BWX transforms operations with new automated DC


BWX has expanded its Melbourne operations with the construction of a new highly automated manufacturing plant in south-east Clayton.

On the back of sustained business growth, the new 14,785 square metre warehouse will operate with four automated high-speed production lines, together with an AutoStore system provided by Dematic, a modern automated storage and picking fulfilment solution.

Building on BWX’s existing facility, which is operating with nine semi-automatic low-speed production lines, the new Clayton facility’s increased automation capabilities will work to effectively streamline warehouse operations and support ongoing business expansion – working at three times the manufacturing capacity of the existing site.

Duncan Munro, Group Operations Director at BWX says with AutoStore, the products are brought directly to the operator, working to actively streamline the picking process by reducing warehouse foot traffic and keeping the products close to where they are required to be.

“As part of our new Australian HQ and operations facility we needed an outside-the-box approach to scale and innovate our e-commerce fulfilment, and Dematic have developed a pragmatic, customised solution that supports this,” Duncan says.

Rory Gration, Group Chief Operating Officer at BWX adds AutoStore will significantly increase our e-commerce efficiencies with improved picking, packing, and replenishing to support rising volumes. It puts us in the right position for future growth with effective use of warehouse space and the ability to customise and expand the system to suit our needs.”

David Lamb, Consulting Manager, at Dematic says by advancing its new manufacturing facility with high-speed automation, BWX will not only overcome high order volumes, but improve the entire warehousing process as well.

“Alongside its intelligent use of warehouse space, AutoStore streamlines picking, packing, and replenishment operations,” David says.

“From upscaling for future growth to gaining valuable insights into warehouse operations to delivering business-critical improvements, AutoStore is a solution for proactive planning, better productivity, and a modern automated warehouse, and we’re incredibly excited to see it in action at BWX’s new Clayton warehouse.”

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