Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Quicker picks for MG cars


MG sports cars are back in production at Longbridge and the company is planning to launch two new derivatives this year.

This will place increase demands on the picking system for small components at the logistics centre and MG has chosen Linpac Storage Systems to design and install a new range of dynamic carton live shelving to increase the pick rate.

By modifying existing racking at the facility, Linpac has maximised space utilisation and ensured a higher concentration of small parts ready for line-side picking. The dynamic shelving transports the boxes of MG components on pitched roller tracks, automatically replenishing the pick face with a full carton as soon as the empty one has been removed.

Appropriately designed pick faces for manual picking can increase accuracy as well as productivity, presenting the product to the picker in an easily accessible manner to ergonomically optimise the pick process. Linpac sourced the dynamic product from key supplier Interroll. The new Interroll range of carton live shelving used at the MG Logistics Centre features unique wheel tracks to ensure ease of carton flow and new boltless carton live beds that can reduce installation time by up to 30 per cent.

Gary Egan, business services senior manager for MG Motor UK, said: “This year we are launching two new derivatives of our sports car which has meant that we have more small components in stock. These parts are now stored in the carton live shelving, ensuring that picking is done in the most efficient and safest way.”