Significantly increase picking performance from 7,000 to 12,000 order lines/h
Avoid idle times during picking process and significantly increase picking efficiency
System for delivery tracking to be prepared for tracking and tracing guidelines of pharmaceutical products
Clear and structured storage process to increase quality
Space optimization throughout the warehouse
Replace manual replenishment process
Highest possible redundancy
Options for future extensions
The cartons are supplied on pallets to the goods-in work stations equipped with pallet lifting tables where they are repacked into storage bins by the goods-in staff.
Fast and medium movers are transported on the conveying system to the Schäfer Miniload Crane (SMC) with two aisles for storage. The remaining products are stored in the Schäfer Carousel System (SCS), which can accommodate 11,000 bins.
The orders are started automatically; manual picking from flow racks is accomplished using RF technology. Fast movers are picked from the fully automatic picking system A-Frame, which is equipped with a double filling point and connected to the SMC by flow racks.
Picking from the SCS with two connected Pick to Tote work stations is done according to the goods-to-person principle. A picking performance of 1,000 picks per hour is achieved at each work station.
Once order picking has been completed, bins are conveyed to the shipping preparation area. The Schäfer Compact Insertion (SCI) automatically adds delivery notes to the bins that are then buffered temporarily in one of the four SCS. Drop sequence sortation optimizes the goods-out order of the bins in the shipping area. Bins and full case cartons are supplied to the pharmacies in one delivery.
The system is perfected by the self-developed logistics software WAMAS®, that controls the flow of goods in the system. Thus, performance of material flow and throughput rate, as well as the balanced load of conveying system and different work stations can be optimized.
United Drug Wholesale is Ireland‘s leading distributor of pharmaceutical items such as medication, health and care products. The company is part of the McKesson group specializing in healthcare services worldwide. United Drug has branches in Dublin, Ballina, Limerick and Belfast to supply public pharmacies as well as hospital pharmacies in Ireland and the UK with the necessary pharmaceutical items.