Renault opens Melbourne mega-warehouse

The shared parts and accessories warehouse is a first for Alliance member companies and is designed to maximise productivity, efficiency and accuracy in order fulfilment, allowing companies to enhance service to their national dealership networks.
The facility will become the new master warehouse for Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors’ national distribution network and will also service the INFINITI brand, which falls under the Alliance.
Based in the Melbourne suburb of Truganina, the purpose-built facility is strategically located between Melbourne’s sea container terminal and the airport. The facility has direct access to all interstate roads, is over 37,000 square metres in size, and is part of a CEVA super site that is the largest logistics facility in the southern hemisphere.
“Today’s opening is a significant milestone for the Alliance,” said Kent O’Hara, global senior vice president of aftersales for the Alliance.
“This shared facility is another example of how the Alliance continues to generate synergies to the benefit of our companies, customers and shareholders at a global level.”
Housing more than 90,000 different parts, the Alliance National Distribution Centre manages 11 inbound sea containers daily, as well as airfreight and other local shipments. It brings in 2,500 parts each day, while eight B-double transporters – as part of a same day service – deliver 8,500 parts direct to dealerships.
Operating 24 hours a day and transporting parts across the entire country, the warehouse has space for approximately 100,000 parts and accessories. It also includes a 677 sqm wet room with space for 700 pallets, and employs over 90 staff.
One of the first six star Green Star built and accredited buildings in Australia, it has a roof-mounted solar system to provide renewable energy, high bay LED lighting with daylight and motion sensors, early suppression fast response sprinkler systems and a rainwater system for bathroom and garden irrigation.
It also incorporates technologies and processes for the fast and efficient movement of automotive parts and accessories. These include a dedicated area for the storage of hazardous liquids such as oils, transmission and brake fluids, and the 10 container docks allow for high volume inbound and outbound shipments.
The Alliance National Distribution Centre is now fully operational.
 

Global industrial automation market to reach $80.6 billion

Analysts from Research and Markets have announced in their latest report on industrial automation that the global industrial automation services market was worth US$35.2 billion ($44.5 billion) in 2016 and is estimated to reach US$64.5 billion ($80.6 billion) by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 10.6 per cent for the forecasted period.
Industrial automation involves automation of manufacturing, quality control and material handling processes, with control systems, information technologies and robots used to handle different processes in an industry. Various types of industrial automation include fixed or hard automation, programmable automation and flexible or soft automation. Project engineering and installation holds major share in this market. Advantages of industrial automation include increased productivity, improved product quality, reduced routine checks and improved operational efficiency.
According to the report, the US is currently at the head of the industrial automation market, followed by Europe. Asia Pacific (which includes Australia) is expected to be the fastest growing region in this industry. The reports says during 2015–16, US companies exported nearly US$10.5 billion worth of products to foreign markets.
Some of the key growth factors of this industry are the need for operational efficiency, rapidly growing SMEs, a growing inclination towards Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud-based automation, the growing demand for smart factories, mass customisation, supply chain synchronisation, integration of systems and increasing R&D and innovation in artificial intelligence and advancement in the M2M communication technology. High installation and maintenance costs and lack of trained professions are some of the constraints in this industry.
Major companies in this industry include Honeywell International, General Electric Company, Mitsubishi Electric, Rockwell Automation, Johnson Controls, ABB, Samsung Electronics, Siemens AG and Schneider Electric. The report also pointed out that most of the regional and local vendors are vertically integrated. International players can grow by acquiring regional or local players.

Nissan, Mitsubishi building major automotive logistics facility

Nissan Motor Co. Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia have announced that they will establish a shared parts and accessories operation in Truganina, Victoria.
The announcement follows Nissan’s recently established global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors, which was formalised in October last year.
The new Australia-based initiative will see both automotive companies share warehousing space and logistics support for the national distribution of each brand’s parts and accessories from an all-new Truganina warehouse facility.
“This is a milestone development in Nissan’s new alliance with Mitsubishi,” said Richard Emery, Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Australia. “This collaboration has opened the door to many important synergies, including the sharing of parts storage, distribution and logistics here in Australia. This is an important investment with many benefits for our respective customers and dealers.”
Mutsuhiro Oshikiri, CEO, Mitsubishi Motors Australia, said this is one of the first alliance-based projects globally. “We are pleased it will assist us to achieve greater efficiency through cooperation with our local alliance partner, Nissan Australia, to deliver a better service to our respective customers,” said Oshikiri.
The new 36,000m2 National Parts Distribution Centre will be one of Australia’s largest automotive logistics facilities and is targeted for build completion by December 2017.
The Truganina facility will become the new master warehouse for Nissan and Mitsubishi’s national distribution network and will also service the Renault and Infiniti brands, both of which fall under the global Renault-Nissan Alliance.
This new warehouse has been designed to meet the requirements for a six-star Green Star rating, the Green Building Council’s highest level of certification for sustainable building design and among Australia’s first six-star energy rated parts distribution centres.

