Over the past sixteen (16) years, Automation Dynamics has become a leader in the design, implementation and support of Automated Broken Case Picking Systems for both Distribution and Manufacturing Stockroom applications.
In all instances of successful implementations, the following five (5) phases of a project are critical to the project’s success.
- System Concept and Budgets/Preliminary ROI’s
- System Engineering
- Formal Proposal Generation
The first step in this process, System Concepts and Budgets, is by far the most important part of the process as it clearly and accurately defines the requirements as well as the expected flow, operation and results from the system. Without evaluating alternatives and having a clear understanding of the current operation and the affects the new system may bring, the new system may be destined for failure.
Often times, customers purchase expensive consulting contracts for the delivery of this portion and only this portion of the contract. Automation Dynamics, inc. offers this same service at an affordable investment to clients. In addition, if the selected vendor, Automation Dynamics, Inc. is also responsible for all phases of the project. In this instance, both the client and Automation Dynamics have a vested interest in both the validity of the design and the success of the system.
Please contact Automation Dynamics for an initial preliminary design evaluation. After a walk-through of your existing operation and evaluation of preliminary data, a determination can be made if Automation might be a viable solution and a System Design Contract is required.
SYSTEM CONCEPT & BUDGETS OVERVIEW
The system design phase produces preliminary concepts of the system. It is an overview that assembles the basic elements of a material handling solution. After analysis of the customer’s current operation, various options may be evaluated for the system design. Also, budget investment costs and preliminary ROI’s will be provided.
The system concept is based on discussions with the client, site reconnaissance and careful analysis of client-supplied SKU data. This data describes the customer’s order profile--the average number of lines per order, types of orders, etc. The ultimate throughput capacity and efficiency are often a function of the accuracy and thoroughness of this data.
In addition, current software enhancements and changes will be evaluated to make sure the system operates at optimum performance. A key to the design and success of these types of system is the melding of both the software and material handling equipment to guarantee system performance.
The typical output of the system concept phase is an operational overview, a plan view drawing(s) accompanied by budgetary pricing estimates and expected Return on Investment Data.