RMT Robotics®, a Cimcorp Oy company, has been awarded a contract to supply a large-scale robotic case picking solution for a major North American beer distributor. The system, which has a footprint of less than 40,000 sq ft, is designed to pick 300 SKUs at a rate of more than 250,000 cases per day. The project is scheduled to start in late 2011. Specific details of the contract are subject to confidentiality.
According to the distributor's director of information technology, the decision to go with the RMT Robotics case picking solution is based on the small footprint and innovative design coupled with the company's reputation for developing systems that streamline operations and improve service performance, which is in line with their own strategic business goals. The beer distributor anticipate a significant increase in their throughput, order accuracy and overall productivity.
The automated case picking system consists of several robotic gantries, picking a mixture of loose cases and full layers. The system will provide 100 percent picking accuracy, reduce product damage and dramatically improve product traceability. An intelligent replenishment routine ensures the size of the system is minimized by storing only the inventory needed to fulfill orders.