Port Kembla global investment

Port Kembla Industry Facilitation Fund (PKIFF) recipient, Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, a global shipping and logistics operator, will today celebrate the opening of its new Technical Services Facility in Kemblawarra.

One of nine recipients of the Australian Government’s AusIndustry PKIFF fund, the company was awarded $1.123 million towards the development of the new high and heavy vehicle technical services facility.

In addition to the funding awarded, the global company has invested a further $5.6 million towards developing the best-in-class facility in the region.

The move of the facility from its current location in Sydney will be followed by the relocation of the company’s port operations to Port Kembla in October and demonstrates the organisation’s commitment to providing a truly integrated and synergised product.

The head of the Oceania Region for WWL, Lauritz Andersen, says the Kemblawarra site offers great potential for the company and its customers and believes the Australian Government’s funding for development of the Port Kembla region will be of great benefit to local and national commerce.

“Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics is very pleased to be selected as a recipient of Port Kembla Industry Facilitation Fund assistance and we look forward to being a part of the local community,” he says.

“The development of the Port Kembla facilities will be of great benefit, supporting the growth of the Wollongong and Shellharbour communities, the Australian shipping community and Australian commerce.”

Mr Andersen believes the move will result in future growth for the company’s logistics business, as well as having a positive effect on the region’s employment and growth.

“As a global shipping and logistics company, we recognise Australia’s need for world-class facilities and we welcome the opportunity to work together with the Port Kembla community to develop facilities of this standard in the Port Kembla region,” he says.

The Facility will be officially opened by Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells on behalf of the Australian Government at an event onsite today.

The Technical Services Facility complements the shipping and logistics services provided by the global logistics provider, enabling them to offer comprehensive factory-to-dealer services for their vehicle manufacturer customers.

RedPrairie expands in China

World leading consumer driven optimisation company RedPrairie has expanded its operation in China under the leadership of Dr Ziping Zhang and opened bigger offices in Shanghai.

2eTM) solutions.

“Having proven consistently that we can deliver on time and on budget and with our comprehensive suite, we are unique among Chinese and Western Supply Chain companies,” he says.

About RedPrairie

RedPrairie is a world leading consumer driven optimisation company. Built on an advanced Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) developed over the past 10 years, the RedPrairie integrated suite of solutions offers on-demand capabilities to over 25,000 sites worldwide for many of the world’s largest companies.

RedPrairie’s E2e™ solutions synchronize people and products throughout the customer buying cycle to ensure goods reach the right place at the right time.

At the point of sale, this means consumers have access to desired products and that the store is staffed with the right people to help them make their purchases.

In the production cycle, it means suppliers and manufacturers time and synchronise shipments and production based on demand signals from the retailer.

And in the back room of the store, it means having the least amount of inventory, solving the “last 50 metres” problem of the retail supply chain.

High rate order handling through compact sorting

Materials handling specialist ICA has integrated the world renowned FKI Logistex sorting systems as part of its technology lines in the Australasia region.

Of particular note is the Compact Cross-belt Sorter, which is easily accommodated in existing buildings due to its flexible modular design and minimum foot print.

The configuration can be complex or simple due to the capability of travelling in both the vertical and horizontal planes. The cross-belt of the sorter is available in A4 and A3 sizes.

This Compact Sorter is ideal for companies that produce digital media or similar, such as CDs and DVDs, for distribution of books, magazines, shoes, spare parts, postal articles and the like

Used by successful mail-order organisations including DOCdata Benelux, TMI, and Britannia Music, this technology has completely transformed order-handling.

What has traditionally been a process requiring days has now been reduced to hours, thereby significantly improving customer satisfaction and accuracy of sort thereby reducing product returns.

Some companies are even using this Compact Sorter for additional revenue as a third-party distribution business for other net-based traders and the like.

The DOCdata Benelux layout, for example, is a simple “U” shaped design with a capacity of 20,000 items per hour.

TMI, which distributes to specialised music retailers in Austria and Germany, uses this sorter technology to distribute 30 million units per year comprising from approximately 160,000 different types of articles to 350 different sales points.

When planning its new logistics centre, TMI decided on a ‘Two-In-One Sorter’. At a length of 336 metres with 10 induction points and 520 discharges, TMI’s system processes 35,000 items per hour.

Britannia Music is a traditional mail-order company distributing CDs and DVDs to its (approximately) 2,000,000 million members of its music club.

Using the Double Tray Sorter, 145 metres long, Britannia is able to process 516,000 units during a five day, three shift run.

