Modula, a valuable aid to speed up the back-to-business process in total safety

26/05/2020

"How can we make our facilities safe and efficient after COVID-19?"
This is the question that has been asked everywhere lately.

We can consider the COVID-19 pandemic to be the most serious health crisis of modern times, which has caused a shock to the global economy, triggering serious turbulence in the raw materials, financial and M&A markets, as well as in many industrial and tertiary sectors.

The exact long-term effects on our economy are still unclear, but it is certain that the world will look different.

In fact, companies have already had to gear up to minimize the spread of the virus. Social distancing and personal protection devices have become key words. Now every office or department is equipped with a dispenser with sanitizing gel, masks are provided at the entrance of all company premises, and the body temperature of personnel is measured daily.

The global economy will become significantly more automated

Automation can certainly help us deal with the safe restarting of business activities: all statistics speak of an important increase in the automation sector and the machinery industry in the post-pandemic world. There is talk of aggregate growth of 12% between now and 2025 just for industrial automation systems.

Automation and digitalization across the industrial sector have been a solid trend in the past decade, driving strong growth in the market for automated production, logistics, and supply chain systems. Although 2020 will be a challenge for every industrial sector, medium and long-term investments are expected to increase.

Even our Modula automatic vertical storage system plays its role in this scenario and can be a valuable aid for many companies to operate again but with much higher safety standards.

How can vertical storage systems be a valuable aid for businesses today?

What we learned from this experience is that automation protects people, especially in logistics, thanks to social distancing but above all because of the automated management of goods.

Social distancing
Modula proved to be an important ally in those departments where a single operator could do the picking without having to interact with others and at a minimum distance of 1.5 meters, which happens to be the minimum width of our trays.
Many customers became independent of external suppliers for stock and materials and have been able to guarantee the continuity of operations without relying on external supplies.
With Modula storage systems, the technological and human aspects converge favoring health and safety in the workplace. There is no need for multiple operators picking items next to each other along aisles, and there are no trolleys or forklifts: with Modula, the operator only comes into contact with the bay, which therefore is the only area to be sanitized.

Efficiency
Modula vertical storage systems are the best solution to guarantee the operational continuity and productivity of the warehouse in any situation, especially in this back-to-business effort. In fact, a single operator can perform up to 120 pickings/hour.
Fewer resources are needed to process the same number of orders.
Efficiency is not affected, even with fewer personnel and reorganized shifts, as required to increase social distancing.

Learning curve
With 30 minutes of training, anyone can productively and safely operate a Modula storage system.
For Steve Davis, the General Manager of Walser Reconditioning, one of Modula's best surprises was how easy it is to learn how to operate the machine: "I can have someone trained to use Modula within an hour, from the most basic to the most complex operation".
This is not only great for the regular operation of the machine but also when a worker has to be suddenly replaced or shifts need to be reorganized.

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