially intended, newer alternatives have become available which overshadow current productivity.
As new or improved technologies become available, it is often cost effective to integrate them into an existing system. For instance, incorporating voice, pick to light or RF systems into the picking process can improve productivity and reduce the number of workers needed for order fulfillment.
Improvements to software applications that manage the material handling equipment are generally needed at this time to ensure optimum connectivity. One weak link will slow down the system. Distributors should review the requirements of their Warehouse Control System to determine what improvements should be made.
“A Warehouse Control System is an essential tool for smarter integration of the material handling system. Systems are becoming more complex as distributors add more equipment and connections. The Warehouse Control System provides a single point of control for effective management of floor operations,” states Rich Hite, President of QC Software, a recognized leader in warehouse control solutions throughout North America.
When product markets change, the supporting material handling system must be adapted to changes in operational processes. Sometimes design changes are necessary and new conveyors, cranes, lifts, or robotic systems are needed. Sometimes equipment can be adapted or retrofitted, usually at a lower cost, to optimize order fulfillment. A combination of the two may be appropriate.
As the scope of the operation changes or if issues persist, distributors should perform an assessment. This includes analysis of the physical layout, software applications, equipment, processes, and goals. Distributors can then identify inefficiencies and develop targeted, cost effective solutions. When upgrading a free standing, adaptable Warehouse Control System, changing the Warehouse Management System may not be necessary.
Software and equipment upgrades are essential as supply chain processes continually evolve. Distributors can maximize their return on investment, improve efficiency, and maintain higher levels of customer service.
For over seventeen years, QC Software has delivered the results that help companies succeed. Their Tier-1 Warehouse Control System provides the flexibility, visibility and control across warehouse operations that customers need to optimize resources and profitability. Through industry collaboration, customized training, and 24/7 support, QC Software ensures that each customer is fully leveraging their technology. In addition, QC Software helps customers develop a strategic focus to better manage new opportunities and future demands.