The key to these high capacity figures is the reduction in need for manual intervention. A system controller achieves this with automated barcode labelling for scanning and tracking, calculation of items per package, cross-belt activation at the relevant destinations, and photocell activated mechanisms.

To ensure information relevant to each unit is processed with the same speed and efficiency, the controller enables the systemic incorporation of printers at the induction area to generate consignment notes and address labels.

The case examples, of DOCdata, TMI and Britannia, all illustrate the expediency, awesome capacity and the high levels of productivity and customer satisfaction each of these companies gained by implementing this technology.

Kitting cart keeps assembly lines organised

A new Creform materials handling concept assists in transforming multi-part and component assembly tasks into organised and structured processes, helping to streamline operations for better efficiency and lower costs.

Distributed exclusively in Australia by Industrial Conveying (Aust) Pty Ltd (ICA), the Kitting Cart is an optimum sized structure that performs as a push cart to safely transport parts and uses the adaptive Creform system of plastic coated steel pipe, joints and accessories.

It can also serve as a portable crib to keep tools within handy reach, as a temporary storage rack keeping kitted parts in correct orientation, and as a quick visual aid to determine part inventories, sequencing and importantly, when the cart is empty, to make sure all components were assembled.

The Kitting Cart is ideal for use in the automotive and aerospace industries, or where kitting operations are prevalent. Utilising the cart allows material handling technicians to accurately fill logistical orders, and optimise time by assembly staff to focus on ‘value-added’ processes.

The Kitting Cart has construction features, handling capabilities, sizing and flexibility that makes it a perfect match for the needs of assembly operations in a variety of applications.

The cart has four large-area, height adjustable shelves for transporting the collection of necessary parts to a specific job site, and then temporarily holds the parts until required for assembly.

With the integration of tool ‘holsters’ and compartments, the cart makes easy work of organising the required implements, materials and supplies to complete jobs fast.

It also incorporates a series of hooks for suspending larger, awkward-shaped parts and components, a means to protect high-finished parts from damage.

Shelves each measure 508mm x 1220mm and have a lattice-like pattern that provides ample strength with cart capacities available from 136kg to 450kg.

The ventilated design helps to minimise the weight of the cart itself for easy transport. Shelf height and spacing can be quickly adjusted, and provide for easy removal or reinstallation if projects dictate changes to spacing needs.

To further its maneuverability, the unit incorporates four large diameter swivel casters with two casters that have a locking element to stabilize the cart at work locations.

In addition to the hooks for hanging parts and tool holsters, other available accessories include rubber bumper rings to protect from collisions, pegboard sections, clip-on bins for small parts and hardware items, a clipboard for instructions, notes, etc., and labeling protectors to help organize and identify components.

Because of the modularity of the Creform system, only the items required for specific situations need be included, helping to streamline weight and costs.

As with all Creform System-built structures, the ease of integrating design modifications and the simplistic construction methods allows the ‘standard’ specifications of the Kitting Cart to be customised.

Carts are available in an assortment of pipe colors that aids in identifying them by department, personnel or for specific uses.

Creform offers the cart as a kit, with all components pre-fabricated, sized and packaged to individual customer specifications, and knocked down for economical shipping.

Cart kits use Creform metal joints with one-tool clamping to the pipe sections to make assembly steps simple and fast.

Logistics Recruitment partners with SupplyChainJobz

In a move that ensures global coverage, Logistics Recruitment has become the first global foundation client of www.SupplyChainJobz.com.

Recently launched www.SupplyChainJobz.com is the first global job board designed specifically for the Supply Chain & Logistics industry and will set a new standard in the search for global talent and the recruitment of Supply Chain & Logistics professionals and practitioners.

According to Neil McFarlane, Commercial Manager for SupplyChainJobz, the website will specialise in the full vertical roles from senior executives through to entry level positions across all business areas in the Supply Chain & Logistics industry including: operations, sales, commercial, finance & IT and human resources.

“We are delighted to have Logistics Recruitment onboard as a foundation client. As an international business serving the Supply Chain & Logistics industry, www.SupplyChainJobz.com is well positioned as the only specialist global job board to assist Logistics Recruitment in attracting the best talent for their best jobs,” McFarlane says.

“Our service to them includes powering the Logistics Recruitment Live Job site which will offer users more interactive functionality and deliver a better level of service offering.”

“Few industry verticals have matched such dynamic growth, change and advancement on a global scale in recent years as the Supply Chain & Logistics industry and www.SupplyChainJobz.com will provide a unique offering to employers and global job seekers alike,” he adds.

“Job seekers who post their profile to www.SupplyChainJobz.com will be able to be automatically ‘matched’ to available positions. Employers and Recruiters can then alerted to suitable candidates on a daily basis, if desired,” says Kim Winter, Group Managing Director, Logistics Recruitment, who is equally upbeat about the relationship.

