So what does logistics mean to the lab animal industry?
// Feb, 2017

So what does logistics mean to the lab animal industry?

Logistics, n. pl. Art of moving & quartering troops, & supplying and maintaining a fleet.

So that’s the dictionary definition of logistics, but what does it mean within an Animal Facility?

It’s most fitting explanation is the system by which ‘consumable’ items are moved throughout the facility between the points at which they are washed, stored and ‘consumed’ or put into use. Now this system could and should be fantastic - in which case it would run smoothly and efficiently, with ergonomic trolleys and materials-handling equipment that just perform ‘in the background’ as it were.

Of course this isn’t always the case as many systems suffer from lack of integration and equipment that is poorly made and not matched with the “consumables” being used. We have the  perfect solution!

Here is the IWT six point plan to help you ensure the logistic element of your animal facility is fully functional.

1.       A complete system –  Well thought out integration is probably the key to a successful logistics system. We have found that the movement, storage and handling of equipment throughout a facility is often either ignored or forgotten completely during facility design. For this reason we usually raise this question early on when involved in project discussions.

2.       Design – By watching various methods of operation and working in facilities themselves, IWT designers have come up with some novel product features that often make staff wonder how they ever did without them. Drawer-style crate trolleys for example save space, energy and time with just a few simple ideas being integrated into the bottle trolley design.

3.       Quality – Decent castors can make all the difference between ‘shopping trolley’ syndrome and a decent long-lasting trolley that is easy to push and steer without body straining.

4.       Durability –  The life of a piece of equipment within an animal facility is very often a rough one - particularly on a Friday! If a piece of equipment that is used day-in day-out does not have the robustness to stand this work regime, then it will be worse than useless. 

5.       Balance - There is of course a balance between durability and practicality. A bottle crate may well last fifty years if it is made in quarter inch stainless steel plate, but then of course staff would not be able to lift it. IWT believe that they have reached the right balance between avoiding manual handling issues whilst delivering equipment that can withstand the rigours of a typical facility.

6.       Universality –  Our system is of course designed to work with Tecniplast cages and ancillary equipment, but it can often be used with cages, bottles and items from other manufacturers.

For more information about the logistic and materials handling equipment that Tecniplast offer please click here or speak to your account manager.



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