IWS implemented for multi-national Personal Hygiene product manufacturer
The client consolidated a number of regional distribution centres into two large regional distribution centres. They required the ability to transfer stock between the northern and southern distribution centres as well as satisfy time critical customer specific orders using a combination of bulk and picked pallets. A key success factor was the seen to be the optimal management of split pallets for order fulfillment which was seen as an area of weakness at the southern RDC. With heavy reliance on only 3 pre-assembly lanes, system guided message boards ensure the fork lift truck drivers are aware of the correct door to use when emptying the lane. IWS optimises the use of the lanes by releasing pallets for the next load as soon as space becomes available on the lane.
The IWS system at the RDC, controls the storage and distribution of mainly paper based personal hygiene products including many highly regarded brands in addition to supermarket own-label.
Light weight products such as toilet tissue are typically managed as double stacked pallets called lifts but heavier products such as wet wipes will normally be handled as single pallets.
The system comprises 5 Aberle Muli cranes servicing high density racking ranging from 2 to 15 positions deep and up to 7 positions high. There are 3 pre-assembly lanes and 3 manual outfeed points.