Sunday 24th Sep 2017 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Häfele UK makes mini-load investment

Häfele UK, an international supplier of architectural ironmongery, has awarded a contract to Jungheinrich’s systems division for the supply of an integrated mini-load and order consolidation system.

Valued at over €2.1m, the order is the latest phase in the development of a highly automated operation at Häfele’s UK distribution centre in Rugby. The facility is thought to be one of the largest furniture fittings and architectural ironmongery stores in the UK and Jungheinrich has partnered Häfele on the project for over 10 years.

The latest part of the system comprises two mini-load cranes and a complex conveyor system as well as a material flow controller. Part-picked orders are conveyed to the consolidation area from various picking zones and storage areas around the facility. The order item lines are then collated into customer orders ready for dispatch using a reverse pick-to-light system. The completed orders are then automatically transported to the packing and dispatch area, from where they are shipped.

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