The new 42,000m² National Distribution Centre (NDC) of Pacific Brands in Melbourne has received two awards at the recent 2012 Mercury Awards. Dematic
implemented several leading edge order fulfilment technologies at the new DC.
Pacific Brands was awarded the Warehousing and Materials Handling and the Best of the Best awards for its NDC in Truganina by Logistics and Materials Handling Magazine in Sydney. The greenfield development of the NDC supports the major underwear and apparel brands within the Pacific Brands stable.
Seeking an innovative and creative solution that would really advance their business, Pacific Brands appointed Dematic to assist with the design of the DC’s internal infrastructure and implementation of various technologies including an integrated conveyor system, voice picking technology, storage system and order picking software.
The backbone of the DC is its integrated conveyor system, which transports cartons/totes throughout the facility including the 5,400m² raised storage area. The conveyor system includes 32 discrete carton live storage zones and four large trolley zones with a smart zone-skipping system. Completed cartons/totes are transported by conveyor to the DC’s 10 lanes.
The raised storage area creates several thousand pick face locations with a conveyor linking the ground floor and mezzanine picking areas, automatically transporting orders through the various picking zones.
To enable Pacific Brands to pick and pack an increasing number of orders for single line items, voice picking was selected as the key order picking technology to cost-effectively process such orders.
Dematic’s storage system design optimises space efficiency and safety at the DC. The potential for rack damage is minimised by equipping all ground floor pallet locations serviced by forklifts with Colby Protect-a-RACK upright and end-of-aisle rack protection. Carton live storage is used to house the DC’s fastest moving SKUs within ground floor and mezzanine level pick modules serviced by the integrated conveyor system, with the remainder of the DC’s SKUs stored in space efficient long-span shelving.
Order picking is managed by Dematic’s PickDirector Order Fulfilment Software, which interfaces with Pacific Brands’ in-house warehouse ERP management system and provides Pacific Brands with a real-time paperless picking solution.
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