Camozzi Automation has opened its new €9m (US$10m) distribution hub in Italy that will increase the company’s efficiency, sustainability and innovation.
With a pneumatic product stock holding that is already among the largest in the UK, Camozzi will now have the added advantage of being able to dispatch additional products from Italy, when required, faster than ever before.
Camozzi Automation managing director Adrian Farnham said, “The new distribution hub complements our multi-million pound UK stock holding and means we can now be even more flexible when it comes to responding to modern buying trends.”
The 5,000m² (53,800ft²) facility has 40,000 locations containing 160,000 items, with the capacity to process 25,000 order lines per day, and is the first plant in Italy to have SSI Schaefer’s Cuby Multishuttle cutting-edge automatic warehouse handling management system installed.
The heart of the system is the warehouse management software, integrated with the company’s SAP enterprise resource planning system. The final solution has been developed both for the purpose of raising the efficiency of the typical processes of a logistics hub and to develop workflows that guide operators in the timely execution of orders according to the specifications of each customer, reducing the risk of error to nearly zero.
The new facility will increase the storage capacity of finished products, with a single shift now capable of handling the same amount of goods as were previously handled over three shifts.
The site is situated in Palazzolo sull’Oglio, a provincial district of Brescia, giving it close proximity to the main freight forwarders, the A4 motorway and Orio al Serio Airport. Centralizing logistics and distribution operations in a single hub also enables shipments to be fully optimized, facilitating daily instead of weekly shipments.