“Specialist job boards are becoming are becoming the search tool for job seekers worldwide, we have waited a long time for a truly global job site that will provide Logistics Recruitment with a platform to advertise for roles from it’s offices in Amsterdam, Dubai, Shanghai, Singapore and throughout Australasia.”

“With the launch of www.SupplyChainJobz.com, we can now offer job seekers one portal to go to and search all of our executive and premium job opportunities,” Winter says.

“With the daily job alert system being offered by www.SupplyChainJobz.com, job seekers can ensure they are the first to know about new opportunities throughout Australia and internationally.”

To find out more log on to www.SupplyChainJobz.com

Industrial security range from Leda-Vannaclip

Specilist Leda-Vannaclip has turned its attention to assisting Australian industry, government utilities, hospitals and tertiary institutions to install improved perimeter security and access control solutions.

New lighter duty Cantilever, Swing and Track sliding gates are just part of the company’s new industrial range.

Also included is Leda-Vannaclip’s high speed Bi-Fold gates that were the star attraction when launched at the recent ASIAL Security exhibition in Sydney.

While security is always a major issue, growing Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) regulations are placing the onus on owners and managers to restrict access to all or part of their sites and complexes.

Leda-Vannaclip has the products either in stand alone or complete access control systems that can be incorporated into your property or project.

Where standardised products are not available Leda-Vannaclip’s engineers will design and engineer a customised solution.

Leda-Vannaclip is Australia’s leading specialist in Perimeter Security Solutions and traffic control systems – comprising gates, bollards, tyre spikes, road blockers, turnstiles, barriers, bicycle security and parking protection.

For details and or specifications on any of Leda-Vannaclip’s industrial products please visit the comprehensive website www.l-v.com.au or contact your closest sales office on 1300 780 450

Mitre 10 grows its footprint

Mitre 10, the largest independently owned hardware chain in Australasia, will install new state-of-the-art order fulfilment systems for distribution centres in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Mitre 10 has been providing millions of Australian and New Zealand homeowners and tradespeople with DIY and hardware solutions for more than 40 years.

According to Jon Herbert, group general manager supply chain and logistics for Mitre 10, the announcement is the culmination of a two-year process during which the company completely reviewed the management of its supply chain.

“We carried out a strategic review of our supply chain activities and examined ways in which we could extract greater efficiencies for the business as well as cope with the projected growth of the company,” he says.

“It became apparent that a rationalisation of our warehousing activities was required and that we would benefit from economies of scale provided by facilities with much larger footprints.”

Mitre 10 acquired a warehouse facility in the Brisbane suburb of Acacia Ridge, which was already fitted with a bulk storage area, while in Melbourne it is constructing a purpose-built facility.

Each warehouse has a floor area of approximately 25,000 sq m. “Once we’d made the decisions on the premises we then examined the technologies that would best suit our requirements,” Herbert says.

“We’ve contracted Dematic to install a range of technologies at both facilities,” Herbert says.

“Although the Brisbane facility has a pallet rack system it has required Dematic to install a mezzanine floor, conveyor and sortation system, as well as integrating picking technologies using Radio Frequency (RF) that will be be upgraded to Voice Picking (VP) technology at a later stage.”

The RF and VP technologies will be managed by Dematic’s PickDIRECTOR, which will interface with Mitre 10’s warehouse management system.

The same software systems will feature in both warehouses. Melbourne being a new facility, Dematic will be responsible for the complete fit out including the pallet racking.

“We are confident that the Dematic solution will enable Mitre 10 to greatly enhance supply chain efficiencies and the technologies involved will serve us well into the future,” Herbert says.

NSW peak trucking body launched

ATA NSW, the new state membership organisation for NSW road freight operators has been officially launched at a function in Sydney.

A who’s who of the NSW road transport industry gathered at the Volvo Truck & Bus Showroom Chullora to hear more about their new industry body and celebrate the launch.

The launch follows the conception and development of ATA NSW over recent months by a group of NSW based operators in partnership with the industry’s peak national body, the Australian Trucking Association.

Chairman of the ATA NSW Interim Policy Council, Frank Johnston, says the new organisation would be a strong united voice in achieving a safer and more productive NSW road transport industry.

Special guest, Shadow Minister for Police, Industrial Relations and the Hunter, Mike Gallacher, commended the industry’s record of safety improvement and highlighted the important role of ATA NSW in leading further united industry change.

