HMV. September 2010

Warehouse re-configuration and automation

A bespoke redesign of HMV’s picking and packing system to improve efficiency, particularly in peak periods.

Established in 1921 HMV is a leading specialist retailer of music, films, games and technology products accessed in-store and via a range of digital services.

Automation and hardware

Re-configuration of existing system

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Objectives

Design and installation of a new conveyor system

To integrate an existing conveyor system from another warehouse unit

Re-designing the control system to work within the new set-up

Systems delivered

A number of conveyors were installed at specific points throughout the picking and packing process. The conveyor takes the boxes from the carton making machine and transports them to the picking area. At the picking area, ‘pickers’ take the required number of cartons from the conveyor, place them onto pick trolleys and then follow the pick path to manually pick the items and place them in boxes. Once finished they put a pick list in the box and place the complete box onto a low level conveyor.

New control panel and software

Efficient transportation through picking and packing process

Manual handling reduced to minimum and increased efficiency

Siemens S7 Plc incorporated into the control system to improve efficiency

Up to 1200 packages/hr

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HMV Case Study

HMV Case Study

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