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Moving Forward With Automation Projects While Avoiding ROI Pitfalls


Stay on Schedule and be Ready with Properly Trained Operators

 
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Given the vast scope of automation technologies on exhibit at ProMat 2017 this year, it’s clear that the interest in DC automation is expanding. However, interviews and feedback received from business managers clearly indicates that while they see the potential automation offers for their operations, there is some level of concern relative to achieving payback. This is because there are often unforeseen factors that alter the flow of cash and, depending on exactly how those factors play out, can determine how close the project comes to its promised ROI.

Only when companies buy an off-the-shelf machine that can be easily installed “plugged-in” and turned-on do they get immediate savings following the purchase. For custom designed projects the costs for planning, design engineering, manufacturing and installation are typically spread over 12 to 24 months or more before the system is in full operation. Only then can the company start to realize the benefits and resultant savings.


A lot can happen, and usually does over that extended period of time. So, it's important to factor in things like...

 
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Cliff Holste is SCDigest's Material Handling Editor,
and author of our Sorting it Out Column/Blog
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