Video Analysis Improves Warehouse Efficiency
Modern day time and motion studies net big savings for distribution centers and warehouses.
(Boonton, NJ, October 28, 2010) For most DC managers, it's a mystery why some workers excel at a warehouse task while others lag.
But The Progress Group has found a way to uncover the secrets of warehouse worker performance.
In the November issue of industry newsletter, Distribution Center Management, partner Steve Mulaik explains:
The company begins by videotaping multiple workers repeatedly performing the same task. Analysts then watch the video in slow motion to slice and dice which movements are time savers and which are time wasters.
The company then uses its findings to train workers in the best way to tackle a particular task.
In each case, we've found savings of 10 to 30 percent, Mulaik says.
The process and some unlikely problems that have been uncovered are profiled in the November issue of Distribution Center Management.
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