Written by Steve Hudgik
Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), at the simplest level, are used to control and track the movement and storage of materials within a warehouse. Over the years the functions of warehouse management systems have expanded to include shipping, receiving, picking and putaway. When using techniques such as cross docking, warehouse management systems are critical for managing the flow of materials through the warehouse.
A major function of warehouse management is to provide centralized management for tracking inventory levels, including real-time information about shelving and bin utilization. A warehouse management system tracks material locations and is used to optimize equipment and staff used for picking, replenishment and putaway. Signs and labels are a critical component to accomplishing this.
While the warehouse management system will determine where to pick, where to stock, and the optimum sequence in which these should be done, those doing the work need visual direction and identification to help them perform their jobs well.
Put a DuraLabel label printer in your warehouse and you'll have the labeling resources to handle all your warehouse visual communication needs. Label racks, shelves, bins and lay-down areas. Make safety signs that ensure your warehouse is 100% OSHA compliant. Mark hazardous materials with GHS labels. Place durable bar code labels on pallets, drums, crates and boxes to make tracking them with your WMS simple and easy.
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Proper implementation of a Warehouse Management System will help to:
The OSHA Hazardous Communication Standard (HCS) requires that Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labels be used. If you are a chemical manufacturer or distributor you are required to apply GHS labels to all chemicals you ship. If your warehouse sorts and consolidates orders onto pallets or in crates, they will need to be marked on the outside with a GHS label. It may also be necessary to place GHS labels on incoming shipments that are divided and sent to multiple locations. In addition, storage locations for hazardous materials should be marked with the proper signage.
A warehouse management system will track hazardous materials throughout your warehouse, but you'll need to ensure they are properly labeled and that storage locations, including temporary storage locations, are marked by signs.
The same DuraLabel printer that makes your general warehouse and wayfinding signs and labels, can also be used to make GHS and hazardous materials labels and signs. DuraLabel printers are the most versatile label printers you can get – and this means they have a tremendous ROI. Call 1-888-326-9244 and ask about a DuraLabel printer for your warehouse today.