June 23, 2021
Swisslog has announced that Toyota Motor North America will install a goods-to-person automation system that features Swisslog’s CarryPick storage and order picking system in its Hebron, Kentucky, facility to enable continued growth and keep up with demand in the automotive spare parts market.
The company said Toyota was looking for a future-proof automation solution that would speed up its entire operation and provide flexibility for continued growth, while also utilizing the current facility with its restrictions on ceiling height and space. Swisslog said its flexibility and modularity of the CarryPick solution will let the company meet its needs without making construction changes to the building.
The CarryPick system includes four components – robots, mobile racks, SynQ warehouse management software and pick stations. The standard mobile racks can be customized for different sized and shaped items, which can be helpful for businesses that have large variations in product size or need to accommodate frequent changes in product sizes or volumes. The SynQ management software orchestrates the order and inventory process while optimizing the automated flow of the equipment to secure the highest efficiency and accuracy of the operation, Swisslog said. The system is expected to be operational in March 2022.
“Swisslog is excited to work with Toyota to bring flexibility and efficiency to its spare parts fulfillment process,” said Markus Schmidt, president of Swisslog Americas. “Swisslog’s CarryPick allows the company to quickly and easily deploy a flexible and modular approach to s supply chain automation that will help the company overcome the daily challenges of product variability, managed growth and the demands of a constantly evolving and rapidly expanding market.”
Swisslog, which is part of the KUKA Group, has more than 2,000 installations around the globe with invaluable experience in flexible, scalable and modular automation. More details on the company and its software is available here.