Saturday 3rd Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Onninen chooses Vanderlande for automated warehouse

Finnish company Onninen has built a new order fulfilment centre at Hyvinkaa north of Helsinki, with a materials handling system by Vanderlande.

Onninen provides materials services to various sectors including public utilities, industry and technical product retailers.

The operation is expected to be operational by the end of the year.  Goods arriving at Onninen’s order fulfilment centre will be unpacked and placed into multi-compartment totes at four of Vanderlande’s ergonomic receive@ease work stations. The totes are then automatically transported to an automated, four-aisle quickstore HDS AS/RS system that contains 38,720 storage locations. This high density storage saves operational costs as well as floor space.

From the storage area, the product totes are forwarded on to the order picking area. There, two pick@ease work stations allow their operators to deliver a sustainable high pick performance of up to 600 order lines each per hour.

Products are picked directly into shipping totes and cartons, reducing manual handling before they are sent on to the manual packing area where value added services, such as labelling, are added where required.

The entire process in managed by Vanderlande’s Vision warehouse control system, interfaced with the SAP ERP system.

Logistics director at Onninen, Kai Sarkela said: “Thanks to the new order fulfilment system Inninen will be able to reduce order throughput time, improving the service level we can provide to our customers.”

One of the main reasons the company chose Vanderlande, was its @ease ergonomic work stations. The ergonomics of these units were researched and tested by Dutch research institute TNO at Vanderlande’s Innovation Centre in Veghel, the Netherlands.