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Electrical wholesaler invests in Daifuku automation technology

Electrical wholesaler invests in Daifuku automation technology

Leading Italian electrical wholesale distributor Elettroveneta S.p.A. has appointed Japanese materials handling solutions providers Daifuku to deliver an automated storage and retrieval system for its extensive range of products at its main distribution centre in Tribano, Italy.

The company holds approximately 30,000 SKUs and faces an ever-increasing challenge to ensure that its loyal customers from the electrical trade can receive the parts they need for the following day’s work.

During peak time, in the late afternoon when electricians are finishing their day’s work, demand rises to 500 order lines per hour hitting the order pickers. To ensure that these products can be picked and despatched, (an order can be placed up until 7.30pm for next day delivery), Elettroveneta has engaged Daifuku to provide a storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) with goods-to-person picking to enable it to cope with the peaks created at critical times of the day.

Daifuku will supply its Shuttle-Rack M, with three “double-deep” aisles approximately 90m long and each with 19 levels of storage, giving capacity for more than 37,000 totes to be held in the AS/RS. Totes will feed out to six picking stations with orders being picked into target totes and part-picked totes being returned to the AS/RS.

A conveyor system will extend from the goods receiving area to transport totes either to the AS/RS for storage or to by-pass the AS/RS for cross-docking. 

The system will be designed to enable a 4th aisle of Shuttle Rack M and two additional picking stations to be introduced as volumes continue to grow. Installation of the AS/RS commenced in early 2019.

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