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pharmaceutical wholesaler. Lexon’s new warehouse in Redditch, Worcestershire, will feature a conveyor-based zone- picking system as well as an integrated A-frame automatic picking system. Supplier of containers for the cold sup- ply chain, Olivo UK Ltd (stand 20B105), has supplied a fl eet of its BAC 55 portable insulated containers – as well as some

AGVs to use specifi c trolley pick-up and drop- off locations using handheld PDAs. Baxter uses its AGV solution to move fi nished goods from the packaging area to shipping, while Perrigo’s 27 AGVs are used for material movement to support production and work in the warehouse. All JBT AGVs are cGMP (current good manufacturing practice) compli- ant and are able to interface with SAP, and

“With thousands of products and services all under one roof, it makes sense for all logistics executives to put the dates in their diaries”

larger Roll 900 containers – to United Drug, Ireland’s premier pharmaceutical distribu- tor and wholesaler. Olivo’s insulated BAC containers are ideal for both food and non-food products that require temperature control in order to maintain product integrity. The automatic guided vehicle (AGV) manu- facturer and supplier, JBT Corporation (stand 19J116), has installed three AGV systems for clients in the pharmaceutical industry recently. The systems – for Novartis UK, Baxter and Perrigo – have all provided savings in terms of labour and equipment, improvements in plant safety, reductions in product damage and increases in productivity. Novartis uses its six AGVs to transport egg tray trolleys used in the culture of vaccines throughout its facility. Operators are able to command the

One of 12 OSR Shuttle automated storage and retrieval systems supplied by KNAPP to Boots’ new Service Centre.

the company is the only AGV supplier that designs and manufactures vehicles in the UK.

GOLD STANDARD Austrian-owned KNAPP (stand 20D30) a leading global supplier of automated warehouse solutions to the pharmaceutical sector. In the UK, clients include The Co- operative Pharmacy, AAH Pharmaceuticals, Alliance Boots, Cahill May Roberts, Phoenix Healthcare and United Drug. KNAPP is celebrating its recent success at the 2012 Grocer Gold Awards for the handling solution it delivered earlier this year to the pharmacy-led retail giant, Boots, at its brand-new £50 million distribution facil- ity in Burton-upon-Trent. Further details on page 16 of this month’s SHD Magazine. On stand 20G130, AEB (International)

Ltd will be promoting ASSIST4, a compre- hensive control suite for global supply chains. AEB has supplied ASSIST4 modules to two companies in the pharmaceutical sector to improve their operations and regula- tory compliance. For the German medical technology manufacturer, Erbe Elektromedizin GmbH, AEB supplied ASSIST4 with inter- faces to the client’s ERP system for warehouse management, customs management and compliance & risk management. The result is one single solution supporting all ware- house and transport processes, integrated import/export and compliance manage- ment, and faster deliveries for customers. For Becton, Dickinson and Company – a global medical technology company – AEB’s ASSIST4 Freight Audit solution has provided automatic freight cost calculation, real- location and validation, seamless freight e-invoicing, full transparency for freight costs, and increased effi ciency along the

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whole freight management process. Conveyor Units Ltd, one of the UK’s largest roller and conveyor manufacturers, has recently invested in a new, 180 sq m showroom at its premises near Stourport-on- Severn in Worcestershire. The facility is used to demonstrate the company’s full range of conveyors in operation. Part of Conveyor Units’ product offering – the pallet conveyor and aluminium ranges – will also be on display on the fi rm’s stand (20F80) at IMHX. Aluminium’s natural coating of aluminium oxide provides a highly effective barrier to the ravages of air, temperature, moisture and chemical attack, making the range particu- larly suitable for the pharmaceutical sector, as well as the food and drink industry.


The organisers have planned a number of features that will add further appeal to the highly successful IMHX format. The Design 4 Safety competition will return, giving all 400 anticipated exhibitors the opportunity for valuable additional publicity for innova- tive products and services. The exclusive VIP valet parking scheme will also operate once again, allowing top executives to drive straight up to the show’s entrance, have their vehicle parked securely by a professional driver and enjoy access to the Premier Club Lounge with complimen- tary refreshments and internet facilities. The AMHSA Zone, hosted by the Automated Material Handling Systems Association, will return to IMHX and will be even larger than at the 2010 show. Visitors to IMHX 2013 will also be able to benefi t from an enhanced free-to-attend seminar programme, which will cover a range of hot industry topics. In addition, for the very fi rst time, the show will feature a Skills & Apprenticeships Zone. With the logistics industry facing a skills shortage, BITA has recently launched the BITA Academy – a dedicated apprenticeship train- ing facility operated in conjunction with City of Bristol College – in order to help fi nd and train the next generation of engineers. By creating a Skills & Apprenticeships Zone and plac- ing particular emphasis on this area on the Friday of the show, the organisers aim to use the industry’s leading event to bring together enthusiastic and talented young people and the companies needing to recruit them. 

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