Automating your warehouse or manufacturing floor will streamline your operations and increase profitability. But are you getting the most from your investment? These five tips will help you take your automation investment to the next level.
- Make Sure Your System Supports Your Strategic Plan
Your warehouse and manufacturing automation tools and software should support your company’s strategic plans. Examine your annual, five-year, and ten-year growth plans. Make sure that the system chosen for your operation is scalable and supports growth over time. Many cloud solutions, such as Scanco Warehouse 100 and Scanco 500 Manufacturing Automation, are easy to scale up to meet planned or unexpected growth.
- Establish and Adhere to Data Policies
Your ERP system is only as good as the data it contains. Warehouse and manufacturing automation systems provide accurate, real-time data. Even so, you should establish data policies. Determine what information goes into the system and how it will be used ahead of time. Select someone on staff to become the “data police” to ensure that the policies are maintained, updated, and adhered to throughout the company. The better the data, the more accurate the reports you will receive from the system.
- Build Process Maps
Establish process maps so that anyone coming aboard in your company can follow the map and use the automation system tools and software easily from their first day on the job. Written process and implementation documents ensure that information isn’t lost when someone leaves the company; the information can be easily shared and transmitted to other employees over time.
- Ensure Adequate Training
Employees must receive thorough training in your warehouse and manufacturing automation tools in order to obtain maximum benefit from it. Group training sessions are important. Make sure that someone in the company is trained as the system “champion”—the go-to person for onsite trouble shooting. This person can answer questions, help find solutions to problems, and be on call within the company for any problems or advanced issues that may arise with the automation system.
- Monitor and Measure Productivity
By choosing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), you can monitor your productivity and identify areas for more improvement. Perhaps you can save time or money, or gain information from the system that helped you improve job functions, processes, or other aspects of your business.
Scanco offers integrated manufacturing and warehouse automation tools that will streamline your operations and generate more profits.