Companies operating with manual handling systems for a large quantity of small items can now overhaul their system with time and cost efficiency thanks to a newly developed materials handling solution from Industrial Conveying (Aust) .
This solution allows companies to modernise processes without going through a costly and logistically challenging relocation. This solutio is particularly good for product importers handling huge quantities of stock manually because their materials handling systems are outdated.
Managing Director of Industrial Conveying (Aust), Mr Don Erskine, says ICA designers and engineers handle tricky tasks in what are often regarded as a fairly unique circumstances.
“Many materials handling solutions involve plants with processing systems for one, two or a few different items en masse,” says Erskine.
“But some businesses not only handle a huge number of items, they can also identify thousands of stock keeping units (SKUs) which give us a greater logistics challenge," he adds.
“In some cases where we were called in for consultation, every single item was being handled six times before it was ready for dispatch under the existing set-up. Clearly, productivity improvement was a critically important issue along with the urgent need for a complete modernisation of the materials handling system," says Erskine.
One of the more common challenges Industrial Conveying are presented with is clients wanting to remain at their existing location, so the project itself has to be completed as quickly as possible with minimum interruption to business.
When dealing with limited floor space, Industrial Conveying (Aust) is able to configure the new set-up to provide even more space than was previously used by mounting the complete materials handling system in the ceiling space and obviating the need to build a new factory.
This greatly reduces the level of equipment occupying floor space, making a plant far more spacious and dramatically reducing the amount of obstacles on the floor to ensure it is a much safer environment for employees.
Industrial Conveying engineers work very closely with the client's management to design, commission and complete the new materials handling system installation using a combination of conveyor systems, carousel sorting technology, labelling and RFID technology. Ideally, the client gains a new system that remains in the same location without any disruption whatsoever.
“This is evidence that companies do not have to spend a fortune in time and money looking for, or building, new premises just because they want to update their sorting systems or expand their production lines," says Erskine.