Industrial Robots on display at the Drives Exhibition & Conference

Interest in industrial robotics is rising rapidly as prices are coming down and capabilities are increasing.
With rapid technological advancements, the show organizer believes that the time is right for an introduction of a robotics demonstration area at the event.
According to Harmonic Drive UK managing director, Graham Mackrell, Drives & Controls 2016 offers products, advice and support for adding to the growth of the industry.
“We’re also starting to see drive from the Government’s RAS 2020 intiative to boost the robotics and autonomous systems sector in the UK and the £400 million investment in innovation. This investment will see an upswing in things like collaborative robot technology as well as more advanced medical robots.”
Robots are also designed to ensure they meet evolving International Standards Organization (ISO) criteria as well as being responsive enough to react to cross paths with a person. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need to ensure reliability of the drives and gears they choose.
Collaborative robots will also be on display, designed to operate safely with human workers without need of a protective cage. These robots can be moved easily around the production facility for various applications.
The growing significance of industrial robotics will be emphasized in the free seminar program at Drives & Controls 2016. The seminars will include presentations that would cover topics such as dispelling the risks, fears and unknowns of modern day robotics.
It will also look into the trend for eliminating the guarding from robotic cells and understanding the practical advantages and disadvantages of robotic applications.
The physical, practical, technical and regulatory constraints will be discussed in the seminar.

New Generation Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stacker Truck

New Generation Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stacker Truck, setting new standards in Materials Handling.

 
Compact, easy to use and highly versatile, the new Mitsubishi AXIA ES Pedestrian Stacker has been developed to deliver exceptional productivity in every setting.
These completely newly designed Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stackers come with an ergonomic tiller arm and extremely compact powerhead and outstanding visibility. The AXIA ES ensures excellent manoeuvrability in tight spaces.
 
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The new Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stacker series include advanced and added value features that deliver real customer benefits, particularly in terms of reliability and value for money. These features include:

  • A sealed chassis to offer protection against dirt, dust and other particles lying around your work site which can reduce wear of the truck.
  • A fantastic water- resistant design which diverts splashed moisture away from key electrical components for longer truck life.
  • Low centre of gravity which aids stability for safe operation.
  • A powerful AC drive motor which gives excellent traction and ramp performance, as well as smooth, quiet, controlled operation, extended shift length and lower maintenance requirements.
  • Convenient extra ground clearance for driving on ramps and loading docks.
  • The choice of two performance modes, enhancing safety, energy, efficiency and productivity.
  • A foldable driver platform which offers a comfortable ride over longer distances.

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These newly designed, state of the art trucks are available in 1,600Kg capacity.
For more information on the brand new Mitsubishi AXIA ES Pedestrian Stacker, please contact:
MLA Holdings on:
131 652
www.mlaholdings.com.au

New-generation pedestrian stacker truck is setting new standards in materials handling

Compact, easy to use and highly versatile, the new Mitsubishi AXIA ES Pedestrian Stacker has been developed to deliver exceptional productivity in every setting.
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These completely newly designed Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stackers come with an ergonomic tiller arm and extremely compact powerhead and outstanding visibility. The AXIA ES ensures excellent manoeuvrability in tight spaces.
The new Mitsubishi Pedestrian Stacker series include advanced and added value features that deliver real customer benefits, particularly in terms of reliability and value for money. These features include:
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These features include:

    • A sealed chassis to offer protection against dirt, dust and other particles lying around your work site which can reduce wear of the truck.
    • A fantastic water- resistant design which diverts splashed moisture away from key electrical components for longer truck life.
    • Low centre of gravity which aids stability for safe operation.
    • A powerful AC drive motor which gives excellent traction and ramp performance, as well as smooth, quiet, controlled operation, extended shift length and lower maintenance requirements.
    • Convenient extra ground clearance for driving on ramps and loading docks.
    • The choice of two performance modes via the switch key which enhances safety, energy, efficiency and productivity.
    • A foldable driver platform which offers a comfortable ride over longer distances.SBP16N_2S_3

 
These newly designed, state of the art trucks are available in 1,600Kg capacity. For more information on the brand new Mitsubishi AXIA ES Pedestrian Stacker, please contact MLA Holdings on:
131 652
www.mlaholdings.com.au

No rainy days for Mitsubishi; battery electric designed to work indoors and outdoors

This new model comes with a large range of features designed to offer a pleasurable driving combination of maximum safety, durability and versatility to handle any working environment.
One of these features is that the FB-TCB series meets the new IPXS4 Enclosure rating level which means that this truck can take water splashes from all directions and angles. This makes it ideal for operating in light rain; therefore working outdoors is no longer an IC trucks turf.

Other features of the new FB-TCB series are;
Safety:
The FB-TCB also comes with an array of improvements in safety, such as the mast and travel interlock system which disables the travel and hydraulic system when the driver has left their seat unattended. The FB-TCB series also comes with an emergency stop which allows the operator to stop the forklifts operation in the push of a button.
Comfort:
The new FB- TCB series is all about creating the best working conditions for its operators. Another way this is achieved is by the increased legroom. The legroom in this particular machine has been increased by 55mm as well as the rear combination lamps being relocated to the top of the head guard to provide maximum comfort and visibility.

There are now four additional models to the family, three with a larger battery compartment to allow for extended working hours by fitting bigger batteries into the truck, and one with a new 1.6 ton capacity model.
For more information on this truck, contact MLA Holdings:
131MLA
www.mlaholdings.com.au

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