Operations and facilities manager are now faced with the task of assessing their current processes, reducing employee contact and interaction and adjusting to the changing guidelines. We’ve heard this term “social distancing” for weeks, maybe even months now, and it seems like it’s here to stay.
It’s a simple concept – maintain a 2 meter distance between you and the people around you. But in a manufacturing or distribution facility, this may mean managing hundreds of people, who must do their job in a designated work zone and maintain social distance. Adjusting a facility to accommodate these changes can be quite the undertaking. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted our communities and it’s important to be prepared for this ongoing threat in case we see a second wave in the future.
Designed on the goods-to-person principal, ASRS bring stored parts to the operator with the touch of a button. This allows the operator to remain in one area to pick parts instead of spending time walking up and down aisles searching for parts. Not only do these systems provide workers more distance from one another, they increase productivity by eliminating the time spent walking up and down aisles to search for stored items. Automation keeps workers safely within their assigned workstation, less fatigued and more productive.
Kardex has created a white paper reviewing how implementing automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) can help support social distancing in the warehouse.