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Second ASRS contract secured

12 December 2012

Logistex, a global supplier and integrator of automated materials handling systems, has completed a second contract for Wincanton to upgrade Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) in distribution centres operate

Logistex, a global supplier and integrator of automated materials handling systems, has completed a second contract for Wincanton to upgrade Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems (ASRS) in distribution centres operated by Wincanton on behalf of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

The first contract was to add two high bay storage aisles with narrow aisle cranes to the existing nine aisles installed by Logistex, as well as additional racking and conveyors, in Wincanton's GSK Distribution Centre at Middlewich, Cheshire. The second contract was to upgrade the ASRS - originally installed by a different supplier - at Wincanton's GSK Distribution Centre at Brockworth, near Gloucester.

In the Brockworth upgrade, Logistex has replaced legacy control technology, operator screens, motors and drive components with software and equipment based on nextgeneration technologies. They have made significant improvements in system functionality, including providing all 15 cranes with the flexibility to change aisles. These enhancements form part of the development of the supply chain infrastructure to support the growth of GSK's Consumer and Nutritional Healthcare business.

The project has brought a number of operational and safety improvements to the warehouse.

ASRS cranes can operate in either automatic or semi-automatic mode, adding further flexibility and ease of maintenance. The control system allows cranes to automatically return to the home position when an error is detected, and has a timer and diagnostics system that provides fast, responsive and safe maintenance and repair. An interlock key exchange and light guard have increased safety and new AC motors will reduce energy costs and improve reliability.

Martin Sealy, business unit director for Wincanton, says: "We have been impressed by the solution provided - its flexibility and features will facilitate agility and growth."
 
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