How Material Handling Can Maximize Warehouse Productivity

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How Material Handling Can Maximize Warehouse Productivity

If you’re searching for ways to protect company income and reputation, increase productivity, boost employee morale, and create a safer working environment, proper material handling makes it possible. From storing and controlling inventory, to the manufacturing and distribution of end products, handling encompasses all the various processes of managing materials and products in your warehouse.

The Importance of Warehouse Material Handling

Without proper material handling in place, the probability of low quality goods, production errors, distribution delays, and risk of customer dissatisfaction increases. However, by implementing a system that addresses key components, businesses are able to improve and monitor product quality. The efficiency and output of their warehouses, industrial plants, distribution centers, as well as properly manage employee productivity and well-being — are all improvements made from quality material handling.

An ideal integration system will ensure that goods arrive on time, are distributed to the appropriate locations, and accounts for correct quantities. Each of these components help eliminate theft and damage, limits unnecessary access, and improves organization for readying items for shipment to clients.

How Material Handling Improves Employee Morale

By implementing a container handling system customized to your business needs, as well as step by step processes and guidelines for each and every warehouse employee, you’re setting both your business and staff members up for success. When employees have a clear understanding of expectations and responsibilities, morale, self-confidence and productivity soars.

A well-designed system includes a strategic layout, so as to prevent production bottle necks and unnecessary motion, and alleviate the risk of injury and wasted time.

Having the Right Equipment

There are several types of handling equipment. These include industrial trucks, forklifts, stacking equipment, storage racks and shelves, as well as bulk handling equipment such as, silos, bucket elevators and conveyors. Having the right equipment in the right place will ensure optimum use of space, ease of access, streamline business functions and create a safer, more pleasant working environment.

Principles of the Material Handling Process

When first devising and implementing a material handling process, an investment of time and money is necessary. However, through the use of automated tools and a WMS system (Warehouse Management Software System), you’ll gain control over space usage, inventory status, and material use efficiency.

Likewise, organization and put-away processes help to reduce errors and the risk of loss and damage. For instance, a well-organized warehouse makes the most of space limitations, and putting materials away when they’re not needed helps keep the space clean and organized. It also enhances order fulfillment processes, which results in customer satisfaction.

By implementing container handling processes tailored to your business needs, and being dedicated to routinely monitoring and improving practices, as needed, you will reap the rewards of a happy, healthy staff, growing profit margin, and loyal customers.

Contact IPM Today

Warehouse productivity needs to be addressed in your facility if you want to stay competitive. To learn more about how our integration products and solutions can benefit your facility’s workload, contact Integrated Packaging Machinery today at (616) 531-7758 or fill out our form to request a quote.