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Vertically Challenged

Vertically Challenged

In order to optimise its packing and storage operations, Ashby Trade Sign Supplies has purchased three, nine-metreKardex automated storage units, which have enabled 5500 square feet of shelving to be condensed into just 200 square feet of floor space. 

Commenting on this new innovation, Gareth Jones, Ashby’s Production Manager, said:  “Since we have such a high order volume, it is essential that we can pack the correct component in the shortest time possible and the new Kardex system,each of which comprises 70 shelves that are accessible over two levels,not only facilitates this, but also easily enables us to see when, and how quickly, we need to replenish stocks.”

He added that prior to the system’s purchase, Ashby’s staff spent a large amount of their time walking between the different products before packing, saying: “The ‘stock to person’ system has not only cut down on this time but has also increased productivity and decreased operator stress, as the right stock now comes to them in seconds and can be out of the door within minutes of the operator inputting the product shelf number into the Kardex’s control panel.”

Following the installation of the system, Ashby Trade Sign Supplies has been able to expand its available factory space by over 10 percent, thus making room for further new machinery, while also devoting more man hours to other crucial areas, such as fabrication. In addition, component packing errors are at an all-time low.

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