Countax Automated Storage Systems have installed two Cargo vertical lift modules (VLM) for PEI-GenesisUK Ltd at their European Headquarters and production facility in Southampton.
PEI-Genesis are a worldwide assembling distributor of military, aerospace, mass transit, industrial and commercial connectors. Assembling over 8 million connectors to order each year, all to the highest military and industrial standards. The UK facility covers some 65,000 sq ft of production and storage area, and boasts the fastest assembly time for connectors in Europe.
The two Cargo VLMs have been installed to store pick and ship items, without compromising the standard racking layout. By moving pick and ship into automated units, all manual handling issues are considerably reduced, with no bending down, no stretching up, and all products being delivered to waist level, and as a result, the installation of the two Cargo VLM units has been welcomed by the companys Health and Safety Officer.
PEI-Genesis has already identified considerable savings in term of picking times, as the items had previously been stored in traditional static racking, many of which were difficult to locate, with resulting pick speeds being incredibly slow. With the new Cargo VLM units installed, average pick times are now measured in seconds.
PEI-Genesis are also enjoying the additional space created with the installation of the two six metre Cargo-Lifts, providing 50 off 4.1m x 0.9m shelves. The pick and ship item storage had previously covered a footprint of around 100 m sq, and this has now been reduced to just 27 m sq. In addition, the Cargo biometric security has allowed PEI-Genesis to monitor every movement of every product, by person, date and time.
Jerry Griffin of PEI Genesis commented; Even though Countax Automated Storage Systems were relatively new to the market, they were able to offer the solution that fitted our needs and expectations. They were the one manufacturer that showed full flexibility and a willingness to bespoke our units to the 4m tray width which was critical to us.
The Countax Cargo vertical lift module is a computer controlled vertical lift, storage and retrieval system, ideal for storing and retrieving items with different dimensions. On command the lift transports selected items to and from the operator, improving productivity, increasing picking speeds and reducing costs. Product image display on a touch screen monitor improves picking speed and reduces errors, and trays can hold up to 750kg of stock, able move vertically up to an incredible 2.3 metres per second.