Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

By the book

Bertram Books, a UK book wholesaler is using a void fill cushion from Easypack on a conveyor sorting system. It works by providing an air-filled cushion for filling top voids in Bertram’s new standard-size cartons.

Easypack’s design team adapted over-conveyor frames for the 5 Cassette systems in place to allow the packers quick and easy access to air-pillow packaging in a contained area.

Bertram’s dispatches an average of more than 1,200 orders a day. Packaging materials buyer Mark Sullivan says: “We like the Cassette as it’s easy to use, straight into the box void fill.”

Häfele, the UK’s largest supplier of furniture fittings and architectural hardware, has continued the automation of materials handling systems at its national distribution centre in Rugby, Warwickshire, with the installation of two additional automated high-bay cranes linked to heavy-duty pallet conveyors.

The project, which was managed by Jungheinrich, has enabled the company to increase the speed, efficiency and productivity in the warehouse, while reducing costs and the amount of manual handling. Increased automation is seen by Häfele as the key to achieving a faster response to orders while maintaining stock levels within existing buildings.

The cranes are used to pick whole pallets or individual items from the bulk storage area in the warehouse and to replenish with full pallets of stock as it is used.

They are linked to the goods-in and despatch areas by high-capacity Gebhardt conveyors supplied by European Conveyor Systems.