Finnish brewery warehouse gets automation overhaul

Finnish beverage company, Olvi Oyj, has commissioned Cimcorp to design and implement an extensive automation system to boost the efficiency of its dispatch operations.

Olvi, which manufactures beers, ciders, long drinks and soft drinks including Angry Birds, Hello Kitty and HeviSaurus brands, is investing in new warehouse technology to increase its storage capacity and order picking efficiency. Olvi has awarded Cimcorp the contract to supply the high bay warehouse, conveyor systems and order picking systems. Cimcorp’s MultiPick robots will automatically pick all drinks shipped on trays, while the manual picking operations will be voice controlled.

The whole dispatch area - warehousing, material flow and order picking - will be managed by Cimcorp’s WCS (Warehouse Control Software), which will supervise goods from the production lines to the loading bays. The site’s existing order picking robots, installed by Cimcorp some years ago, will be integrated into the system and controlled by the same software.

The automated system, which will start operation during 2014, is based on Cimcorp’s MultiPick order processing concept, 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.

“Our target is to increase warehouse capacity and boost picking efficiency, because we are diversifying our product range in line with our mission to be a versatile beverage company. We are so delighted with the robotic order picking system previously supplied by Cimcorp that we want to continue our co-operation with them,” commented Marjatta Rissanen, customer service and administrative director of Olvi Oyj.

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