Warehouse Management Software

WMS Software Uses & Benefits

A well-designed warehouse management system integrates computer systems, material handling equipment and people into a single working system.  The benefits are cost savings as well as improved customer service.  There are five key benefits of a well-designed WMS. A warehouse management system (WMS) is the backbone of day-to-day warehouse operations. WMS software applications help centralize warehouse tasks such as tracking stock locations and inventory levels.

Zero Information Errors

A WMS can eliminate errors using several methods. You can maintain 100% information verification resulting in excellent tracking. Every shipping operation is system-directed, and each product will move with more accuracy, thus eliminating operator error.

Improved Information Lead Times

Lead times are improved by moving from paper based to electronic transmissions. Electronic data and radio communications used in your WMS lower lead times exponentially. A WMS brings lead times to nearly zero, contributing greatly to your bottom line. The speed of this accuracy assists in everything from faster turnaround time to plans for loading trucks, freight ratings, personnel requirements and order prioritization.

Maximize Your Team

A well-designed WMS increases your team’s productivity. It can select tasks from a queue of all pending activities and prioritize them. It can also provide feedback to the management team to assist with future planning including peak labor hours. When you ship perfect orders, your demand history is not cluttered with repeat shipments or replacement materials for incorrectly shipped items, helping to ensure that your demand history is clean. The correct WMS not only improves your perfect order rate, it can use the history to predict future demand using a “best fit” algorithm to calculate demand.

Maximize Space

A WMS can improve space utilization in your facility. The system can tell an operator where to put an item and maximize each slot for the best fit. Ensuring inventory is stored in the proper environment and used in the best order helps to minimize scrap, waste, and obsolescence. Improved record accuracy allows you to minimize safety stock, on hand quantities and lot sizes so you can achieve savings.

Improve Capacity

A WMS can improve capacity by allowing goods to move more quickly through the warehouse. A WMS provides quality information and with zero information lead time, it can allow you to reduce inventory levels. It can also use cross-docking to reduce handling and storage needs. Cross-docking can be an efficient way to achieve continuous flow throughout your operation. A WMS that can anticipate receipts, customer orders and item movements can maximize cross-docking opportunities.

Before selecting your WMS be sure the system you are considering has the right capabilities for your business.  For help with selecting contact us today and we can assist you in understanding all your options.

Mobile Solar Generators

Benefits of Mobile Solar Generators

KMH Mobile Generator:  Clean Power.

The Solar Eclipse line of mobile solar generators has been developed to meet the off-grid power needs of environmentally conscious customers across a variety of industries, including emergency preparedness/relief, events, entertainment, electric vehicle charging, telecommunications, agriculture and construction.

Since there are no fuel costs associated with solar, the total cost of leasing our generators or light towers is far less than leasing their diesel equivalents. Since solar stores extra energy and supplies it only when needed, it is far more efficient than diesel.

Off-grid mobile solar solutions go anywhere, anytime. Having assisted in emergency and disaster relief efforts, our products and teams are ready for deployment in an instant.  Whether you are hosting a festival, working on construction sites around the clock or helping in a crisis, we have what you need.

For environmentally conscious customers who can’t compromise on reliability, our product line delivers without sacrifice. Each of our mobile solar generators, light towers and telecommunications equipment is designed to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions.

MOBILE GENERATORS

  • Custom designed for rapid deployment and minimum maintenance.
  • Capable of being setup by a single adult in less than 5 minutes.
  • Designed for on and off-road conditions.
  • Noise- and emissions-free.
Solar Eclipse SCT20

FEATURES

  • Manufactured with high-efficiency polycrystalline solar modules.
  • Utilizes pure sine-wave outdoor rated inverters and equipment lockers.
  • Flush mounted exterior outlets and breakers with backup generator and shore-power options.
  • 100% UL-Approved components with 10 year product warranty.
  • No special permits or licenses required to operate or be towed in transit.
  • Motion shock-absorbers for solar panel safety in movement.
  • Deep-cell industrial batteries with extended life and center-mounted for stability in transit.
  • Designed for rapid deployment with a standard trailer pintle towing hitch.
  • Ruggedly mobile with a polyurethane-coated steel frame

BENEFITS

  • Custom designed for rapid deployment and minimum maintenance.
  • Capable of being setup by a single adult and generating renewable energy in less than 5 minutes.
  • Designed for on and off-road conditions.
  • Noise- and emissions-free.

KMH is committed to environmentally friendly energy solutions that out perform the competition. Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 to learn how you can invest in your Solar future and utilize these state of the art resources for your company.

LED Turnkey Retrofit Provider

Your LED Turnkey Retrofit Provider

SAVE ENERGY. SAVE MONEY.

