SCM Plus Consultants: Services

By: Scm Plus  09-12-2011
Keywords: Logistics, Material Handling, Warehouse Management


SERVICES
SCM Plus Consultants

is an independent and full service logistics systems consulting firm. The services we provide include:

• Logistics Strategy Development and Master Planning

• Plant, Warehouse and Distribution Center Layout

• Material Handling System Design and Implementation

• Information and Control System Design and Implementation

• Operating System and Organization Design

• Training Program and Operational Assistance


STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND MASTER PLANNING
From the start we are focused on proving flexible solutions designed to meet the current and emerging needs of your business. We observe, listen and carefully document your company’s business and logistics support requirements. Using transactional data that you supply, we quickly model the current and future state. From this foundation we create a comprehensive "blueprint" for change focused on achieving customer satisfaction and business goals.


PLANT, WAREHOUSE, AND DISTRIBUTION CENTER LAYOUT

We create flexible layouts that use space efficiently and effectively. Whether the layout is in an existing facility or in a new “greenfield” facility our goal is to fit the space around the function and process vs. fitting the function and process into the space. This approach has consistently provided our customers with initial capital cost savings and lower operating cost over time. We work closely with each client’s architect or construction firm to define the facility requirements for an effective and efficient layout.


MATERIAL HANDLING DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION
Our experience in material handling design and implementation includes conventional and automated approached for storage and handling systems. We provide expertise in developing accurate and efficient approached to unit load, layer, case, and piece storage picking and handling systems. We have utilized many technologies including: Automated storage and retrieval, carrousels, pick-to-light, and radio frequency paperless solutions utilizing radio frequency communications. Our systems have included sophisticated conveying and high speed sorting. We are experts at designing storage systems that optimize the used of space and minimize material handling and product damage. Our clients engage us to design and implement complete distribution center solutions that integrate material handling equipment, storage systems, warehouse management systems, automation controls, bar coding and RF identification.

PROCESS ENGINEERING
Process engineering is the foundation of all our designs and implementations. Our focus is making sure that requirements are understood and that an operationally feasible solution is developed and implemented. At SCM Plus consultants, we understand operations. The computer and material handling technologies we employ in our designs are only tools that enhance or enable effective and efficient processes. The process engineering approach permits us to explore and test alternatives on paper and in discussion with those who will use and maintain the system for years to come.

WAREHOUSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (WMS)
Proper selection, configuration and implementation of Warehouse Management System is an essential element in creating a high performance, low cost distribution environment. The number of WMS software products is extensive. We have implemented warehouse management systems on numerous hardware and operating platforms. In every WMS assignment we have assisted our client’s in defining and implementing the interfaces between WMS and host or ERP systems.

TRAINING
We understand that even a well conceived and designed system will not function to its expectations if managers, supervisors and operators of the system do not have knowledge of its purposes, and are not trained to use it properly. We have developed an approach and format for education and training that combines structured classroom and on-floor training. While each training program we develop is customized, the goal and results consistently ensure that every employee is educated, trained and practiced in the way things will work on the start-up day of the new system.

Keywords: Logistics, Material Handling, Warehouse Management, Warehouse Management Systems