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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Robots picking in the retail warehouse

Credit: Mercadona
The largest supermarket chain and food distributor in Spain, Mercadona, with more than 1,400 supermarkets and a 13.5 percent share of Spain’s total food retail space, has commissioned Finnish robotics specialist Cimcorp Oy (known as Cimcorp) to design and implement a fully automated, robotic order picking system for fresh produce.
Mercadona is investing in new warehouse technology at its Guadix distribution centre. To achieve improved efficiency and customer satisfaction, Mercadona has awarded Cimcorp the contract to supply the automation system for full-crate picking. The scope of supply includes order-picking robots for fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as for meat products. The total material flow will be controlled by Cimcorp’s warehouse management software, WCS. Cimcorp will also take care of the installation and start up. The system, which will start opera-tion once the construction of the new logistics building is finished at the end of 2013, is based on Cimcorp’s order processing island concept. The island is self-sufficient, taking care of goods reception; put-away; location of stored items; retrieval planning; picking of crates; sorting and preparation of crates into discrete orders; and loading of the orders onto transport units ready for delivery.
Check out the CIMCORP Automation Island 3D animation of a gauntry system below.

Cimcorp Oy, founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Ulvila, Finland, manufactures and supplies gantry robot systems for intralogistics in Europe, Asia, and North America. The company offers MultiPick systems, which is used for order picking and distribution of plastic crates and trays in food and beverage, and mail processing and distribution industries. The company was formerly known as Swisslog Oy (Cimcorp Oy is a former subsidiary of Swisslog Holding AG) changed its name to Cimcorp Oy in 2004.

1 comment:

Rhen Nicey said...

A moneyback guarantee should be included on the picking robots which you go with. Terms of anywhere of at least four weeks are acceptable, and this enables you to receive a handful of picks from it risk-free to get a better feel for it. I've always found that if a publisher does not guarantee your satisfaction with the full price of the program, it's not worth your time.