In his address, Mr Johnston noted that the core services of the organisation, including government representation, workplace relations helpline, industry news, operator workshops and daily member services were well underway, and that there was more to come.

“ATA NSW is already off to a very strong start, and we have a big remainder of 2007 to come as we continue to expand our offering to members,” he sais.

In an exciting addition to the launch, Johnston announced a new fuel offer for ATA NSW members under a partnership with leading industry fuel supplier, BP Australia.

Under the offer, ATA NSW members can gain a five cent per litre discount on diesel pump prices at BP truckstops and key diesel sites, and a three cent per litre discount on diesel pump prices at all other BP sites across their Australian network.

BP was joined by fellow ATA Foundation Sponsors National Transport Insurance and launch sponsor, Volvo Trucks, all of whom have put their support behind the new state peak body.

ATA NSW Manager, Hugh McMaster, addressed the many challenges the industry was facing, particularly in access and business regulatory issues, and the lead role ATA NSW would adopt to improve practical and focused industry outcomes. In concluding his address, Mr Johnston called for operators to stand united as part of ATA NSW.

“I can only urge you to get involved — its your industry and your ATA NSW,” he said.

Further details about a range of member offerings are due for release over the coming months.

World’s first Drive-In Rack system from Dematic

After groundbreaking research and development, the structural design team at Dematic has created a new Drive-In Rack system.

According to Dematic, the new Drive-In system is the lowest cost solution for high density storage on the market and the new design has been optimised by using stronger and bigger components, but less of them.

The Drive In Rack is the lowest cost and most popular form of high density pallet storage. While providing excellent storage capacity, Drive In Racking does restrict access, with the first pallet in, being the last pallet out. Drive In Racking is ideal for many industry sectors including General Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing and the Cold Storage Industry.

To better understand the design process and the features and benefits of the new system, we sat done with two members of the team.

According to Dr. Murray Clarke, Structural Design Manager, the challenge for the design team was to examine ways of improving the structural efficiency of the system and standardising the component designs and manufacturing processes whilst not compromising on load capacity or safety.

“Four years ago we sat down with a blank piece of paper and an overarching philosophy to make our Colby Drive-In system bigger, better and stronger whilst reducing the number of components to ensure it remained cost competitive,” Clarke says.

“We examined the key components and looked at ways of simplifying their design and manufacture, as well as installation. We started with the uprights, which were previously available in 90mm and 110mm configurations, and increased these to 125mm and 150mm in width.”

“This has enabled us to reduce the number of uprights, cantilever brackets and beams in a system; at the same time the components we have developed have application in other areas such as mezzanine floors and high rise racking” he says.

Probably the most innovative element of the new system is the new and patented Pallet Runner. Dr. Paul Berry, Senior Structural Engineer, says the new Pallet Runner is the result of extensive theoretical analysis, supported by prototype testing, to optimise the design.

“We spent many hours examining the shape and configuration of the Pallet Runner and we are confident we have designed the most advanced Pallet Runner in the world,” Berry says.

“The new patented design is capable of large spans, easily managing spans of 2400mm, and it minimises the vertical deflection and virtually eliminates horizontal deflection and twist.

Also the Pallet Runner is bolted from underneath, avoiding any catchpoints, and has holes punched at 50mm intervals providing greater flexibility in frame depth,” he says. T

he new system also includes innovative, one piece, formed Cantilever Brackets that wrap securely around the upright ensuring negligible rotation under load. T

he streamlined Protect-a-Rack wraps around the base of the upright with the angled profile deflecting impacts and the streamlined design maximising clear bay entry.

Heavy duty bracing connects symmetrically to the upright which increases the strength and load-carrying capacity whilst reducing the amount of bracing needed.

A Backstop is positioned at the end of the pallet runner to prevent pallets being pushed too far into the depth of the rack, eliminating potential damage to spine bracing and further increasing safety. Heavy duty, purpose designed floor channels help guide the forklift ensuring quick and easy alignment, safer handling and greater protection of the rack.

“The inherent flexibility within the system’s design makes it modular and capable of accommodating most customer requirements, including custom pallets,” says Paul Berry.

“For example, we’ve had great success in the cold storage industry where pallet density is the key issue and we’ve had to construct the Colby Drive-In around cooling fans. It hasn’t been a problem, and because everything is so modular we are able to provide faster installation times.”

An additional tool developed by the Dematic team is the sophisticated design software program “Rackman”, short for Rack Manager.

“The “Rackman” program provides Dematic and the Colby distributor network with a very valuable tool and a marked competitive advantage,” says Murray Clarke.

“By entering the customers requirements we are able to configure the best and most cost effective storage solution. “Rackman” configures the system and carries out advanced structural calculations to ensure it is compliant with design standards.”

