Thursday, October 02, 2014
After replacing an outdated PC-based control system, the company improved visibility into machine diagnostics, production statistics and product tracking information for its high-speed tilt-tray sorters.
The company sought to unify the inventory management and distribution of nearly 70,000 SKUs from five smaller locations into a new 1.8-million-square-foot DC.
Customized automation replaces carts for lengthy movement of sensitive components.
After installing voltage-regulated power (VRP) supplies, the company has protected itself against power fluctuations and downtime.
New system allows a worker to stack as many as 25 heavy cases per minute.
AGVs handle product that associates previously pushed in carts along a 1,200-foot path.
Double pallet handlers and end-riders with four carts at a time offer workers ergonomic features.
Distributor boosts cases per hour and cuts operating costs by 25% in existing facility.
Personal transport vehicle saves each worker an hour per day of walking time.
Flexible service plan tailored to application calling for intermittent use.