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Posted on: 12 Jan, 2017

Catch of the Day - $20m Warehouse Automation

Author: Open Innovation West

Source: Power Retail online article

In what it claims is a world first, the Catch Group has implemented the Swisslog Autostore, which is used by the ASDA general merchandise chain in the UK, for medium and slow moving lines, and the Swisslog Quick Move conveyor for fast moving products.

The new system was two years in the making for the Catch Group, and the automated, robot-driven technology represents a major transformation from the manual warehouse management processes presenting growth challenges for the group.

How it works

Autostore is an aluminium grid containing 25,000 bins stacked 16 high on the floor of the massive warehouse in Truganina, in Melbourne’s west. Seventy robots operate across the top of the grid to retrieve product and deliver the bins to four goods-to-person picking stations where operators pick product into order totes. The totes then move from Autostore, via conveyor, into a zone routing area for further picking or out to despatch.

Staff have benefitted from the warehouse automation who have had to walk kilometres everyday picking and packing orders using a trolley on a floor the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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