Warehouse System Concepting and Optimization

Warehouse System Concepting and Optimization

Warehouse system concepting is the design and implementation of the results from an operational review or audit. By defining what the business is trying to accomplish and merging that both with the capabilities that they need from a WMS, WES, WCS, and automation to define a roadmap for the business. Warehouse system concepting and optimization can be done for both new construction, new design, new build, and also existing warehouses.

It often starts with the manufacturer or the distributor goals and objectives. An operational audit is often a precursor to review what can be improved today in existing facilities. Whereas system concepting and optimization is about identifying the current business baseline today, identifying where it needs to be, and identifying the shortfalls. Once this gap analysis is created the next step is how best to fill it.

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Gaps can be analyzed by their industry and operational modes. Intek and Minerva have teams of people with individuals with 20 to 30 years of experience in manufacturing and distribution, to determine what forms of automation work by certain industries yielding a basic set of items to review and evaluate. Combining this with what the business goals one can begin to generate recommendations. By adding concept drawings for the automation and combining them with an operational audit and an ROI analysis, a comprehensive financial review can be generated.

Warehouse system concepting includes the ROI analysis as the two items counterbalance each other. It’s relatively easy to design a system concept that meets all the business needs, but the ROI doesn’t justify it. Only by balancing both and including the capital restrictions, can an optimum solution be generated for the business.

Warehouse mapping helps identify the process modifications that are required for improvement. It helps in providing a future state description for the operation and the system design. For instance, if the business is moving to automation, processes and equipment updates can easily be defined with a process map.

Some manufacturers and distributors have knowledge of what is required, the results, and can evaluate it on their own and other times they need assistance. Intek and Minerva are hardware agnostic, we provide the infrastructure with software solutions to support virtually any automation hardware that is required, and we are not focused on selling hardware.

We are focused on solving the problem regardless of what hardware is required. This creates a level of objectivity that a hardware manufacturer doesn’t always have, as they have access to certain types and form of automation equipment which causes a tendency to fit the business to the equipment.

There are plenty of WMS software companies out there that offer WMS and its implementation. Optimization can be difficult as many WMSs do not have robust WES, WCS capabilities and that’s large disadvantage for delivering a high level of business value.

For WMS software suite comparisons, the devil’s in the details, particularly when it comes to process improvement and WMS, WES, and WCS. It is important to see and experience what the software does for a similar manufacturer or distributor business. Many customers only review the platform, how hard is it to maintain, how do I integrate to it? Operations is concerned about labor costs that are not well controlled, subpar operational accuracies, inadequate inventory accuracy, etc. We care about solving the problems. This is always a classic disconnect between IT and warehouse management. Intek and Minerva focus on bridging the gap by providing robust software solutions and integration with a focus on warehouse operational process improvement.

Intek’s and Minerva’s WMS suite with its WES and WCS capabilities coupled with their expertise in solving business challenges at the warehouse operational level generate measurable business results.

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