KMH Systems Your Trusted Partner in Energy Management

Your LED Turnkey Retrofit Provider

You are already paying for this project so why not reap the rewards by completing it!

  • Drastic Energy reductions and cost savings
  • Full Utility Incentive Management
  • Improved Light Quality and Output
  • Free Surveys and Consultation
  • Interior and Exterior
  • Controls and Implementation

Reduce Your Energy Consumption

KMH Systems can reduce your energy consumption by up to 50% with High Efficiency LED & Linear Fluorescent solutions!

Quick Return On Investment

Combine eligible rebates from your energy provider and energy savings for an incredibly quick return on your investment!

Request Your Complimentary Survey & Evaluation Below!

Construction Equipment Rental

Construction & Forestry Rental Benefits

Construction and Forestry equipment is too-often left to collect dust until it’s needed for a new project.  Doing so leads to equipment depreciation. Renting can be a double benefit to construction and forestry companies because rental fees are often immediately deductible as business expenses as opposed to depreciated over a long period of time.

Instead of buying it, renting includes the opportunity to “upgrade” your equipment as you see fit, which gets around maintenance costs, and costly storage space.  For many construction and forestry firms, renting instead of buying heavy equipment is a net benefit for the company, and gives managers the opportunity to try out construction equipment before making a purchase.

Since we maintain the unit, you avoid the expense of upkeep. If a piece of machinery breaks down, we will fix it, and if the repair will take an extended amount of time, we will usually exchange the broken unit with a different one.

What industries benefit the most from renting?

Agriculture
Automotive
Construction
Earth Moving
Government
Landscape
Logging
Military/Defense
Mining
Plumbing
Recycling
Retail
Trucking
Waste
Warehouses

Top Ten reasons to consider Renting:

  • Saves money in many cases
  • Caters to short-term equipment need
  • Provides specialty performance
  • Satisfies temporary production increases
  • Fills in when regular machines need maintenance or fail
  • Helps meet deadline crunches
  • Expands machine inventory
  • Increases overall capability when and where needed
  • Eliminates responsibility of testing, maintenance, service
  • Makes the project schedule easier to manage with on-demand resources

With a wide range of units suitable for nearly all projects, KMH has helped countless companies increase their ROI with our flexible rental programs.

Gravity Conveyor

Benefits of Skatewheel & Gravity Conveyors

A gravity conveyor moves the load without utilizing motor power sources, usually down an incline or through a person pushing the load along a flat conveyor. A gravity conveyor can utilize skatewheels or full rollers. Excellent for the warehouse, back room, & production lines.

Skatewheel or Roller: Which Gravity Do I Need?

Skatewheel Conveyor

Made with steel skatewheels mounted on axles to convey product. This is the most economical type of conveyor. It is frequently used for loading trucks with the conveyor set up on removable stands or supports. Skatewheel conveyors are good for items with a smooth, flat bottom. Unlike power conveyor, the load can be wider than your conveyor if centered correctly. Skate wheel conveyors flow better than roller conveyor. A minimum of ten wheels should be positioned beneath your load at any given time.

Gravity Roller Conveyor

Uses rollers for greater weight carrying capacities than skatewheel. Rollers are recommended for uneven, open, or rimmed bottom packages. They have springloaded axles for easy removal & replacement. Unlike skatewheel conveyors, product should never be wider than the rollers. Use at least three rollers under a product at any given time.

Benefits of Skatewheel Conveyor:

  • Require less pitch to convey the product
  • Lightweight loads and empty cartons move easily on the skatewheel conveyor
  • As the load negotiates curves the skatewheels provide this differential action
  • Less energy is needed to turn the wheels and that makes skatewheel good at maintaining speed
  • Since each wheel turns independently,  skatewheel conveyors are excellent for

Benefits of Gravity Roller Conveyor

  • They are cost effective because they require no power to work effectively
  • Easy to install, and only require basic maintenance
  • They can be used in a variety of environments and fit into even awkwardly shaped rooms
  • Gravity conveyors are easy to fit into a powered conveyor system
  • Can be modified with curved roller units, spurs and personnel gates

For any space you are looking to utilize a conveyor system, we can advise you on how the systems work, and whether they can be fitted into your particular business space.

Winterizing Your Dock Equipment

Winterizing Your Docks – Increase Your ROI

Investing in making doors and docks energy efficient can return a different kind of green in the form of measurable cost savings. The more docks with weather-stripping problems, the higher the energy costs in the facility. You can increase your ROI quickly before the cold weather hits and make your docks a safer and more comfortable environment for your workers and products.

