Warehouse space becomes a problem and within this economic climate moving to a larger warehouse is a big financial commitment. Allocating space within the warehouse may not be such a problem but then what about access to these parts? Small parts?
Saving space, reducing cost and improving efficiency is what Management look for. Vertical Storage Carousels maybe the answer to your questions. Investment is also required here but with a faster ROI and parts available to the operator, a Lean process and with a low footprint your parts are available to the operator. Optimization is the key and with most of your parts in one area and with increased pick accuracy and reduced mis-picks the solution maybe a viable one. Older Carousels can be used and there are many on the market that have been refurbished from a Linpic, Linvar or Kardex to name a few.
Even with technology available there are still companies that have difficulty realising there stock levels. Using a WMS such as Netstock ePic plus, a company can have a control of their stock in the warehouse. Netstock not only controls storage carousels such as Linpic, Linvar or Kardex but also provides inventory solutions for your parts on static racks. Your company will have a better understanding of the stock levels with the ability to supply live dynamic part information to your ERP / MRP such as Sage or Sap just to mention a few through integration.
Netstock can allow the operator to pick by part, by batch, by location or by expiry date. Your parts maybe bar coded in which case our solution can care of that by introducing bar code scanners. Printing bar code labels are also an option, we can work around your processes. However, if we think there is a better solution we have experts in house to give advice.