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How can I do more with less? Fewer people/smaller footprint/ less inventory?

We think of automation as a useful tool — a way to meet your objectives, a way to improve your operations, a way to make your customers happy. Through careful evaluation and analysis, many goals can be met simultaneously. But it all does start with smarts. With confident, capable engineers and experts who bring cumulative years of engineering design and material handling experience to your door, Wynright is your definitive source for solutions.

We have built systems to meet various productivity requirements, and have watched as companies are able to provide improved processes and methodology for their employees, or gradually shift their labor pool from performing repetitive and tedious tasks to that of higher paying, skilled jobs for those who run automated equipment. Reducing costs and redeploying labor is one way of keeping jobs in the US – minimizing the pressure to outsource.  

 

When is the right time to invest in higher levels of automation?

Some of the largest companies in the world have faced this same question. Spurred by their desire to create a safe environment for their employees, research into automation often begins with the question of safety. Are employees required to do a lot of heavy lifting, turning, or repetitive wrist motions? Is the environment extremely cold, very loud, or gaseous? Automating difficult, repetitive or hazardous tasks with advanced material handling systems or automated robotics can create a safer, more comfortable environment for employees.

Taking a hard look at the tasks to determine if they qualify for automation starts with an analysis of the movements involved. If the task requires a lot of thought and manipulation, then the complexity required for automation often skews the economics. For example, stacking the same size concrete blocks on a pallet is a candidate for improved efficiencies through automation (heavy, repetitive, same-size footprint). Building a Tetris puzzle with various shapes and sizes - something that requires manipulation - is very difficult to automate.

However, if the task, the environment, or employee safety aren’t factors, but the economic landscape is changing - and you are experiencing increased volume or elevated labor costs - investing in automation may still be justified once your operation graduates to multiple shifts per day. If the operation requires multiple shifts, an automation or robotic specific operation most likely can be justified.   

 

Should I retrofit or replace my current system?

It’s all about economics. Yours. We collaborate with you to bring to light the various approaches and solutions to meet your needs. Great. Better. Best. It’s really in your hands and meant to match your goals and meet your long-term objectives. Can a solution be implemented to meet short-term needs? Sure. Can an economical approach be taken? Absolutely — that’s what we strive to do. Reengineer, rebuild, retrofit? We’ve done it all and will find the solutions that fit your unique needs and circumstances. Every evaluation from the Wynright team starts with the basic premise that logical solutions are investigated and exhausted before capital solutions are proposed. Because we understand your constraints and we are in this with you — for the long haul.

 

How do I manage for extreme seasonality?

Seasonality issues present a spectrum of challenges and considerations that Wynright knows well. Having demonstrated success with some of the largest U.S.-based retailers and global e-commerce companies, Wynright stands ready to tackle this problem and present a solution uniquely designed for your operational challenges.

To many companies, seasonality doesn’t just mean throughput productivity and material handling speed, it also means an influx of untrained seasonal workers and modified processes, both of which are sure to impact quality assurance and customer service standards. The goal is to build a system to streamline workflow, facilitate accuracy, and provide controls and oversight—one which can be introduced with minimum downtime and interruption. Wynright consistently meets this challenge and is an authority on e-fulfillment automation design and solution development. 

 

How do I make my operation more sustainable?

For the many companies who have sought an answer to this question, who have a keen interest in providing an improved environment for their workers and a green distribution operation in general, Wynright has solutions. Through the years, we have developed products and technologies designed to save energy, increase performance and productivity, and create environments that are comfortable and safe for workers. 

From safe, efficient, low maintenance and noise-reducing conveyor technology, to the development of efficient processes and distribution methods that yield lower energy usage and costs, Wynright will thoroughly analyze your operation for every possible approach to incorporate sustainable practices, methods, products, processes and plans.