Organising a busy warehouse should become a lot easier with the deployment of Hyster’s new generation of 3D simulation technology.
The software allows firms to plan out their storehouses virtually and assemble theoretical plans to get the most from their distribution points, creating everything from their shelving units, to the paths used by forklift trucks and even staff.
Robert O’Donoghue, general manager for Hyster’s warehouse products, explains: “Simulation is not an exact science, however it can provide a realistic indication of the viability of various fleet options. Warehouse managers will be able to consider different fleet mix scenarios and develop a good idea of potential pallet throughputs and related costs.”
By inputting key data into the system, with the help of a real-life Hyster ‘warehouse expert’, a series of algorithms based on the known performance parameters of each truck will then illustrate how the warehouse would actually work.
Developing the software with Incontrol Simulation Software BV, it aims to provide the most accurate representation of warehousing operations available. O’Donoghue continues: “We developed the software based on our significant experience of what actually happens in warehouse operations. It was important to make sure that we included all available information to provide an accurate picture of how a materials handling fleet would perform.”