I find the loading bay the most fascinating part of the factory. It sums up everything that’s brilliant and infuriating about modern logistics, all in one place.

The mix of high-speed pallet movements and just-in-time logistics makes for an environment that still has so many uncontrollable risks and high-stakes. It’s not somewhere you want your team standing around unprotected, but that’s exactly what happens with the job of pallet scanning.

Manual scanning, outside the protection of the forklift, using shared handheld devices. And that’s before we get on to labour shortages. Why has automation been so slow to arrive at the fastest place on the site?

MD of Bytronic Martin Hurworth shared his thoughts with Handling & Storage Solutions on why automated door dock scanning could be the solution.


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