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Transforming Manufacturing Operations Through Automation

The UK Manufacturing sector faces increasing pressure to optimise processes to keep pace with both demand and the need for cost efficiencies. Running on tight operational deadlines with supply chain fluctuations more prominent post-Brexit, the sector risks falling behind on the uptake of digital and automated technologies, with consequences to growth potential if not addressed.

Innovative Automated Solutions to Enhance Efficiency and Growth


However, the tide is turning with technology innovation fast-evolving, to offer more cost-effective, scalable, and efficient solutions than ever before. As a leading systems integrator of warehouse technology, L-A-C Logistics Automation brings innovation to the forefront of our bespoke designs for systems and solutions that are uniquely tailored to the Manufacturing sector, targeting enhanced traceability, reliability and growth potential, with favourable ROI.

Key Challenges For Manufacturers

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High Cost of Downtime
should any manufacturing process fail, the potential cost of downtime can be considerable, affecting productivity and overall profitability.
Labour Scarcity
the ongoing shortage of labour continues to affect manufacturing operations through inefficiencies and reduced productivity.
Legacy Systems
the manufacturing sector continues to use legacy processes and systems, leading to inefficiencies as older technologies are more costly to run and harder to integrate with new innovations, more suitable for modern manufacturing needs.
Maintenance Costs
the cost of maintaining ageing infrastructure is significantly higher than maintaining modern systems.
Growth
without access to modern manufacturing technology, companies face inevitable barriers to grow, thereby becoming uncompetitive.
Impact on Operations
manufacturing using outdated systems that are no longer fit-for-purpose, significantly impact operational efficiency and ultimately, profitability.
Security & Compliance
technology is vital to maintain the required security levels and legislative compliance. As technology advances and regulatory bodies deploy new standards for attaining compliance, so too must manufacturers through technology enhancements.
Investment for Modernisation
adopting new technologies can be costly and seen as a barrier, however advanced automated systems offer cost and potential growth benefits that far outweigh non-adoption.

How Automation Overcomes Manufacturing Challenges


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Stock Traceability
combining efficient labelling and barcode scanning software with a robust WCS (Warehouse Control System) will enhance traceability to meet regulatory and operational requirements.
Process Reliability
automated systems bring reliability to operations across each stage of the manufacturing process, avoiding the potential of costly downtime.
Manual Handling
minimising manual activities significantly reduces the potential for errors and overcomes the challenge of maintaining a skilled workforce.
Inventory Management
visibility of inventory is vital to optimise stock levels and enhance forecasting accuracy, particularly for Just-In-Time operations.
Workforce Productivity
integrating technology that supports manual activities enhances pick efficiency and overall productivity levels.
Operational Costs
new automation technologies are far more efficient than outdated legacy systems, thus reducing the overall cost of operations and providing efficiencies for long term growth.
Order Picking
automation technology enhances accuracy, speed, and overall efficiency of order fulfilment.
Space Optimisation
automation systems help to maximise storage efficiency, minimise wastage, and ensure the seamless flow of goods around the warehouse.

Types of Automation Technologies for Manufacturing:

Implementing Warehouse Automation in Five Simple Steps


The team at L-A-C Logistics Automation understands that in order to successfully implement warehouse automation systems for Manufacturing operations, a multifaceted process is required along with careful planning and execution

Assessing Needs and Readiness
The first crucial step in implementing warehouse automation is evaluating your current warehouse operations. This involves analysing the workflow, pinpointing bottlenecks, and identifying areas ready for automation improvements.
Selecting Appropriate Automation Solutions
After identifying needs, selecting the right automation technologies is crucial. This might include diverse solutions offered by L-A-C Logistics Automation, such as AMRs, conveyor systems, and more, tailored to match specific operational requirements.
Integration into Existing Processes
Integrating new technologies involves more than just physical installation; it also includes ensuring compatibility with existing IT systems. This phase is vital for the smooth running of automated solutions within the current operational framework.
Training and Change Management
A successful implementation also involves preparing the workforce for the transition. Training staff to operate new technologies and managing organisational change are key components of this process.
Continuous Evaluation and Optimisation
After implementation, it’s important to continuously monitor and evaluate the performance of automated systems. This ongoing process ensures our systems and solutions are delivering the intended benefits and are adapted or updated as your business needs evolve.

BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY TODAY

L-A-C’s team of experts are here to support you from concept to the finished system, working together to design and deliver a bespoke solution that meets your current objectives and future growth expectations, with favourable ROI. 

 

Across semi-automated and fully automated systems, L-A-C has the expertise and range of products to provide flexible and scalable solutions that will significantly enhance your operations and keep you agile as your business evolves. 

 

Join us on a pivotal journey towards a more efficient, productive, cost effective and sustainable future with L-A-C’s innovative automation technology solutions.



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