Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Refurb investment to sweat the assets

Yearsley Logistics completed a major infrastructure refurbishment at its automated cold store facilities at Grimsby & Hams Hall earlier this year.

The business now operates four ASRS automated cold stores, and a range of Autostore warehouse management and control systems from Central Systems & Automation.

Central Systems replaced all existing crane and conveyor software with the Autostore Crane and Conveyor Control Systems. Integrated with Yearsley’s I Series WMS, the Autostore WCS boosts efficiency of all material handling sub-systems in real-time. It also provides a uniform interface for the automated crane and conveyor equipment, controlling all automation across goods-in, the high bay, conveyor and marshalling operations.

The refurbishment has given Yearsley improved high bay throughput of 220 pallets per hour across a capacity of 42,000 pallets. And it has lowered Yearsley’s total cost of technology ownership by extending systems’ lifecycles.

Chris Herbert, head of Yearsley’s cold store operations, says: “Our throughput is more efficient and critically, with its exceptional product and pallet visibility and traceability, Autostore gives us accurate, fingertip control of the business day-to-day”.