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Modular conveyor platform boosts productivity

08 June 2017

Alpi Sistemi S.r.l. designed and implemented the new automated warehouse for DAMA SpA, owners of the famous brand Paul & Shark, utilizing Interroll’s modular conveyor platform (MCP) to successfully boost productivity in this specific sector by 150 percent. 

DAMA SpA launched the luxury sportswear brand Paul & Shark in 1970 and all the goods produced transit through its central warehouse and logistics hub in Casciago (Varese), before being sent onto its established retailer network. The 27,000 sqm warehouse operates on multiple levels and is sub-divided into areas for different tasks, including folding and hanging of items with lines that allow automated handling and storage.

Alpi Sistemi s.r.l., designed and implemented the made-to-measure system in order to optimise the workflow and increase efficiency. 

The core design of the platform involves a robust, modular system that incorporates the various key conveyor elements to form a complete material flow solution to fulfil the required services. Working closely with Interroll to thoroughly assess the handling of a sizeable quantity of packages entering and leaving the distribution centre, Interroll eventually supplied 100 metres of its MCP, equipped with the 24 V RollerDrive controlled by the Interroll MultiControl.

Head of logistics and operations at DAMA SpA, Andrea Di Cesare, expressed his complete satisfaction with the realisation of the new system.

"We needed to implement an automated system for sorting, closing and labelling packages, with the aim of drastically reducing delivery times, boosting productivity and shipping with greater reliability," he said. "Alpi Sistemi and Interroll worked together brilliantly to achieve this, creating a system that surpassed my expectations in terms of functionality, quietness and energy consumption."

Stefano Gornati and Roberto Mombelli, directors of Alpi Sistemi, shared their client's satisfaction. 

"Our philosophy is based on combining decisions and results with ethical concerns, respecting human values and professional development in order to foster trusted relationships with clients and create excellent products. The collaboration with Interroll provided us not only with superior quality products but also with excellent technical counsel that enabled us to find the right solutions to the problems that arose when creating something as complex as the new DAMA distribution centre. Fashion is demanding, both in the finished product and in the quality and punctuality of its delivery."

Alpi Sistemi provided the integration of automatic weighing, barcode reading, volume measuring, and labelling into the line. Software integration was provided by Alpi Sistemi as well. The platform employs very efficient 24 V technology that delivers high-performance operation, which is also practically noiseless. The highly versatile Interroll conveyor platform can be adapted to the most diverse specific needs of clients and users alike. 

Furthermore, it is possible to use the platform as a basis for retrofitting systems for the flow of materials in a particularly quick and practical manner. The modules, most of which come pre-assembled, made the system easy to install. The MCP is controlled by Interroll MultiControl, the new network interface card for PROFINET, EtherNet/IP and EtherCAT. With help of the MultiControl, sensors and RollerDrive are directly integrated in to the field bus level.