Automated materials handling systems company, Daifuku, has won three new projects in Europe. ‘We have anticipated and responded to an increased demand for the storage of materials of a standardised footprint; providing our clients with enhanced storage density and floor utilisation,’ explains Craig Rollason, sales and marketing manager UK & Ireland. ‘Over the next year a number of key projects will be completed, meaning our systems will be making substantial contributions to efficiency increases and return on investments for many leading customers.’
Already in action in Denmark is a Daifuku system for SuperGros, an independent supermarket chain. The country’s number one wholesale grocer has expanded and built an additional consignment stock warehouse in Ringsted, and Daifuku is the general contractor, planning and realising the new facility.
SuperGros’ warehouse has nine aisles with 21,000 pallet locations including 2,000 storage locations in the order picking area. Daifuku’s engineers developed a robust concept for the flow of goods within the warehouse. Incoming goods are registered by the warehouse management system (WMS) and then channelled into a pallet sorter line to a sorting transfer vehicle (STV). This vehicle is located on a platform between the ground floor and the first upper floor in order to free more space for the order picking zone. Pallets are transported at speeds of up to 160m/min, albeit with maximum care. The WMS helps customer orders to be retrieved automatically and then assembled by operators using a novel voice-recognition system.
Automotive component giant Federal Mogul’s site in Derbyshire will also see a transformation in materials handling when Daifuku’s Mini-Load system is installed during 2008. The second quarter of 2009 will see a 5,000-pallet system and new warehouse for a major European publisher. Daifuku’s Traverser pallet crane system will allow cranes to be taken from alternative aisles automatically, therefore requiring fewer cranes over a larger amount of aisles and reducing capital investment.