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Supply Chain | Warehouse Design

Warehouse Equipment Attributes Matrix (E)

Warehouse DesignLogistics is very expensive function of every company. Warehouse is very expensive, often contributing 25% of total logistics. At same time warehouse need to provide sufficient service level to customer. Therefore, planning of warehouse design is crucial for effective and cost efficient service.


Posted: Dec 2013

We may be able to rule in or out automation, we begin to look at what's left, what are the particular attributes of the equipment. For this one I have a conventional racking equipment types, along the top, so APR is adjustable pallet racking, which is the normal pallet racking seen in a lot of warehouses, conventional warehouses. This may be double-deep, which is the next column so there is one pallet behind the other, two deep.
Alternatively there may be a narrow aisle configuration where specialist narrows aisle trucks, which can go generally higher than reach trucks and wide aisle equipment. So that's in the third column.

Another option is to have drive in racking, which is like a block stack, but with pallets supported to each end by racking and the forklift trucks actually drive into the racking to place the items, as I say, in the form of a block stack.

Another option is mobile racking where the whole rack will open up and close as it is used in some archiving library systems that you may be familiar with.

Another option is live racking where pallets are placed on roller so that when a pallet is moved other pallets behind will automatically roll down.

Warehouse Equipment Attributes Matrix

And the final one is push-back racking which is similar to live except that the first pallet is put on to racking and then a second pallet is used to push that further back and then the third pallet being put on to push those further back, and then as you release each one the ones behind move forward.

So if you look at the attributes of each of those we can compare them. For example, if strict first in, first out is an absolute requirement of the system, then we can see from this that we need full rack and time to actually meet that requirement strictly. So, at this stage we may begin to rule out certain equipment types just by looking at the attributes of the different types of equipment.  


7 Steps of Warehouse Design
Planning Horizons
Planning Levels
Equipment resource Levels
Day in the Warehouse
Warehouse Zones
Case Picking Methods
Warehouse Equipment Selection
Fixed and Variable Costs
Relative Attributes of Warehouse Design
Suitability for SKU Throughput Ranges
Warehouse Equipment Attributes Matrix
Final Warehouse Equipment Selection Factors

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