10 ways material handling can make your operation more secure
We’re preparing to release the latest Cisco-Eagle publication: “10 Ways to use Material Handling to Increase Security.” It’s common sense that the way you store, handle, segment, and track inventory has a great deal to do with security. Material handling is important because it’s a persistent, passive enhancement to regular security procedures and equipment. Material handling certainly doesn’t replace guards, careful hiring, a culture of honesty, and camera systems, but it can make all of them better.
- Store the most valuable, highest risk inventory & tools in secure areas
- Secure palletized loads, even when stored in racks
- Tightly control dock door access
- Secure valuable inventory as early as possible after receiving it, and prior to shipment
- Enhance security with automated material handling systems
- Lay out your plant with security considerations in mind
- Utilize cycle counts, irregular monitoring to detect & deter pilferage
- Separate staging areas from loading & shipping docks
- Secure inventory “where it sits” during receiving
- Erect a barrier between shipping and receiving doors
Sadly, most industrial operations suffer more from employee-based pilferage, since they don’t face shoplifters or other intruders. There is a fully developed industrial security area relating to material handling on our website, with articles, products, specifications, links and more information. Check it out. If you want to receive a copy of the upcoming paper, sign up for Material Handling Tips & Info, our award-winning newsletter. All subscribers will receive a link to the digital version when it publishes.
Scott Stone is Cisco-Eagle's Marketing Director with three decades of experience in material handling, warehousing and industrial operations. He writes on automation, warehousing, safety, manufacturing and other areas of concern for industrial operations.