The loading dock is not always the first place that companies think of when considering automation in their warehouse, but it should be. Automating the loading dock can greatly improve the efficiency of a warehouse and reduce the risk of accidents and injuries by eliminating the need for manual labor.
One of the key reasons loading docks are a good candidate for automation is because of the safety risks that are inherent in operating them. Loading docks contribute to about 25% of industrial accidents. Moving to an automated trailer loading system can significantly improve safety and reduce the risks of injury in a warehouse.
Another advantage of automating the loading dock is that it often doesn’t require integration with a warehouse management system (WMS) or other IT systems. This makes it a fast and easy automation win that can be implemented quickly and with minimal disruption to existing operations.
Lastly, the speed of the loading dock has one of the most outsized impacts on the responsiveness of a warehouse to customer demand. Automating the loading dock can help to speed up the process of receiving and shipping goods, reducing the time that goods spend in the warehouse and improving customer service.
Slip Robotics makes a trailer loading and unloading automation solution that is a good candidate for a warehouses first set of automation. It is a good candidate because it doesn’t require changes to dock, trailer, or workflows. It also doesn’t require any IT or WMS integration. Slip’s solution does dramatically increase the speed of loading and unloading, reduce cost, and improve safety by removing the need for operators to go into and out of trailers. To learn more about Slip Robotics solution and see if it is a good candidate for your warehouse’s first automation, contact us.