In order to meet customer demands and their service expectations, tire suppliers need to rely heavily on their warehouses to use the most advanced processes to ensure the end consumer is given a high-quality experience and product when they need it. These cutting-edge processes are taking the tire industry to the next level. In doing so, we have officially reached the next era of tire distribution innovation.
Current trends are showing the importance of moving from manual systems to automation in the warehouse in order to improve overall quality of the order fulfillment process, achieve 100% tractability and accuracy, all while reducing costs, human error and damage to product. Fortunately for all distribution facilities, these standards can be reached in not only newly constructed (Greenfield) warehouses, but in older, existing (Brownfield) facilities that still use manual processes
Fully Automated Tire Handling Approach
Many robotic manufacturers have begun to offer fully automated handling solutions for tire manufacturing and distribution, which is a benchmark of the new era. A single end-to-end material handling solution with an optimized layout design can utilize 50% less floor space than conventional solutions, and handles raw materials and compound products. Additionally, an automated handling solution has the capability of integrating with shipping trailers, conveyor systems, automatic tire identification systems, AGV systems and other specialty equipment and can generate cost savings of up to 50% by simplifying the material flow.
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