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Honeywell has announced that two popular voice solutions are now available in Australian and New Zealand warehouses. According to the company, these solutions will increase productivity and reduce errors for local distribution centres.
Honeywell will now offers its Guided Work Solutions software and Vocollect A700x Series of mobile devices to the continent, to help businesses improve efficiency through hands-free, eyes-up solutions.
“For more than 20 years, distribution centers globally have achieved significant productivity and accuracy gains by empowering their workers with Honeywell Vocollect voice solutions. As we expand throughout the Australian market, we expect to see the same productivity and accuracy results in warehouses and distribution centers using these solutions,” David Hudson, APAC general manager of voice solutions for Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions said.
Guided Work Solutions
Designed for the small-to medium-sized warehouse and distribution centre, Honeywell’s Guided Work Solutions is a software application that runs on the AndroidTM operating system and is based on the company’s industry-leading Vocollect voice technology.
The worker-focused software is currently integrated with the Microsoft Dynamics 365 and SAP Business One enterprise resource planning platforms and can connect to other backend systems.
Easily conﬁgured and quickly deployed, this solution guides workers through a variety of warehouse tasks, from picking to receiving, replenishment and put-away. Results have shown up to 35% productivity gains, 50% error reductions and 20% fewer safety incidents – all while cutting training time in half.
“With Guided Work Solutions, we can help small- and medium-sized enterprises smoothly and quickly deploy the same voice-directed technology used by the world’s largest and most complex fulfilment operations,” David said.
The software runs on a wide range of compatible hardware, including Honeywell’s mobile computers, as well as other Android mobile devices. The Android platform provides support for multiple interfaces including voice, scanning and keypad.
Vocollect A700x Series
Built on more than 20 years of distribution center technology for voice-directed work, Honeywell’s popular Vocollect A700x Series empowers mobile workers in distribution centers to operate hands-free with voice technology. The technology benefits both the worker, with intuitive and ergonomic wearable technology, and the DC operation, with outstanding productivity and business value.
A new warehouse installation is proving a big leap in distribution efficiency for the Australian operation of Toll Group’s big-name toys and games customer.
Toll perform all the Australian warehousing and distribution for a leading global toy manufacturer based out of a 36,000 square metre multi-customer site in Sydney.
Almost half the facility is now dedicated to the customer’s products, distributed to major retailers and independent toy stores throughout the country.
To achieve the efficiency and requirements of a major client, Toll looked to put sortation in place to better manage the picking process with speed and accuracy.
Swisslog was chosen as the solution delivered more flexibility and opportunities to deliver other benefits in the future as well as an expected 200% productivity improvement.
The new solution completely changed the baseline manual warehouse operation; enabling Toll to provide higher distribution volumes of retail ready cartons, picked for each store in less time, with more efficiency and using less space.
Moving to wave picking techniques, cartons in a wide variety of shapes and sizes are fed to an automated sortation system that handles up to 20 customer orders at a time and 95% of the product range.
The entire system is managed by Swisslog’s SynQ software. This takes customer orders from Toll’s system and coordinates all the equipment and controls of the automated operation, delivering efficiency, speed and accuracy.
As pallets of product are delivered by forklift to each of two infeed stations, staff manually depalletise cartons and place them on conveyor, where they are automatically scanned and labelled at high speed (approximately one every two seconds).
Travelling along conveyor, cartons are then merged onto an Activated Roller Belt (ARB) sorter. The system was designed around the ARB sorter as the requirement is for up to 4,000 cartons per hour, the sweet spot for this type of system. It takes up far less space, and has a much lower cost, than large scale cross belt, sliding shoe or tilt tray sorters. The mechanics of the sorter also means gentle handling even at high speed.
The entire sortation system is just 36m long, fitting easily into the existing warehouse. The sorter feeds cartons onto one of 20 dispatch lane conveyors, which are gravity braked to continue the gentle handling operation. Swisslog’s SynQ control system spreads the load as evenly as possible across dispatch lanes, to ensure that lanes are not full while others are awaiting products. SynQ can also direct a carton around the sortation loop if the required dispatch lane is full.
The initial start-up has shown that the system is achieving even better productivity than anticipated. Getting through the picking wave faster means we can start the afternoon shift later, giving customers a later cut off time for orders.
The project had to be delivered in an existing warehouse, which involved isolating the sorter area while it was installed and commissioned. Despite this restriction, the project delivery was well managed.
The sortation system will also be used for other customers, where relevant, delivering productivity across the warehouse.
Toll Group is anticipating getting more out of the system, working with Swisslog as a long-term partner to make refinements that will bring additional benefits to the operation and add further functionality.
Kaufland’s Victorian expansion is gathering steam, with the global supermarket chain receiving approval for a further two stores and proposing at least nine more, which – if approved – could deliver hundreds of extra jobs.
Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas has announced the go-ahead for stores in Coolaroo and Oakleigh South, with the latter to also hold Kaufland’s headquarters.
This is on top of its 115,000 square metre distribution centre in Mickleham – which is currently being built – and three already approved stores in Dandenong, Epping and Chirnside Park.
Kaufland has announced plans to build at least nine additional stores across Victoria – in Braybrook, Lyndhurst, Geelong, South Morang, Bendigo, Narre Warren, Warrnambool, Coburg and Pakenham, the Andrews Labor Government has referred the proposals to an independent advisory panel for consideration.
“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria. We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses ”said Ms Kern.
Victoria will also be home to one of Kaufland Australia’s two test stores, which both commenced construction last week.
“Our Dandenong store marks a tremendous milestone in our development here in Australia, and we are very happy to break ground for our first store in Victoria.”
Ms Kern said she was looking forward to seeing Kaufland’s positive early growth in Australia and she was eager to open stores in due course.
“Australia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world, and we are excited to grow with it. Our aim is to raise the bar in retail excellence and provide an uncompromising quality food shop for our customers” Julia said.
All approvals will be exhibited for public comment and be subject to public hearings which will help inform the advisory panel’s report to the Planning Minister.
Kaufland’s investment in Victoria is worth $435 million and expected to create 1,500 jobs. If the nine stores are approved, the investment will top half a billion and create up to 2,400 jobs.
One of the world’s largest retailers, Kaufland chose Victoria as the starting ground for its Australian expansion, joining the likes of Costco, Aldi, Uniqlo, H&M and MUJI.
The supermarket giant is already engaging with Victorian suppliers, so it can source local products where possible and will provide opportunities for complementary independent retailers such as cafes within shopping complexes.
Their investment will also benefit the construction industry, with the distribution centre and stores set to create hundreds of opportunities for local construction businesses, workers and apprentices.
“This is great news for consumers – another major player in the market will provide more choice for Victorians, more value for money at the checkout and create thousands of jobs,” Tim Pallas, Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas said.
“With five approved stores, as well as the additional nine sites under review, we are committed to our long term, sustainable growth across Victoria. We look forward to creating thousands of jobs and creating opportunities for local businesses,” Julia Kern, Managing Director, Kaufland Australia said.