Warehouse Control Systems: Automating the Warehouse

As the ecommerce world continues to become more reliant on technology, warehouse operations are not exempt from the advancements of the digital age. Warehouse control systems are the latest and greatest way to streamline processes, maximize efficiency, and improve overall warehouse performance. It provides management with a comprehensive view of the warehouse. 

This includes everything from basic conveyors to more complex systems like sorters, automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS), goods-to-person, palletizing/depalletizing, print and apply labeling, conveyors, pick-to-light modules, carousels, sorters, and AGVs, and other technologies.Other technological solutions, such as those involving robots, and MDR conveyor systems typically introduce more complexity. This article will delve into the advantages of warehouse control systems, their various components, and how they can benefit your warehouse.

What is a Warehouse Control System (WCS)?

A warehouse control system (WCS) is a computerized system that oversees and controls the flow of materials and information within a warehouse. It is responsible for the coordination of all warehouse activities such as receiving, storing, picking, packing, and shipping. A WCS can also be used to manage inventory, optimize labor efficiency, and provide real-time visibility into warehouse operations. The warehouse control system directs real-time activities within the warehouse and fulfillment centers rather than individually controlling warehouse automation devices.