Determine and confirm the operational needs
Produce a specification setting out the requirementIdentify Suppliers and Prepare ITT/RFQ Documentation
Assist with Procurement Advise on Commissioning and Handover
It is important to build flexibility into a design to allow for future developments and changes. The models LPC build are used to test the boundaries of the performance of the proposed concept and thereby assess its flexibility and resilience.
An added benefit of the modelling is that the models can be run in real time and using 3D graphics can provide movie files that enable the concept to be demonstrated to the operational team.
When looking at materials handling the starting point is determining the scope of the project. This can be summarised as:
- What you are handling
- Where are you moving it from and to
- How much are you moving
- How frequently are you moving it
Data on your products and activities needs to be gathered and analysed. The analysis should consider not only activity such as orderlines, but also the cube being moved. Future demands need to be incorporated into the analysis looking at perhaps a 5 to 10 year design horizon.
From the analysis you can determine the business requirements and taking account of your service levels and customer expectation you can build a DILO (Day in Life of) for your operation. The DILO together with the material flows from the analysis will allow you to design the operation and determine the equipment and numbers and types of MHE that you will need.
The operational design selected needs to be flexible to efficiently handle average and peak periods and to be capable of expansion for the future. It is often challenging to identify what future growth might look like or there is uncertainty over the reliability of the data. It can be very helpful to undertake modelling and simulation to test scenarios and gain confidence in the design.