Material Handling Analysis
  • A large grower of fresh produce was concerned about operational risks and payback on high-density automated storage. We reviewed the supplier’s proposal and recommended ways to reduce the risk while still gaining the benefits of density and automation.
  • A major airline wanted a top to bottom review of material handling at its main overhaul base. We checked more than a dozen handling methods in its multi-story, multi-building complex, and performed cost justification where needed.
  • A world leader in industrial trucks was planning a new high-rise warehouse. We planned the material handling methods, including a new conveyor system and the use of an innovative shelf-picking truck.
  • A chemical manufacturer was debating where to palletize and how to convey finished goods from multiple filling lines across a railroad track and into its distribution center. We evaluated pallet and case conveyors and other transport options, and identified the best solution.
  • A new distribution center was planned with increased clear height and taller flow-through racks. We pointed out that the planned configuration exceeded the safe lifting height of existing trucks, thus avoiding a major oversight in the capital budget.
  • The world’s largest maker of soup needed to expand one of its largest distribution centers.  We helped to analyze material movements and evaluate handling methods.
  • The world’s largest central bank asked us to make a complete review of materials handling methods in their 13 storage vaults and cash processing facilities.  Scope included container design, use of automated storage/retrieval machines and automated guided vehicles.  Our findings guided the design of new facilities.
  • A leading manufacturer of household consumer products needed better ways to move finished goods from palletizers to a separate building for finished goods storage.  We identified and evaluated the costs and benefits of ten material handling methods.