Hänel automated storage system installed at Mayflex | Automation.com

Hänel automated storage system installed at Mayflex

March 23, 2007 - Electronics distributor Mayflex has recently invested in automated storage systems for their warehouse in Birmingham. Mayflex are a leading distributor of networking solutions throughout the UK & Ireland; they offer customers a first class order to delivery response time.

Small to medium sized goods used to be stored on conventional shelving fitted on ground and mezzanine floor levels. However, due to the tremendous success and expansion of their operation, Mayflex were faced with a storage space problem that traditional racking and shelving methods could not address.

Mayflex therefore investigated the automated vertical storage market and chose IAS Industore, the sole UK and Ireland supplier of Hänel automated storage systems, to provide a solution to this problem using an automated vertical storage system. IAS Industore subsequently installed six Hänel Lean Lifts, which fully utilised the 9.5 metres of height available in the warehouse.

The mezzanine floor, along with all shelving, was removed. With all stock now stored in the Lean Lifts a massive 80% of valuable floor space was saved. This provided Mayflex with the excess capacity sought within the existing warehouse area.

IAS Industore bespoke software was interfaced with the Mayflex Warehouse Management System to further enhance the stock pick/replenish operation. This provided further savings in time and labour costs which, combined with the massive space savings, gave Mayflex a return on investment which was well within the two year target for the project to pay for itself.

Commenting on this implementation of the Hänel Lean Lifts, Jez Warne, Mayflex Logistics Manager said, "There is no doubt that this innovative way of working in the warehouse is benefiting our customers. The speed at which goods are picked and replenished using the Lean Lifts, ensures that both efficiency and accuracy are substantially enhanced. The software designed exclusively for Mayflex by IAS Industore, offers us a unique picking experience not offered anywhere else in the UK."
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