Six Ways To Increase Inventory Control
Whether you run a distribution and fulfillment operation, or a tooling and spare parts warehouse
supporting manufacturing, learn how an automated storage and retrieval system with integrated
inventory management software will enhance inventory control across six specific processes.
Introduction: Automated Storage Systems Deliver Inventory Control
Within the four walls of a manufacturing or distribution warehouse, being called an “inventory control freak” is
definitely not an insult. After all, what could be more important than knowing exactly how many items—whether
they’re stock keeping units (SKUs) waiting to be picked for order fulfillment or expensive tooling or spare parts
needed to keep an operation running at peak performance—are on hand, precisely where they are, and that
they’re in perfect condition?
One of the easiest ways to ensure maximum inventory control throughout an operation is to implement an
automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) system—such as horizontal carousels, vertical carousels, vertical lift
modules (VLMs) or vertical buffer modules (VBMs) —with integrated inventory management software.
Inventory management software delivers the highest degree of picking control within an AS/RS by enabling
smart functionality such as inventory monitoring. Whether an operation has a warehouse management system
(WMS), enterprise resource planning (ERP) or manufacturing resource planning (MRP) system in place—or minimal to no inventory management system at all—the integrated software within horizontal carousels, vertical carousels and VLMs (and the machines themselves) address a variety of operational challenges associated with inventory control.
This white paper explores the six processes in which an investment in an AS/RS with integrated inventory management software increases inventory control within warehousing, distribution and manufacturing operations.