Kardex Remstar integrated Hydravalve’s storage system in order to increase capacity and optimise retrievals.
Hydravalve were in urgent need of new software as their inventory grew to more than two million items, thus the company sought an efficient solution with high picking speed and precision. The system also had to be compatible with the SAGE software used at Hydravalve.
Capacity was increased by 45% thanks to the five Kardex Remstar Shuttle XP high-density storage that were installed. This also cut the size of the footprint required by 80 percent. This was made possible by precisely integrating the system into the building’s dimensions.
While orders were previously worked through manually, the effective interaction between the automated Kardex Remstar XP 500 storage units and the SAGE ERP software has now created an intertwined retrieval process cutting down retrieval times.
The SAGE software assigns ID numbers to items, which the Kardex Remstar XP 500 then uses to automatically identify them and immediately begin the retrieval process. This method has halved batch picking times, while increasing picking accuracy to over 99 percent.
Eddie Newham, managing director of Hydravalve, talks about the solution: “We are continually seeking to improve efficiencies and with the addition of new products for our next catalogue we will be offering our customers a wider range of products of the highest quality at the lowest price possible.”
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