dematic corporation

处于Corporation’s Fort Worth operation is the largest manufacturing plant of postal sorting equipment in the world. Their products affect everyone. The US Postal Service alone delivers more than 500 million pieces of mail each day; Any time a letter arrives at the correct address, it’s because, somewhere along the line, a machine sorted it. (Probably a Dematic Corporation machine.)

Although the Fort Worth facility was already among the world’s most productive operations,it lacked efficiency in several key areas:costing Dematic Corporation time, money and accuracy. It also put some of the workers’ health at risk.

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Here’s the core of the problem: The Dematic Corporation’s warehouse operation was overly labor-intensive.Too much of it was manual. Workers received and stocked parts by hand. Kitting for production was performed manually with an old paper pick system. When items arrived, employees loaded them into heavy totes, weighing as much as 80 pounds, which they pushed across the concrete floor. Pushing these heavy loads was bad for the workers’ health and bad for the totes, too, quickly wearing them down.

Together, these outdated elements were disastrous for productivity. With such an inefficient material handling system,production was often starved for parts as they waited for kits to be delivered.(And facility managers hate nothing more than waiting.)

To maximize productivity in Fort Worth, Dematic Corporation had to revolutionize their methods of receiving and shipping inventory.They partnered with Richards-Wilcox Conveyor to find an answer.

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我们的团队设计了一个完全定制的解决方案,该解决方案大修了他们当前的操作。我们与其他供应商合作,分析沃思堡设施并设计新系统,其中包括水平旋转木马,拨舱,架子和滚筒输送机。

Today, a 1,100-foot-long Richards-Wilcox Zig-Zag® Monorail overhead conveyor is the backbone of the Fort Worth operation,connecting various systems and integrating all other equipment.

The overhead conveyor is now the primary delivery device for all totes,eliminating the need for workers to drag heavy items across the floor.The system seamlessly integrates with the roller conveyor, staging and depositing totes at the horizontal carousel and delivering finished kits to unload stations in diverted lanes.Exploiting unused overhead space,the Zig-Zag® monorail makes several elevation changes to clear equipment and machinery, while running at a constant 45 FPM.

The new system is largely automated.Without stopping operation for the overhead conveyor, totes are loaded automatically onto the first available empty carrier at four load points. Then, they are automatically unloaded at the proper destination based on an ID entered by Dematic Corporation.

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close up of dematic conveyor

卸载站自动从移动的顶部输送机载体上卸下手提袋。一旦手提袋远离了旋转木马区域的载体,转移将把手提袋移至通往工作站的累积滚轮输送机。对于套件的转移,一小段动力辊将活动手提袋移至输送机的重力运行部分。那里的手提袋是积累的。接送站有一个转移,将手提袋放在头顶输送机上的空载体前面。当载体即时将其捡起时,停车将手提袋固定在适当的位置。

The completed tote is pushed onto the takeaway conveyor and transported to the overhead conveyor pick-up station. When the first empty carrier arrives, the station transfers the tote for pick-up. The tote is then automatically transferred to the overhead conveyor system and delivered to the kitting areas, where they are moved for transport to the manufacturing facility.

Leveraging automated technologies and making the most of previously unused space, the new Fort Worth system is radically more efficient, and Dematic Corporation is seeing the results.

Today, the facility is saving an estimated 12,480 labor hours annually and seeing an 80% increase in productivity.