Bentley automates parts retrieval

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Car maker Bentley has boosted picking efficiency and improved inventory control with an automated storage and retrieval system at its Crewe manufacturing plant.

Parts were previously housed within the central warehouse at Crewe, but space was at a premium so Bentley decided to move parts into a purpose-built facility elsewhere on the site. Market Harborough-based TGW Logistics fitted out the new area with an automated storage and retrieval system. The system includes five automated storage and retrieval (ASR) machines to service five aisles of warehousing and 60,800 storage locations. The five 9-metre high Mustang mini-load ASR machines have rigid masts and telescopic handlers that can reach 'double deep' into the rack, maximising the use of space. Energy efficient and with a lightweight construction, the Mustang can achieve high acceleration and travel speeds without a top drive, which reduces the power requirement and lowers operating costs. An automated conveyor system takes the parts to workstations where they are presented in an optimised position for manual packing. This network of conveyors also links the goods receiving and product conditioning workstations to the automated storage system. All the equipment is controlled using TGW's warehouse management system. The installation has given Bentley improved pick accuracy and better inventory control. By making optimal use of the space within the footprint of the building, the solution has also delivered substantial operational efficiencies and cost savings.