A warehouse in constant development
Transmec Group is a logistics company (4PL) operating in all primary markets worldwide with its over 40 offices strategically located, providing all-round services. At the logistics centre in Campogalliano (MO) with over 40,000 square metres of warehouses, Transmec has conveyed the flows of Cellular Italia (a company from Emilia specialized in the production and marketing of accessories for smartphone and tablet under the Cellularline brand, distributed worldwide to more than sixty countries) into one distribution platform which directly serves the Italian and European market.
Increasingly speeded up flows required a re-organization of the warehouse, a complete revision of the layout and the processes along the entire logistics chain. The primary objective was to ensure a greater service quality, increased productivity and reduced errors.
The implemented solutions
6000 sq. mts. of the Campogalliamo platform have been completely reconfigured. 3000 sq. mts. serve as intensive storage of goods, with traditional double-sided shelves; the remaining 3000 sq. mts. are organised as picking area equipped with single-sided shelves and live storage with pick to light equipment, and an automated handling system directed to the packaging lines. The outbound is divided into two main zones: the channel for ready-to-ship items which ensures the transport of entire packages mainly for the foreign market, and the channel for picking loose pieces. This latter is divided into further two zones: picking of high-rotation items and RF picking for low-rotation items. Incas WMS Easystor provides for the calculation of the volume impact of orders and splits them by type. When picking has been completed, the package is conveyed onto the roller machine to the packaging lines, where it is weighed, taped, strapped and labelled.
The project was started with well-defined reference objectives since its very beginning, which were achieved in the implemented solution: higher flexibility ad performances, high potential ad zero errors. The new flow configuration has revolutionized picking activities: the times once used to move goods, have now become productive hours. The handling system can now manage real flows (i.e flows that are not constant) in terms of package amount over the entire work time, thanks to long, non-contact accumulation conveyors without goods recirculation. In addition, the manager software dynamically modulates, balances and optimizes the work load in the picking bay, according to requirements. All this makes the logistics structure not only a valid support, but also provides new incentives for the customers: the great potential of the implemented solution offers new opportunities and new impetus to even more ambitious targets.
|Year of entry into operation||2014|
|Function of warehouse||Distribution of finished products|
|Pallet storage positions||35,000|
|Number of input bays||40|
|Number of output bays||40|
|pick to light positions||650|
|RF picking positions||1750|
|Work shift||One shift|