High Volume and Fast, Accurate Scanning Drives Activities at
Busy T.U. Distribution Centers
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Created in 1880, the Dutch company Technische Unie (T.U.),
its 35 sales offices, and two warehouses, became part of the international
company Sonepar in 2000. Technische Unie supplies manufacturing, commercial and
residential construction companies, government and technical retailers with
products and services. The company has built its reputation on the quality of
its services and the reliability of its distribution centers. The wholesaler
offers over 200,000 references in their catalogue and more than 90,000 items
are stored in this warehouse.
T.U.’s warehouse outputs an average of 60,000 order line
items per day and can receive 100 to 125 trucks every working day at its doors
with new goods arrivals. A fast and robust scanning system is required to meet
these demands and to avoid frequent bottlenecks in the picking process.
With their printed picking lists, the employees collect the
goods according to the item group. They are then placed into grey trays and
transported over the conveyor belts to one of the 64 working stations at the
end of the sorting line. For inbound, storage and order picking tasks, all the
scanners – at the 14 repacking stations and at the 64 working stations – are
used intensively because of an ongoing transport process.
The scanning process is very fast – the employees are
trained for this activity – which leads to a high level of efficiency in order
picking (as well as inbound registration). Therefore, T.U. really needed a
scanner that would easily adapt to this incredible rhythm.
T.U. chose the PowerScan® PM8300 cordless laser scanners, as
they met all of their demands concerning reliability, durability, operational
use (at least 16 hours a day in two shifts), ergonomics and intuitive use by
T.U. employees. High volume scanning, like that done at T.U., is very demanding
on the internal working components of the scanners like the mirrors, the scan
engine and the very much-used trigger.