RM Resources consolidates warehouses and rolls-out Swisslog automation

RM Educational Resources has selected Swisslog to fit-out a new automated distribution centre in in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire.

RM – which provides education resources for early years, primary schools and secondary schools – will use Swisslog’s Tornado Miniload cranes to consolidate its warehouse operations in the UK, which is currently spread across four different sites.

Monique Louis, Managing Director at RM Resources, said: “We are delighted to be progressing with our plans to consolidate our warehouse portfolio, which will deliver a number of efficiencies across the business as we move to one automated site.  We chose Swisslog because of their proven technology, and the quality of their engagement and look forward to working closely with them in the future.”

Swisslog’s work on the site in East Midlands will commence in March 2021 and is due to complete at the start of 2022, allowing RM Resources to work on the curriculum line before the following school year.

Transportation throughout the warehouse will be facilitated by Swisslog’s QuickMove conveyor. Goods will be conveyed to the automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), provided by a seven aisle Swisslog Tornado miniload system. The ASRS will store cartons or totes double deep providing dense and rapidly accessible storage.

Meanwhile the Tornado system feeds ergonomic goods-to-person stations, each allowing up to six open orders to be picked at a time – increasing the hit rate and order fulfilment time, as well as reducing throughput requirement in the system. With a single level pick-to layout, each goods-to-person station will use one-touch fulfilment.

“Using the one-touch fulfilment concept, only one manual touch is required per order,” says Swisslog UK’s Head of Sales,Shane Faulkner. “It is becoming more and more commonplace in the market, particularly for e-commerce due to the speed and efficiency it provides in delivering to the end customer.”

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