Can Automation Systems Keep Customers Happy AND Save Money?

Can Automation Systems Keep Customers Happy AND Save Money?

Remember the old days, when you’d send in your Lucky Charms box tops for a magic ring, and the order form said you’d get your ring in six to eight weeks? In Kid Time, six to eight weeks was forever. We wanted that magic ring right away!

Maybe it was the memory of that “want it now” feeling that spurred the development of modern material handling systems capable of routinely delivering shipments in just one to five days. These dramatically reduced fulfillment times are due in large part to automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS). In addition to improved efficiency, AS/RS improves space utilization through increasing storage density, both vertically and horizontally. It can be a great way to keep real estate costs under control. Chelsea Tarr discusses the benefits in MHLnews: http://bit.ly/1jdR44l

So kids, send in your box tops now, and that AS/RS system will ship your ring in just a few minutes!

 

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When A Good Storage System Can Be A Matter Life And Death

When A Good Storage System Can Be A Matter Life And Death

When police investigators examine a crime, they collect bits and pieces of evidence by the dozen, everything from DNA evidence to the proverbial “smoking gun.” Every item has to be catalogued and stored for the use of detectives and courts, and without a well-organized high density storage system, key evidence can go missing.  In cases involving capital murder, missing evidence can send the wrong person to death row, or set a murderer free. Evidence expert John Vasquez discusses several such cases in a story for The Austin Chronicle, including that of accused murderer Hank Skinner and the blood-stained jacket that could exonerate him, or send him to death row – a jacket which has disappeared from the police evidence room: http://bit.ly/1mAK3h0

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Workplace Aesthetics: Good Design Can Be Efficient AND Easy On The Eyes

Workplace Aesthetics: Good Design Can Be Efficient AND Easy On The Eyes

When a federal health agency commissioned a new office building in the Washington, DC, area, the architects created a structure combining tinted glass and stone cladding –  an imposing, yet inviting exterior featuring clean lines and smooth surfaces. They wanted the interior space to be as visually pleasing as the exterior, but there was a potential problem. The pristine new hallways and office areas had to house hundreds of filing cabinets filled with paper records, and old-fashioned filing cabinets are notoriously unattractive.

The architects found new storage systems designed by manufacturer Datum featuring elegant and clean-lined designs. Files are still housed in drawers, but the drawers themselves are enclosed by a single cabinet door that slides out of the way when files need to be accessed. When closed, the cabinet doors’ smooth, sleek finish echoes the building’s clean modern lines – a perfect balance of form and function.

Datum file cabinets closed and secured.

Datum file cabinets closed and secured.


Datum cabinets open and accessible

Datum file cabinets open and accessible


Cabinet doors closed and secured

Cabinet doors closed and secured


Accessing high-density storage cabinets

Accessing high-density storage cabinets

When Military Insignia Meets RFID Technology

When Military Insignia Meets RFID Technology

Throughout military history, insignia has been used to identify the wearer’s status and honors. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Institute of Heraldry, housed at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, is charged with keeping track of some 15,000 items of insignia – medals, badges, ribbons, and flags that identify the bearer. For years, the Institute had a manual tracking system in place that was cumbersome, inefficient, and error-prone. In a remarkably self-referential solution, the Institute moved to an RFID system to ID their identifying insignia. Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1lGTnwP

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