Rubbermaid Products’ Commercial retrofitted AS/RS
Reduce, reuse and recycle. Those are the three R’s of the sustainability movement.
Going green may not have been one of the reasons Rubbermaid Commercial Products chose to retrofit a manually operated, high-bay warehouse with automated storage and retrieval cranes (Dematic, formerly HK Systems) last year at its 750,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and distribution center in Winchester, Va., but the three R’s are certainly in play.
The company was able to reuse and recycle the existing rack infrastructure in a 20-year-old, high-density storage area containing 56,500 pallet positions in 200,000 square feet. Meanwhile, by replacing 10 aging manually driven stracker cranes with 28 automated cranes, Rubbermaid reduced the amount of labor associated with operating that section of its operations. As a side benefit, automating the storage area has also created a much safer work environment and provided room to grow in the future.
Launched in November 2008, the project unfolded in four distinct steps over an 11-month period
choosing a solution and vendor,
designing the system and processes,
preparing for the installation, and
finalizing the installation.