Warehouse Managers Need to Know About Scales
Who wouldn’t like to improve their warehousing efficiency? Our most profitable customers all have one thing in common, intelligent use of scales in their production environment, especially the warehouse. Scales ensure that you have a proper count of inventory, your product is shipped correctly and within the proper quality tolerances.
Maximizing Workflow with Scales
Most warehouse managers think that integration of weighing into their receiving area will drastically change workflows. However, installing scales intelligently can actually improve workflow efficiency. While floor scales are the tried and true solution, some warehouse managers often overlook installing loading ramps or installing floor scales flush with the ground. These simple additions allow for material to easily be loaded and unloaded onto the scale. If your current application uses pallet jacks, why not skip the floor scale and integrate weighing devices into your pallet jack? Pallet jack scales offer a unique solution to record weight while moving product from one point to another. Forklift scales are also available for larger cargo. Integration of weighing into forklifts provides the maximum efficiency for moving large amounts of cargo. These scales can also be set up to communicate easily with your PLC over wifi for faster and quicker data collection. Printers can also be installed onto forklift scales for printed tickets.
The Last Line of Quality Defense
In many production environments, scales in the warehouse are the last line of defense for quality control. Knowing that the appropriate weight of your final product is accurate before the product is shipped, creates an even higher quality guarantee. This, in turn, creates higher customer satisfaction and increased revenue. Our top-producing customers understand those benefits and use scales to verify that the quality of a product is within tolerances throughout their production. The scales in your shipping warehouse can also work with existing quality assurance scales in all areas of your production facility to create an intelligent production environment.
Importance of Preventative Maintenance
Nothing kills productivity like a broken piece of material handling equipment. Downtime can easily be avoided with a preventative maintenance program. Personal scale checklists, either weekly or daily, help warehouse managers stay on top of all of their material handling assets. Having your equipment checked and calibrated by trained technicians is crucial to an efficient production operation. Scales especially should not only be calibrated at regular intervals but also examined for physical damage and foreign material build-up in unseen areas. If the scale is left reading too far out of tolerance, that can mean massive losses in revenue.
Scales are the obvious first step to creating your ideal warehouse facility. Weigh Better thinking can provide you with the warehouse that works. Our application engineers have over 70 years of experience in designing efficiency solutions and our expert service department can ensure your scales are always up and running. Experience how working with a Weigh Better provider can change everything.