Beer Distributor selects robotic case picking system
One of North America’s largest beer distribution centers will utilize robotic case picking system to handle 300 SKUs and 250,000 cases per day RMT Robotics, a Cimcorp Oy company, announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply a large-scale robotic case picking solution for a major North American beer distributor. The system, which has a footprint of less than 40,000 square feet, is designed to pick 300 SKUs at a rate of more than 250,000 cases per day. The project is scheduled to start in late 2011. Specific details of the contract are subject to confidentiality.
According to the distributor’s director of information technology, the decision to go with the RMT Robotics case picking solution is based on the small footprint and innovative design coupled with the company’s reputation for developing systems that streamline operations and improve service performance, which is in line with their own strategic business goals. They anticipate a significant increase in their throughput, order accuracy and overall productivity.
The automated case picking system consists of several robotic gantries, picking a mixture of loose cases and full layers. The system will allegedly provide 100 percent picking accuracy, reduce product damage and dramatically improve product traceability. An intelligent replenishment routine ensures the size of the system is minimized by storing only the inventory needed to fulfill orders.
– Edited by Gust Gianos, CFE Media, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com