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Optimize processes and efficiencies with distribution center automation.

In an ever-increasing complicated supply chain environment, automation has become the primary strategy to ensure realization of supply chain productivity and financial goals while maximizing customer service levels.

Leverage distribution center automation for a competitive advantage.

We bring a dedicated team of robotics integration, labor management, warehouse design, distribution center automation and systems engineering and implementation experts to help you project and model an optimal approach to your distribution center labor productivity and automation. We implement solutions and teach warehouse managers how to maximize efficiency over the long run.

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Engineer future processes for the optimal mix of robotics and automation.

Automation is increasingly used in distribution, fulfillment and manufacturing operations in response to today’s tight labor market and rising labor and fulfillment costs. Overcome these challenges by leveraging enVista to determine the right automation for your business needs.

enVista brings a dedicated team of robotics integration, labor management, warehouse design and systems implementation experts to help you project and model an optimal approach to both your distribution center labor productivity and automation.

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Relocating and Automating Operations with Warehouse Design Build and Fulfillment for Luxottica

  • Developed Luxottica’s system design and integration as well as automated packaging line
  • Brought a holistic approach and was able to work very swiftly on different alternatives and solutions
  • Delivered consolidated pick, pack and shipping requirements into single, automated system, consolidation of facility into one location, automated storage, inventory visibility and flexibility into workforce

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DC Automation FAQs

DC automation is how organizations automate movement of inventory within distribution centers with minimal human labor. It helps organizations save time and money by automating repetitive physical tasks and data collection and analysis tasks. A highly automated warehouse can have automated storage systems, material handling, order picking, order fulfillment, data collection, etc. Automation can help companies deal with labor shortages, keep up with customer demand, lower labor costs and reduce the rate of human error.

If you decide to automate your DC and fulfillment centers, you will likely encounter one or more of these common warehouse automation industry technologies.

  • GTP (Goods-to-Person): GTP fulfillment is a common choice to drive efficiency. This automation technology category includes vertical lift systems, conveyors and carousels.
  • AGVs (Automatic Guided Vehicles): AGVs use wires, sensors and magnetic strips to travel down fixed paths in warehouses. They work well in simple DCs with a lot of ground to cover.
  • AS/RS (Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems): AS/RS includes automated equipment such as tote shuttles, mini-loaders and material-carrying vehicles. This equipment is used to store, sort and pick inventory. Small warehouses that deal with high inventory turnover benefit the most from automated storage and retrieval systems.
  • Automated Sortation Systems: Automated sortation systems identify inventory on a conveyor system and sends it to a location in the warehouse using sensors, barcode scanners or RFID. This technology is helpful for many steps in the order fulfillment process, including receiving, picking & sorting, packing and shipping.
  • AMRs (Autonomous Mobile Robots): AMRs use GPSs to find the most effective routes through a specific space. They utilize laser guidance technology to find and avoid obstacles, so they can even navigate safely through warehouses with a lot of human traffic.
  • Voice Picking/Tasking: Also known as “pick-by-voice,” voice-directed warehouse technology uses speech recognition and mobile headsets. This technology finds optimized picking paths, so employees quickly know the best way to find, pick and store inventory.
  • Put-to-Light & Pick-to-Light Technology: These types of warehouse technology use mobile barcode scanning devices that are connected to digital light displays. These lights tell employees where they can pick up or place inventory.

When should you automate your DC?

Wondering when to automate your distribution centers? Here are some questions to help you decide:

  1. Are your current processes costly and labor intensive?
  2. How is your inventory management? Are your inventory counts often inaccurate?
  3. Are your customers satisfied? Is any dissatisfaction caused by supply chain issues?
  4. Is your order fulfillment capacity becoming more efficient over time? Is it declining?
  5. Are you using time-consuming and/or error-prone manual warehouse management systems, such as spreadsheets?
  6. Do you have to scramble to meet labor demands each time inventory demand fluctuates?
  7. Are customer orders being delayed due to labor shortages?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, DC automaton may help your organization become more cost effective and increase customer satisfaction.

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