Bausch & Lomb automates European logistics centre

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Eye care group Bausch & Lomb commissioned an automated material handling by Knapp system at its European logistics centre at Schiphol in the Netherlands, as part of a multi-million euro investment in its supply chain.

The site was operating at close to full capacity before the new system went live. The system will enable it to handle growing volumes and new products and is capable of handling Bausch & Lomb’s predicted growth for the next five years.

The Knapp handling system features an automated storage and retrieval system with 16,000 double deep locations in two aisles that are nine metres high and 100 metres long.

There are also nine of Knapp’s order storage & retrieval goods-to-picker systems, each 35 metres long and featuring a total of 27,000 storage locations, that are equipped with pick-by-light & place-by-light technology.

Knapp also supplied just under three kilometres of intelligent, energy-saving conveyors, as well as a bank of automated carton erectors and closers, automatic document insertion machines and shipping label applicators.

Craig Rollason, head of sales and marketing for Knapp UK,  said: “As with many companies in the pharmaceutical and health industries, Bausch & Lomb’s products are ideal candidates for automation. This solution will help to ensure that the European logistics centre can easily rise to the challenge of additional throughput and new product lines over the coming years.”

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