How to Map Out Material Handling Workflows for Increased Productivity and Fewer Errors

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  • Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In this webinar, Lowry Solutions and Honeywell Sensing and Productivity Solutions come together to discuss solutions for workflow process documentation and improvement. Honeywell’s Donald Carte will introduce their views and methods for recognizing the signs of inefficient processes and what you can do to begin documenting and analyzing these processes. Paul Rakowicz of Lowry Solutions will follow with a presentation that specifically addresses process improvement in material handling industries, including manufacturing, consumer packaged goods (CPG), and food and beverage. Rakowicz will also address real-world applications of process improvements through several case studies.

Why Attend This Webinar:

  • Discover what a mature material handling workflow process is
  • Recognize the signs of inefficient processes
  • Learn how to document your own workflow processes
  • Gain insight into the success of several companies after implementing direct process improvement solutions from Lowry Solutions

Traveling the road to increased productivity and reduced errors inside warehouse or distribution center operations requires a few important first steps. Before you can map out where you are going, it’s vital that you have an understanding of where you are now. Honeywell’s Workflow Performance Initiative offers operations staff and executives the opportunity to map out important workflows to establish a “current state” starting point, and helps them imagine the impact that available technology could have on the organization’s process maps by producing “future state” examples for comparison.

What You Will Learn:

As supply chains become more complex, it is essential to ensure that your workflow process is mature and efficient. So many organizations find themselves without a real process to keep track of their ever-growing inventory. Or, if they do have a process, it is a reactive one that relies heavily on manually updated spreadsheets, leaving lots of room for inefficiency, inconsistency, and human error. Generally, any processes that are in place lack traceability. They are not documented or communicated; rather, they rely on “tribal knowledge,” and there is no formal training based around them.

Companies need to better align their goals with the actual processes and workflows they use to accomplish these goals. Understanding where there is a gap will help them determine what kind of solution they need.

By analyzing the maturity of their workflow processes, organizations can discover where they are on the maturity scale. Of the four levels, are they at Ad Hoc or Manual Control, the lowest levels? Or have they reached Partial Automation or Complete Automation, the highest levels?

The bottom line: improving workflow processes can be a simple way to increase your business’s efficiency and revenue. And while automation technology is just a part of the overall solution to improving your workflow process, it is a requirement to efficiently execute basic tasks if you want to remain competitive.

This is especially important in material handling organizations. Inefficient processes at this point in the supply chain can increase costs and reduce overall supply chain effectiveness. When you have full visibility into the movement, protection, storage, and control of materials and products, you can streamline the supply chain and increase your competitiveness.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to identify the maturity of your workflow process
  • How to document and improve your workflow process
  • How automated workflow process solutions can increase your efficiency, traceability, and profit

Honeywell is a globally recognized technology leader, designing innovative Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies that address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, and productivity. Lowry Solutions is a leading systems integrator with extensive experience using AIDC technologies to solve unique business challenges—including workflow process improvements. Together, Honeywell and Lowry are here to provide you with the leading insight and solutions into your biggest efficiency challenges.

Using Honeywell’s groundbreaking technology, you can see how Lowry Solutions can implement workflow process solutions tailored to your business’s unique requirements. Lowry can take you from a completely undocumented, inefficient, and wasteful workflow process to a fully automated one within the boundaries of your technical and cost feasibility. You’ll see an unprecedented increase in productivity, revenue, and ROI.

Honeywell’s Workflow Team will describe the Workflow Performance Analysis (WPA) service the company offers. Note: All registered attendees will have the opportunity to waive all fees associated with a customized WPA.


Donald Carte, Director of Honeywell Business Development Center, Honeywell

Donald Carte currently runs the Business Development Center inside Honeywell’s Safety and Productivity Solutions (SPS) business unit. Part of Don’s responsibilities include creating and driving the company’s Workflow Performance Initiative, a transformational program for the SPS unit to work more collaboratively with its customers. The Workflow Team was established to view Honeywell customers from a perspective of their workflows rather than the devices they use, and to utilize a Workflow Performance Analysis for identifying and mapping critical workflows within a warehouse or distribution center.

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Paul Rakowicz, Vice President of Software Development, Lowry Solutions

Paul Rakowicz is the Vice President of Software Development at Lowry Solutions. Since 2011, he has provided strategic direction for software used in asset, traceability, and production software for commercial and military/government applications. Paul is a Certified ITIL Foundation v.3 Professional with more than 30 years of experience in project management and software development in Software, IT, and Business & Operations Management. He has successfully implemented the Agile Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) management framework to ensure consistent project and software success in the areas of Mobility, Web-Enabled and Client/Server systems, and Legacy Mainframe systems.

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Who Should Attend?

This webinar is intended for individuals involved in material handling, and whose responsibilities include one or more of the following:

  • Logistics, supply chain, and distribution management
  • Controls, packaging, or industrial engineering
  • Productivity management
  • Quality assurance
  • Manufacturing, materials, and production management

The session will particularly benefit companies within the consumer packaged goods (CPG), food, beverage and healthcare industries.

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Lowry Solutions

Lowry Solutions is a Global Systems Integrator of complete barcode and RFID technology solutions for diverse application requirements. As the industry leader for over four decades, Lowry has been implementing real-time asset visibility solutions that improve business outcomes. The company continues to evolve alongside its customers to provide the most complete and contemporary data collection solutions available. (888)


Honeywell ( is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes, and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials.

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