Dock Seals and Shelters

A dock seal is a system of vinyl covered compressed foam padding which lines the edge of a loading dock door. Dock seals are designed to close and protect the gap between the dock door opening and a truck trailer so that the process of loading and unloading isn’t negatively impacted by the elements.

Without efficient seal solutions in place, dock operations are at risk for cold air and snow penetration, energy loss, unsafe loading and unloading conditions, and damage to products and equipment.

Unlike a dock seal, a dock shelter is a structure with a curtain style cover designed to protect the space between a truck trailer and the building from the elements. Dock shelters cannot be used in conjunction with dock seals and vice-versa. Dock shelters are typically installed when dock seals aren’t an effective solution or a building must accommodate a variety of truck styles and sizes.

Weather-Stripping

Missing, damaged, or improperly installed weather-stripping on overhead doors and dock levelers can be costly. A quarter inch gap around a standard 9’ x 10’ overhead door and dock leveler is like having a one square foot hole in the wall for cold air and moisture to pour in. The more docks with weather-stripping problems, the higher the energy costs in the facility. On average, effective weather-stripping pays for itself in 2-3 months while increasing comfort inside the facility.

Overhead Doors

Sectional overhead doors are often specified for upfront cost savings on the doors themselves and not for long term energy advantages. As a result, many commercial and industrial facilities are forced to deal with the shortcomings of doors that meet minimum construction standards but don’t adequately handle the snow, cold, and wind of a typical winter.

The reason is that many standard sectional doors (pan doors) are constructed as hollow shells with Styrofoam pieces inserted. When pan doors are dented or damaged their thermal resistance decreases. When a damaged overhead door section is replaced with one that doesn’t match the original manufacturer, the door sections may not seal properly resulting in energy loss.

Consider the benefits and advantages of an expert solution provider. A qualified commercial & industrial door and dock solution provider can help you design an effective, well balanced winterization strategy that fits your unique operational requirements and delivers long term ROI.

The Benefits of a Combilift

The Benefits of a Combilift

Combilift is the world’s first IC engine-powered all-wheel-drive multidirectional forklift. It is a combination of forklift and side-loader, is highly maneuverable, very safe, cost effective and supremely efficient.

Combilift forklifts are equipped with a unique 4-way steering system that allows the units to travel sideways with long loads. By eliminating the need to travel with elevated long loads, the unit provides greater stability. Its integrated platform with low center of gravity also provides a more stable base.

The Combilift allows the handling of goods by being able to maneuver easily through doorways that are narrower than the load it carries. This results in less product damage and safer handling as well as eliminating the need for oversized doorways or conveyors.

Combilift operates equally efficiently both indoors and out. The Combilift’s ability to work inside and out and to replace a combination of other types of forklift allows more streamlined offloading and load handling in and around the warehouse.

THE COMBILIFT ADVANTAGES

Safer Product Handling
Space Savings
Long Load Handling
Reliable Robust Simple Design
Indoor and Outdoor Use
Increased Productivity
Less Product Damage
Operator and Maintenance Friendly
Green 
Maximized storage capabilities
 Reduced handling times & costs
 Less damage to product or property
Sortation Conveyor

Selecting The Best Sortation System

A sortation system (sorter) is an integrated material handling conveyor system that automatically diverts product to a conveyor or chute for delivery to other areas of the DC including put-away, consolidation, replenishment, picking, audit, and outbound shipments. A sorter usually is chosen when the required speed and accuracy of an operation are too great to compensate for with manual labor.

Selecting a sortation systems depends on several factors. It is recommended to invest a significant amount of time to understand the entire process and to interview all work areas and levels of operation. The following questions, however, will typically help narrow the options for a shipping sorter, and you can also schedule a free Operational Audit with KMH to have one of our Team members help you assess your facility and operational needs.

What are the goals? Specify the needs among speed, accuracy, reducing human touches, freeing up floor space, process changes, building expansion, etc.

What are the product characteristics (dimensions, weights and types)?

Is the product trucked by pallet load, individual cartons or in another fashion?

Will cartons be shrink-wrapped or have other reflective properties? This adds complexity to the system’s equipment selection such as scanners and photo eye.

Does each individual carton have a readable (via inline scanner) bar code and where is the bar code located on the product?

What is the average weight and the maximum weight of the product? This will affect equipment selection and/or drive size requirements.

How many cartons need to be conveyed and sorted across a specific amount of time? Simple math provides the average throughput rate required for the system.

If it is a shipping sortation system, how many dock doors will the sorter feed? 

Can this quantity of doors accept the volume of product being delivered by the sorter?

What is the anticipated growth of operations?

