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FEATURE Warehousing & Logistics Logistics technology system is the new black


As a general contractor for intralogistics, SSI Schaefer has developed a new logistics facility for fashion retailer, Work in Progress Textilhandels GmbH (Carhartt WIP), including a Cuby shuttle system, a compact bin and carton conveying system, as well as picking locations with sequencing tower





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CONTACT: SSI Schaefer


Tel: 01264 386600 Web: www.ssi-schaefer.com


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customer demand. The company turned to L.A.C. Conveyors, a manufacturer of conveyor and automation systems, which in turn called upon the services and solutions of Interroll. Primarily, the sorter was installed to deal


.A.C. Conveyors and Automation has worked closely with long-standing partner, Interroll, to install a full turnkey sortation system at a UK sorting facility of courier company, Skynet Worldwide Express. Established in 1972, Skynet Worldwide Express is an independently-owned express courier network with over 1,000 locations in 209 countries and territories. The company, which delivers everything from postcards to grand pianos, has its UK headquarters at Hounslow, adjacent to London’s Heathrow Airport. However, with a strong focus on providing the right solution through personal service, flexibility and attention to detail, the team at Hounslow found that its parcel capacity was under pressure. The warehouse facility was originally built for


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with outbound parcels for customers in Europe and Asia, and therefore the accuracy of sort was the key differentiator. Effective space utilisation was another demand set out by Skynet. L.A.C. reviewed three sorter types and


recommended the proven capabilities of the Interroll vertical crossbelt sorter, the main feature of which is its distinctive space saving design, thanks to a compact modular approach. “For example, a width of just 1.7m is sufficient to install a vertical sorter with 400 x 400mm crossbelt carriers. This configuration can also save valuable space if full containers are transported into the sorter, which is a unique offer in the marketplace,” says Steve Nuttall, sales manager at L.A.C. Conveyors. Due to the limited amount of space available


in the new section of the warehouse, the system had to be condensed as much as possible, but still achieve the 4,000 parcels per hour requirement. As a result, the sorter’s chutes have all been configured to discharge on one side only


as this offers the optimum space utilisation. Prior to the sorter, a belt conveyor with index marks has been installed by L.A.C. to ensure initial parcel gapping. Parcels are then scanned, and the weight and volume of each item is collected. “The Interroll team kept L.A.C. and Skynet


informed and involved at all stages of the enquiry, offering and explaining different options to ensure the right solution was provided,” says Ian Gray, sales applications manager at Interroll. “Installed in November 2018 in time for the peak Christmas season, the new sorter has ultimately increased throughput capacity with room for future business growth.”


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