High Volume and Fast, Accurate Scanning Drives Activities at Busy T.U. Distribution Centers.
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.