“The customer can tweak the design and change the height and weight of pallets and the program will check the design and calculate the required floor loading. Finally, the cost of the storage system is calculated, all in a matter of a few minutes. This would have taken hours not so long ago,” he says.

“The market has responded in a positive manner to the new Colby Drive-In rack and we already have a number of happy customers in a range of installations, across a number of industries,” saysClarke.

“As part of our research and development of this new product, we examined a number of competitive products and are confident that, right now, this is the most advanced Drive-In Rack system in the world.”

World's first Drive-In Rack system from Dematic

After groundbreaking research and development, the structural design team at Dematic has created a new Drive-In Rack system.

According to Dematic, the new Drive-In system is the lowest cost solution for high density storage on the market and the new design has been optimised by using stronger and bigger components, but less of them.

The Drive In Rack is the lowest cost and most popular form of high density pallet storage. While providing excellent storage capacity, Drive In Racking does restrict access, with the first pallet in, being the last pallet out. Drive In Racking is ideal for many industry sectors including General Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing and the Cold Storage Industry.

To better understand the design process and the features and benefits of the new system, we sat done with two members of the team.

According to Dr. Murray Clarke, Structural Design Manager, the challenge for the design team was to examine ways of improving the structural efficiency of the system and standardising the component designs and manufacturing processes whilst not compromising on load capacity or safety.

“Four years ago we sat down with a blank piece of paper and an overarching philosophy to make our Colby Drive-In system bigger, better and stronger whilst reducing the number of components to ensure it remained cost competitive,” Clarke says.

“We examined the key components and looked at ways of simplifying their design and manufacture, as well as installation. We started with the uprights, which were previously available in 90mm and 110mm configurations, and increased these to 125mm and 150mm in width.”

“This has enabled us to reduce the number of uprights, cantilever brackets and beams in a system; at the same time the components we have developed have application in other areas such as mezzanine floors and high rise racking” he says.

Probably the most innovative element of the new system is the new and patented Pallet Runner. Dr. Paul Berry, Senior Structural Engineer, says the new Pallet Runner is the result of extensive theoretical analysis, supported by prototype testing, to optimise the design.

“We spent many hours examining the shape and configuration of the Pallet Runner and we are confident we have designed the most advanced Pallet Runner in the world,” Berry says.

“The new patented design is capable of large spans, easily managing spans of 2400mm, and it minimises the vertical deflection and virtually eliminates horizontal deflection and twist.

Also the Pallet Runner is bolted from underneath, avoiding any catchpoints, and has holes punched at 50mm intervals providing greater flexibility in frame depth,” he says. T

he new system also includes innovative, one piece, formed Cantilever Brackets that wrap securely around the upright ensuring negligible rotation under load. T

he streamlined Protect-a-Rack wraps around the base of the upright with the angled profile deflecting impacts and the streamlined design maximising clear bay entry.

Heavy duty bracing connects symmetrically to the upright which increases the strength and load-carrying capacity whilst reducing the amount of bracing needed.

A Backstop is positioned at the end of the pallet runner to prevent pallets being pushed too far into the depth of the rack, eliminating potential damage to spine bracing and further increasing safety. Heavy duty, purpose designed floor channels help guide the forklift ensuring quick and easy alignment, safer handling and greater protection of the rack.

“The inherent flexibility within the system’s design makes it modular and capable of accommodating most customer requirements, including custom pallets,” says Paul Berry.

“For example, we’ve had great success in the cold storage industry where pallet density is the key issue and we’ve had to construct the Colby Drive-In around cooling fans. It hasn’t been a problem, and because everything is so modular we are able to provide faster installation times.”

An additional tool developed by the Dematic team is the sophisticated design software program “Rackman”, short for Rack Manager.

“The “Rackman” program provides Dematic and the Colby distributor network with a very valuable tool and a marked competitive advantage,” says Murray Clarke.

“By entering the customers requirements we are able to configure the best and most cost effective storage solution. “Rackman” configures the system and carries out advanced structural calculations to ensure it is compliant with design standards.”

“The customer can tweak the design and change the height and weight of pallets and the program will check the design and calculate the required floor loading. Finally, the cost of the storage system is calculated, all in a matter of a few minutes. This would have taken hours not so long ago,” he says.

“The market has responded in a positive manner to the new Colby Drive-In rack and we already have a number of happy customers in a range of installations, across a number of industries,” saysClarke.

“As part of our research and development of this new product, we examined a number of competitive products and are confident that, right now, this is the most advanced Drive-In Rack system in the world.”

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