Materials handling and distribution advice from some of the UK’s top companies – including Yeo Valley, John Lewis and Boots – will be yet another visitor benefit at IMHX 2013. Logistics professionals from a number of blue-chip firms are lined up to speak at the IMHX Logistics Case Study Conference over the four days of the show from 19-22 March at the NEC.
Running alongside the IMHX ‘Logistics Excellence’ Conference of strategic-level seminars, the IMHX Logistics Case Study Conference will feature presentations that demonstrate examples of best practice in intralogistics. Taking place in the Case Study Theatre in hall 17, the sessions will be presented by end-user clients who will each give a frank and insightful overview of their project, covering both the advantages secured and the pitfalls to be aware of.
Under the theme for day one of ‘Warehouse Efficiency’, clients will include Yeo Valley with exhibitor Harland Simon (stand 20F125), Prologis with Hörmann UK (20D80) and Aerotron with Permaban (17P30). Yeo Valley will describe how Harland Simon recently implemented its Warehouse Insight system at one of the company’s warehouses in Somerset in order to provide new KPIs and a better understanding of how the facility operates.
Day two’s theme of ‘Automated Projects’ will see representatives from Fredericks Dairies with RediTechniX (19L160), John Lewis with KNAPP (20D30) and Häfele UK with Jungheinrich (19L134) take to the podium to explain how automation has improved their logistics operations. Ice-cream manufacturer, Fredericks Dairies, wanted an ecologically friendly, efficient and cost-effective logistics solution for its -28ºC environment and chose a revolutionary automated solution from RediTechniX that combines a pallet buffer and sequencing system with ASRS technology to increase storage density by up to 90% compared to a VNA system.
Leading retailer Boots UK will be among companies presenting on day three, when the case studies will be on the theme of ‘Order Picking Solutions’. Boots invested £50 million its multiple award-winning distribution facility in Burton-upon-Trent, where an automated handling system from KNAPP (20D30) that takes care of the company’s e-commerce fulfilment has increased time efficiency by 65% compared to the previous manual operation. Other companies speaking on Thursday 21 March include J&K Aquatics with TopVOX (17P58), Contract Distribution Services with Vocollect (17R170) and Bakkavor Foods with @Logistics Reply (19J87).
The case studies on the final day of IMHX will take the theme of ‘Storage Solutions’, with presentations from Aesseal with KASTO (18N150), Toolbank with Link 51 (20B85) and Ark-H with Spaciotempo (18M190). Aesseal, the largest manufacturer of mechanical seals in the UK, will talk about the storage system installed at its Rotherham factory by KASTO to store stainless steel and superalloy bar, tube and billet in a compact footprint. The Unitowers, which house 5-tonne- and 3-tonne-capacity cassettes respectively, occupy just 30m2 despite having a capacity of 126 tonnes, compared with the 90m2 of floor area previously needed to accommodate just 60 tonnes of material in conventional racking.