Melbourne needs a way to move beyond 30 percent of its year. Order printout and manual push carts to move from one side of the warehouse to the other, which is no longer working. Wanting to acknowledge its success without sacrificing the same day delivery customers promised, Parts Town turned to equip2go.com.au. It was time to imagine new approaches and make better use of their space.
Parts Town is the world’s largest and fastest growing food service parts provider. Due to the nature of the restaurant industry, days, weeks or months of down-time to rebuild was simply not an acceptable option. Through an organic four-year relationship, Equip System was able to develop a project timeline that adjusted to Parts Town’s current operations to maintain continuity.
Finally, as an advantage of the two-phase approach, Bastian Solutions' advice and engineering team was able to work together to analyse and design a system that would meet Parts Town's growth rate and solve today's problem, as well as plan.
Considering the conveyor system to initially reduce the running distance of the warehouse and determine some efficiency, the consultants and engineers paid more attention to the development projections of Parts Town and finally concluded that automation was the way to go.
If Parts Town waits to be automated, they will need about 77 pairs in just five years. By investing in automation, Parts Town was able to halve that number. The auto toe store's genes storage means that no matter how big the part is, Parts Town will take 4-5 times longer than its current foot methods. A fair price ROI was an easy decision.
Combined with this, the system gave it the ability to expand and expand the company’s operations. Ost Toaster has an impression of only seven percent of their convenience. With that location the parts town can complete as much as 65 percent of their electoral activity, which means a lot for the longevity of their facility.
Knowing that Melbourne’s growth is expected to continue at a rapid pace, Equip System worked with them to develop in-depth analysis and modelling of their data, providing recommendations and new system layouts. The planning was twofold that they wanted to streamline existing processes and design for future expansion.
Main conveyor system installation
Due to the detailed plan, additional structures were already assigned and have been kept clear for Phase 2. The implementation was quick and easy, and what were eventually reduced could be costly trade barriers.
Got control and flexibility
Obeying orders and delivering on customer promises was a key part of the project with Parts Town, but to truly support their success, Equip System knew they needed to maintain flexibility. The Ost Toaster goods-to-person system, while a great solution and structure, was just the beginning.
Equip System was able to improve the display accuracy on the sections toe section by displaying images of the item on the screen, the advantage of the Illumine to highlight non-sections, and pick-to-light for efficient operator choices. Visual cues made the task faster and more accurate. The modularity within the Auto Toe Store meant that the company could continue the scale by adding bins for increased storage, robots for increased speed, and workstations for increased volume.
The robots will add a new element to maintenance and assistance, but with the toaster built in redundancy, the robot can be serviced without putting it into operation, which was important to stay competitive.
The company knew that even when they were streamlining Parts Town processes, they needed to make sure they had negligible complexity. Implemented planning, showing more technology, reduced the time of operator training to hours instead of weeks. And, it has improved the ergonomics and safety of Part Town employees by reducing walking and walking kings, defining workstations, minimal bending and removing stairs.
The four-year organic partnership between equip2go was unique and really is the difference in what they can do together. From day one, Equip System was adopted not only as a provider of automated devices, but as an overall problem solver for product growth.
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