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Robots Make Their Way In To Warehouses....

Posted by Dwight Jones on

Much has been written lately in the mainstream press about the future of robotics. The consensus is that robots are coming, if they’re not here already. The New York Times, for instance, recently ran an article highlighting some of the struggles the workforce may confront as robots grow smarter.

Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal reported on some of the ways robots are automating mundane, dirty and repetitive tasks on the line in small to mid-sized businesses – the Journal’s broader point is that robots were once limited to big, asset-intensive manufacturers like the automakers but are...

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Preparing the DC for Peak Season

Posted by Corey Anderson on

No matter how much you prepare, peak season is always difficult. Boxlogix Automation is here to help customers with Distribution Center upgrades. No matter if its an equipment, technology or process upgrade Boxlogix Automation can help.

Here are steps to take now to smooth out the rough days of December:

  • Get out from behind your desk. Manhattan Associates’ research finds many managers and supervisors spend 60 percent or more of their time behind their desks. Landau suggests investing in a mobile labor management system that lets you track production from...

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The Ins and Outs of Designing and Implementing Conveyor Systems

Posted by Dwight Jones on

As with successful athletes and teams in all sports, maximizing the performance of a conveyor system starts with good execution of the fundamentals.

Whether investing a few hundred thousand dollars or millions, there are some things you definitely want to know before starting down that path. This article will talk about those key fundamentals that can sometimes be overlooked. We will also talk about other aspects that often do not receive the consideration they are due.

First of all, start with the end in mind. The initial phase involves data analysis of order profiles,...

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Five Ways to Improve Safety

Posted by Dwight Jones on

The bad news is that every year, thousands of people working in industrial plants and facilities are injured on the job. Here are five things industrial plant operators could do today to create a safer work environment:

Ditch the tape. 
Many plants use orange or yellow tape on the floors to designate forklift lanes or safe areas for employees and equipment. But what happens if a forklift misses a turn and veers into one of those areas? Is the tape going to stop it? Examine your facility and install guard rail along the paths vehicles travel, and also around employee areas...

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Warehouse Layout and Design Principles

Posted by Corey Anderson on

There are several basic principles that apply to designing and running an effective distribution center operation. Without the proper layout and design of your distribution center, no matter the square footage, you will be facing capacity issues, decrease in productivity, and storage inadequacies. This is a short list of these areas that should be addressed in your warehouse operations planning and facility layout.

  • Use the cube. Make sure you are utilizing the potential storage space/cube of the distribution center. Ensure that vertical space as well as individual location cubic capacity is fully utilized. Maximize cube...

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