The Cost of Doing Nothing
Investing in automation, whether it’s a full accounting system or a simple asset tracking system, is a big decision. Your owner or management needs to understand what they will get for the money they will be spending.
The initial question is typically “what will it add that will benefit the business financially?” We suggest that a better argument is “What will it cost if we do nothing?” Will we need to hire more people? Write off more lost equipment or inventory? Will we be able to comply with traceability requirements or will we be paying fines?
Clearly, there is no reason to purchase and install a new system unless it will be of benefit to the company. We have a couple of Return on Investment calculators for our prospects that step through the thought process to evaluating the monetary return. If these aren’t designed for your industry, they will be a starting point for you. Feel free to call our Account Managers for help in determining your ROI (Return on Investment).
Calculating Yields in Fresh Food Processing & Packing
If you are a Seafood Processor or Fresh Produce Packer and you do not know your yields, you may be losing money!
With a competitive market and slim margins comes the need to increase the amount of sellable product you produce out of each lot. Calculating this yield can be a challenge unless you have a system like SIMBA that can do it for you on the fly.
Imagine being knowing your yields per lot, per day, per line – at any time. You can identify issues with machinery or understand who needs more training on the fly. Reacting immediately to these issues can make the difference between a mediocre season or a profitable year.
Battery Management for Mobile Computing Requires Planning
Most of us are used to recharging our cell phones regularly. We just get in the habit of plugging them in at night or when we’re working on our laptop. But what about the mobile devices used for barcode scanning and printing, or the industrial tablets used by your delivery drivers? If these batteries die, your production is at a halt. It takes planning to manage battery life in an industrial mobility environment.
Some brief suggestions:
- Always purchase a spare battery for each mobile device.
- Have a plan for rotating batteries at regular intervals – end or beginning of a shift, for example.
- Use multi-slot chargers – they are typically less expensive than a single cradle or charger and you can recharge many batteries at once. Intermec has a flex-dock that allows charging of multiple Intermec technologies (shown here).
- Train your people to be aware of battery life.
While the industrial devices are designed to run on back-up batteries that retain transactions so you won’t lose data, you will experience a delay in production if a battery goes down mid-shift.
Talk with your DSI Account Manager if you need to improve your battery management plan.