Warehousing has become a very large activity in South Africa and almost all companies outsource their warehouses to other companies. Safcor Panalpina is a company which focuses on supply chain management and supporting services, of which warehousing is one. One of the companies that Safcor Panalpina does warehousing for is a major automation company to which will be referred to as ABC Automation. Their products include a wide variety of devices and spare parts for these devices. The devices are used by manufacturing companies to improve and monitor their processes and are mostly high-tech devices. There is always room for improvement in a warehouse and this project specifically focuses on the picking activity of ABC Automation’s warehouse operations.
The aim of this project is to improve the picking process in the warehouse operations. This will be done by studying and analysing the processes at Safcor Panalpina and using best practices from other warehouses to compare it with. Suggestions for solving inefficiencies in the current processes will be made by using industrial engineering tools that will be researched. The project outcome will be the suggestions for better and more productive processes in the warehouse.
Thesis (B Eng. (Industrial and Systems Engineering))--University of Pretoria, 2011.