Use mathematical modeling to tailor an automation strategy to your business
Mathematical modeling — more complex in warehouse design than in sizing a church or synagogue — helps find the balance between peak and normal activities to right-size the distribution center and its material handling equipment.
Technology in the NewsIncedo partners with IBM to develop enterprise-scale IoT solutions Randstad Report: 76% of U.S. workers do not fear automation Schneider Electric names Carlos Villa VP of U.S. industry business IFOY award recognizes evolving role of forklift in intralogistics TECSYS partners with Ryder to extend reach into health systems market More Technology News
The engineers who design distribution centers (DCs) and the architects who design churches and synagogues have more in common than you might think.
In Christian congregations, attendance mushrooms for services on Christmas and Easter. The largest attendance at Jewish synagogues occurs on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. If architects based their plans on these peaks, these organizations would invest in square footage, seating and equipment that went unused most of the year.
To right-size their designs, smart architects analyze average weekly attendance and factor in extra space based on careful estimates of how many people will join the congregation. This ensures that everyone who attends services during 50 weeks of the year can be accommodated. During the two weeks of peak attendance, extra services can be scheduled or special arrangements can be made for overflow seating.
This same principle applies to warehouses and the material handling equipment (MHE) they house: plans must be made for peak capacities but designing for those capacities can result in unused resources during much of the year.Download Now!
Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!
Reader survey: Lift trucks keep on truckin’ Top 20 industrial lift truck suppliers, 2017 View More From this Issue