Why should I have a three dimensional map of my warehouse?
One of the largest variable components in most warehouse operations today is travel. From a smaller 50,000 sq. ft. facility up to a 1,000,000+ sq. ft. facility, machine travel across the DC can have the largest impact on an associate’s productivity.
Building a facility map so that your associate can get time for the travel you have requested enables you to manage both your associate and also manage the effectiveness of your slotting and other WMS driven functions.
In a traditional pallets per warehouse, a lift truck operator is directed to put a stack of C moving pallets in the back corner of the warehouse. While driving to the directed location the operator passes an open location close to his pick up location. Rather than following the WMS suggested location, the operator overrides to the location closest to his current location. Eventually, if you do not do warehouse consolidation, your A pallet locations are filled with C slow moving product. Why did this happen? Because the pallet per hour expectation motivated the associate to minimize his travel and override his pallets into the closest location. This not only defeats the logic you created and tested in your WMS but it also teaches the associate not to trust the WMS you have invested heavily in.
What is the solution? Choose a top tier Labor Management Software that calculates travel. Then let our 4SIGHT Engineers help collect and quickly enter the 3D data into your LMS tool. Our methodology and systematic approach will save you time and get you the accuracy you need. Once you have all the locations mapped, going from point A to point B is just a simple distance calculation for the LMS software. When you know the distance your associate travels, the LMS with the appropriate machine speed can calculate exactly how long it takes to travel from point A to point B.
Learn more about machine timings here.