InterChange Group Enhances Cold Storage Efficiency with IoT Integration
- Functional Applications - Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)
- Robots - Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV)
- Specialty Vehicles
- Warehouse & Inventory Management
- Inventory Management
- Picking, Sorting & Positioning
- System Integration
InterChange Group, a cold-storage warehousing and distribution company, was faced with the challenge of increasing the efficiency of its cold storage facility to better service a local customer. The company needed to prove its capability to handle growing volumes in the future. The specific challenge was to integrate their new fleet of semi-automated forklifts with the Camelot Excalibur Warehouse Management System (WMS). The deployment of this technology investment, especially with temperature and date-sensitive food products, within a tight timeline, posed significant challenges.
About The Customer
InterChange Group, based in Harrisonburg, VA, is a company that performs cold-storage warehousing and distribution for major U.S. food producers and other suppliers around the world. The company was looking to increase the efficiency of its cold storage facility to better service a local customer and prove its capability to handle growing volumes in the future. InterChange Group made a significant investment in semi-automated forklifts and needed to integrate this new fleet with the Camelot Excalibur Warehouse Management System.
Camelot worked closely with InterChange to understand the automation technology and operational requirements. The project was divided into two parts: integration of the semi-automated forklifts with Excalibur WMS for full-pallet picking and putaway, and implementation of the layer-pick operation using a more centralized replenishment system. The Camelot Excalibur WMS used an intermediary interface to communicate directly with the forklift’s onboard computers. As orders were received via EDI from the supplier, Excalibur determined the most efficient pick-location and forklift to pull the order. The layer-pick line was used for order quantities that were less than full-pallet. The WMS had the intelligence to recognize if the layer-pick line or a hand-pick process should be used to fill the order.
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