Topper Industrial addressed distribution challenges, such as increasing production, warehouse layout, and flexibility.
As the process of handling involves more steps and becomes increasingly manualized, production costs increase. Storing products instead of receiving and immediately shipping them also, adds cost to the overall process. Customers must determine when lost sales due to inventory are balanced by increased handling and storage costs. Conversely, automating the additional manual steps will reduce the labor and costs associated with these processes.
Current DC Layout Need Not be a Constraint to Lean
While warehouse line workers attempt to make sure products flow efficiently in and out of the DCs, some warehouse operations are more productive than others. Each DC and specifically each type of product has its own opportunities and flaws. Each DC must be examined for what is being distributed, when, where, how and even how often. There is not one perfect warehouse layout design for every DC; each is unique.
As Product Lines Change Continuously, Flexibility is Required
The costs of handling product can increase quickly when distribution centers use large sortation systems with miles of conveyor to move products through the facility and into a truck. When the product lines change due to variable product mix, 3PLs (Third Party Logistics) with a variety of products received, picked, and shipped, the requirement of flexibility is not an option. Some of the most sophisticated systems can automatically convey product directly into storage racks, flow racks, or mother-daughter carts that can be mixed and matched to deliver the variable and everchanging product.
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About Topper Industrial
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.TopperIndustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.
Company Name: Topper Industrial
Contact Person: Jillian Burrow, Marketing Manager
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Address:1729 NE Frontage Road
Country: United States