These key questions will narrow the applicable sortation options so one can begin understanding the rough cost.   An example would be a distribution center that receives truckloads of unsorted boxes of shoes and sorts them onto pallets by style, size, width, and color. A sortation system can identify and sort based on the desired characteristic to a specific location so they can eventually be consolidated onto a pallet for further processing or storage.

“A place for everything and everything in its place” is a philosophy nowhere more applicable than when you’re overseeing a distribution center (DC). Your DC can thrive at top speeds with the proper sorting systems in place.

PalletPal Walkie

The Benefits of PalletPal Walkie

Working in an industrial setting which involves a lot of lifting, twisting and turning can be strenuous to your employees. You may see lost time in production, or worse, workman compensation claims

Similar in design to the, “PalletPal 360 Spring Level Loader”, the PalletPal Walkie can take the PalletPal on the go! This unit can hold a pallet up to 2,500 lbs with an overall raised height of 31 inches.

A worker simply drives the pallet truck into the PalletPal’s built in fork channels.  Flared ends in fork channels make lining up the forks simple. An empty pallet is positioned on the skid resistant platform. The worker does the same job he has always done, except the platform is at a comfortable height which can be loaded easily with no bending or stretching. As more items are added the Walkie’s spring compresses to lower the platform while keeping the top level at a comfortable, ergonomic height.

PalletPal Walkie Features:

    • Automatic Height Adjustment – Spring mechanism responds to load
    • Requires no electrical power
    • Platform accommodates all types of pallets and skids including GEO and half pallets
    • Platform recesses and narrow base pads allows workers to get closer to the load

    Make loading and unloading pallets faster, safer and easier!

PalletPal

Our award-winning team takes pride in helping you meet the challenges of your dynamic operation. Contact us today to get the right equipment for you. Contact your local KMH Representative at 888-564-7978 or fill-out the form below…

Plan Ahead: 4 Early Bird Tips for Busy Seasons

Plan Ahead: 4 Early Bird Tips for Busy Seasons

Now is the perfect time to prepare and train for the largest two retail days of the year, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  During the next couple of months you can prepare your team in multiple areas, find weak points in your work flow and take these weeks to make sure they are well prepared.  Once the rush arrives no one will be taken by surprise, and they will be more at ease with the upsurge in activity.

Delivering outstanding customer service during the upcoming busy season will help retain customers and increase your long term sales goals.  By ensuring your workflow is easily able to scale up to any demand is easier to practice in advance with training, trial runs and team incentives.

CROSS TRAINING

Cross training prepares employees for any challenge and gives them the ability to keep your workflow in step with your needs. From unforeseen illness to employee turnover, there are some gaps in the day you cannot predict or prepare for. Not only does cross training your team help in times of need, it gives them confidence to do more and become trainers themselves down the road if needed.

Cross training helps eliminate confusion and mistakes. An easy to implement tool for cross training is to start a job shadowing program. Once or twice a week, or for even part of a work day, a team member can shadow someone in another area and learn everything they need to know. Doing this will train people in new areas and an added benefit is it gives the trainer a chance to shine. You can even incentives for team members who train in your shadowing programs.

EXPAND YOUR SALES DATES

While most sellers will wait until Black Friday and Cyber Monday to offer discounts on their products and services you can get ahead of the game not only in your ROI but in your operations by running a few sales this fall testing your workflow capacity before the Holiday is a good way to see how a small surge in orders impacts your team’s ability to keep up. Having a special for your regular customers, offering a discount or bundled kit offer can allow for you to test your systems using a manageable “rush” incentive.

Get together with your management team and decide which products or services wouldn’t put to large of a “crush” on your team if you received a lot of orders for them and lower your prices to test your Holiday logistics in advance. When you run these early sales you could even move your team to the areas where they were cross trained. This way your team can let you know any areas they think they need more training in.

INCREASE ADDED VALUE SERVICES

Expand product offerings. From building gift baskets to creating twin-packs, value-added services help to give your customers more buying choices. Better manage inventory. Stock fewer SKUs which reduces the cost of carrying and managing inventory. With value-added operations close to the end customer, you can delay product configuration until the last possible minute, so you can respond more accurately to customer demand. You can ask existing suppliers to perform more value-added functions. This will reduce your number of suppliers and streamline your supply chain.

INCREASE EMPLOYEE CARE & MORALE

One of the easiest ways to keep your workflow from slowing down is to take a few simple steps to promote team morale. From more free choices in the break room to on site lunches once a week or month, you will find your team appreciating you and happy to pitch in when needed. You can send a “Thank You” via email from your top managers that does not mention profits but instead simply expresses appreciation for their time, care and work. This can go a long way with all of your team.

Though it is a simple gesture, remember to take a moment to thank your team whenever you are on site – they move the mountain in slow times and busy seasons for you!

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