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Keep Tools Close to Improve Cannabis Traceability

One of the primary goals the Delta9 Systems team has is to save our customers money. We always find the best products and deliver them at the best prices, but saving a few bucks on a one-time purchase of gear only saves our customers money that one time. We also connect our customers to cost saving on consumable items, or things that get used up in the garden and processing rooms like labels, ink and ribbon, panda plastic and more. 

These items are commodities, however, and there is a bottom to the savings that can be offered. Once we get to the best price possible and those numbers are built into the forecasts, there’s not really any more savings to be had. This is successful operators must begin to look at the processes and practices of their everyday work. For the D9S team, helping a producer or processor find a way to save money in the way they work is the ultimate goal. Helping our customers look for perpetual, and exponential savings is really what the Cannabis 2.0 philosophy is about. 

The phrase “cut the fat” as it pertains came from a philosophy called Lean Management. While lean management practices originated in the manufacturing industry, they can be applied to nearly every sector of any industry, including cannabis cultivation. If you’re not already familiar, the lean philosophy is based around the elimination of waste through continual improvement. Waste can come in the form of time, material and labor. One type of waste that’s easy to overlook — especially in the cannabis industry — is motion waste

Motion waste is a silent killer of productivity. It refers to any unnecessary step it takes to complete a task, like walking back and forth to use a piece of equipment or reaching across a workbench to grab a tool. Not only is motion waste inefficient, but over time, it can take a toll on employees. No one wants to spend their day doing useless tasks, especially ones that require repetitive postures or movements and lead to fatigue or even workplace injuries in the long-term. 

For cannabis cultivators, inefficient traceability systems can be a major source of motion waste. Think about your facility’s layout. Is your traceability system set up in the front office, far away from your growing operation? Do your employees have to walk to and from different rooms for critical traceability tasks like printing labels and entering garden data? It doesn’t have to be this way. Keep your team close to the tools they need with a Powered Mobile Traceability Platform. 

Power Your Cannabis Traceability Systems

Powered Mobile Workstation Carts are standard equipment in manufacturing, warehouses, retail and healthcare environments, and now they’re being used to improve speed, capacity and efficiency in cannabis facilities.

This game-changing piece of equipment converts a stationary workplace into a battery-powered mobile one, enabling you to bring all the necessary tools and components with you — including a computer, tag/label printer, barcode scanner and scale. When you put your workflow on wheels, you can monitor garden sensors, weigh and record waste data, print new or duplicate traceability labels and maintain digital grow data and logs all with one convenient platform. 

In the new COVID-19 reality, Mobile Workstations are providing additional value by ensuring staff can spread out their stations and maintain safer distances from one another. Equipment that’s normally shared by multiple people in one shift can be transformed into a personal workstation so your team members can complete mission-critical traceability tasks without interruption.

What’s the ROI of a Mobile Cannabis Workstation?

The potential savings of using a Powered Mobile Traceability Cart might surprise you. Just a few seconds of unnecessary walking to and from a static computer, printer or scale per hour can add up to hundreds of wasted labor hours over a year. Not to mention, all this motion can lead to interruptions and mistakes. We’ve all been there — it’s easy to get side-tracked while chatting with a co-worker or forget why we entered a room in the first place! 

Eliminating extra walking in your process can save thousands of dollars annually while preventing key traceability operations from falling through the cracks. Sloppy or poor traceability practices put your license at risk, which puts your business at risk. You can’t afford not to invest in the best tools and tech to improve these critical tasks.  

Use this calculator to get a good idea of how much this mobile workstation could save your cannabis operation. It’s possible to see ROI in a matter of months just by reclaiming a few minutes of your employees’ time. 

Wondering how Mobile Traceability Carts can fit into your workflow? Stay tuned for next week when we’ll be talking about how to outfit these traceability platforms with the right tech for every area in the cannabis cultivation environment, from Propagation to Veg to Flower. 

Questions? We’ve got you. Give us a call at 877-303-8957 or use our online contact form.

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Chris Guthrie
Chris is the General Manager of Delta9 Systems, a division of General Data Co. He is an expert in the cannabis industry, having participated in the birth of the cannabis industry in Washington, and has operated one of the first and oldest medical dispensaries in Seattle. For a decade, Chris has participated in the design and managed the construction of dozens of indoor gardens, and has been involved in cultivation, processing, retail operations, as well as industry activism.
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