Food distributor accelerating a dated sorting & picking operation with automation

  • July 26, 2022

# MURATEC MEANS MORE

PROCESS AUTOMATION

SORTING & PICKING OPERATION WITH INTEGRATED AUTOMATION

A world-known, global food wholesaler and distributor, needed a massive overhaul to its aging logistics equipment. The combination of out-of-date solutions and sorting inaccuracies brought production and throughput to an all-time low. Working with Murata Machinery, the company automated its case retrieval and eliminated most manual processes and secondary inspections—to increase case sorting and picking throughput by 60%.

SITUATION: This global leader operated as a food wholesaler and distributor, providing third-party logistics (3PL) for manufacturers and retailers in over 520 sites nationwide. Their 3PL services included storage, distribution, and logistics center operations for fresh, dried, chilled, and frozen foods. At a key transfer
center, down times and multi-level sorting errors brought throughput to an all-time low—due to failing, end-of-life equipment, manual sorting processes, inventory mismanagement, product damage, and misaligned employee workload

SOLUTION: With a priority on replacing the aging system, Murata quickly designed and installed an AS/RS system of two Uni-Shuttle setups with 21 shuttles each,
integrated with a G2P, pick-to-light system. The updated process now:

• Handles multiple tote and case sizes: 17.7” high X
23.62” wide, 13.58” to 32.62” long


• Conveys and automatically stores inventory totes and
cases in a high-density storage buffer


• Retrieves and sends inventory totes directly to
employees at picking stations


• Uses lights to signal which items to pick from inventory
totes and place into order containers


• Automatically routes completed order containers to
the packing area


• Returns inventory

food distributor accelerating a dated sorting & picking operation with automation murata machinery usa, inc.
food distributor accelerating a dated sorting & picking operation with automation murata machinery usa, inc.
food distributor accelerating a dated sorting & picking operation with automation murata machinery usa, inc.
DMOZ Directory Web Directory