First step into automation: Universal Voldega3 Logistics Corporation introduced a semi-automated warehouse facility in Cebu – Philippines
Metro CEBU is the home to 80% of Philippines shipping companies, it is also the second largest metropolitan area in the country (surrounded by 167 islands and islets). Due to its narrow coastlines and deep mountain terrain, shippers and logistics service providers on this tropical island often had to deal with high land prices in commercial districts and port areas. To innovate and design warehouses that would defy the fundamental of land expansion – horizontally, Universal Voldega3 Logistics Corporation (Voldega3) took their first step into warehouse automation with SSI SCHAEFER.
With clientele across the food and consumer goods spectrum, Voldega3 invested in SSI SCHAEFER Mobile Pallet Rack, a semi-automated storage system that could handle ambient to controlled temperature goods storage. The infrastructure is flexible, and the hardware is easy to maintain, for such a setup to be implemented in the province, it almost promises a 0% downtime, and with such a stable warehouse operation, Voldega3 customers are more confident in their logistics and warehousing services.
Optimise up to 85% of storage capacity
Maintain high efficiency and throughput
Direct access to pallets slots
Safe and accident-free operations
Space utilisation and cost-effectiveness – all from one system
In 2020, when the world went into isolation, Voldega3 set up their newest facility. Using the Mobile Pallet Racks to store six levels of pallets, the 3,000 m² facility houses a total of 8,093 pallet locations. Through electrically driven carriages on floor tracks, the solution eliminates the need for multiple aisle spaces. Additionally, by tapping into the vertical volumetric space, it reduces the warehouse footprint by 45%. Due to the excellent space utilisation of the system, Voldega3 saved 1,400 m² of floor space which will be used for other logistics activities such as receiving, dispatch and staging.
Reliable and responsive support through crisis
Since Voldega3’s facility was built during the nation’s lockdown, strict quarantine rules and Covid19 safety protocols are necessary and implemented throughout the development period and till today. The materials supplied and spare parts required were critical to the project’s timeline, thanks to SSI SCHAEFER’s factory located in Simpang Renggam – Malaysia and the excellent logistics and coordination between Philippines and Malaysia offices, the construction of the facility was liberated from the temporary supply chain meltdown faced by the world.
Designing a semi-automated warehouse for tomorrow’s growth
Implementing warehouse automation assures operational efficiencies, the inherent benefit of introducing technology also supports the organization in preparation for a younger workforce and ageing employees since labour-intensive tasks are eliminated. Aligned with Voldega3’s mission to provide the industry with world-class technology-driven warehousing services, their first step into automation would set the foundation to a modernized warehouse whenever they are ready.