Transport and logistics company GTS Freight Group is installing automated guided vehicles (AGV) in its new warehouse.
GTS Freight Group is a privately-owned full-service logistics company based in Mildura, which operates a nationwide fleet of over 150 prime movers and over 450 trailers. Due to ongoing growth, the GTS Group is constructing a new depot adjacent to its existing facility. This will incorporate a 10,000m2 warehouse, trailer parking for 60 trailers and a new corporate headquarters for the group.
GTS has ordered a turnkey Dematic AGV system to manage its block-stacked full pallet warehouse. The AGV system comprises two counterbalance AGV utilising QR code navigation within block-stack lanes and Dematic’s AGV Warehouse Control Software (WCS) interfaced with Paperless WMS.
“We wanted an efficient and cost-effective warehousing solution that would allow for continued growth and expansion,” said managing director of GTS Damien Matthews. “We have been a long-time customer of Dematic and the turnkey capability was a big plus. Dematic was selected as it has proven to be a continual performer with years of background history and they designed these AGV to perfectly meet our warehouse needs.”
The AGV have been designed to work in a specific area, receiving stock and putting away and picking full pallets, while part-picking is performed manually, as well as all warehouse housekeeping. The AGV have been designed for GTS with a combination of laser guidance and QR code navigation. The QR codes can allow for more accurate navigation within high block-stacked warehouses, allowing the AGV to operate in high-density storage.
“We are implementing two AGV CB-1200-55-S units, with a height of 6.0 metres and a lifting capacity of 1,200 kg,” said southern regional manager AGV at Dematic Greg Carrington. “The efficiencies that the AGV will provide include the ability to continually work after hours and fit the design of the warehouse to help keep those efficiencies at an optimum.”
One of the key benefits of installing the AGV in GTS’s new warehouse is to be able to perform other tasks that need attending to, including stock maintenance and data entry, at the same time that the AGV are performing the picking tasks. The new AGV are due to go live mid-2019.