Brødrene A&O Johansen save 60-80% on their internal logistics
Handles 40 pallets per hour
Allocates employees for other tasks
Improved production flow
Greater focus on safety
At Brødrene A&O Johansen, it used to be the employees who had to spend time on pallet handling – a time-consuming and strenuous task.
Today, 3 AGVs have taken over the numerous pallet movements in the company. 2 AGVs operate in the high-bay warehouse, removing approximately 40 pallets per hour. With a shift of 16 hours a day, A&O can allocate resources to other tasks. In the return department, the last AGV works side by side with an employee, complementing their workflow.
Brødrene A&O Johansen A/S has witnessed an impressive optimisation of their internal logistics and daily manual handling of 800 pallets. They can allocate their employees to other, more value-adding tasks, and the AGVs now handle 60-80% of all their simple A to B pallet transports.
Saves 60-80% on their internal logistics
With an investment in three automated guided vehicles (AGVs), the construction goods wholesaler, Brødrene A&O Johansen A/S in Albertslund (Denmark), have experienced an impressive optimisation of their internal logistics and daily manual handling of 800 pallets using trucks or pallet lifts. The automation of the simple transportation of pallets means that employees can allocate resources to other more value-adding tasks.
As the employees no longer have to spend their time on basic pallet handling, the Danish-owned company has achieved savings and improved the work environment and production flow for their 130+ logistics employees in the warehouse. One AGV picks up and brings pallet cargo from the miniloader in the returns department and onto the warehouse, while the other two AGVs help in the high-rise warehouse, where they pick up and take goods between different collection points on the ground level, saving the manned forklift trucks the long journeys.
“As we handle an average of 800 pallets per day, we needed to optimise our pallet flow at ground level, and the new AGVs have already been a huge help. The two AGVs that operate in the high-rise warehouse get through around 40 pallets per hour, and with a shift of 16 hours per day, we have had the opportunity to allocate resources to other tasks. In the returns department, the final AGV works side by side with the man we have down there, and it really helps with his workflow,”
explains Christian Bødker Forsberg, Logistics Director at Brødrene A&O Johansen A/S.
Easy and safe pallet handling with Global AGV
What used to be a gruelling and time-consuming task for their employees has now been solved in collaboration with the new Global AGVs from BILA A/S. The AGVs already handle 60–80% of all their simple A to B pallet transports, which has proven to be a big win for the company and their employees. It was also important for Bødker Forsberg that the employees welcomed the new working capacity, without feeling replaced by the technology of the future:
“For me, it’s important that my employees are happy to come to work, and now they no longer have to move pallets around from A to B themselves, there’s clearly renewed job satisfaction. They have really taken to the new AGVs and have embraced the new automatic solutions since day one.”
Improved internal logistics with more AGV'er in sight
By automating their pallet conveying system, Brødrene A&O Johansen have achieved an extra and unexpected gain. Global AGVs have made their employees more aware of the overall internal traffic to and from the different departments. Bødker Forsberg comments on how:
“The AGVs have contributed to a greater safety focus than expected. Besides the fact that the product is safe in itself, internal driving has improved overall. Our team are now safer both when they move around and when operating the machines, as they pay more attention to the traffic around the workplace.”
With the support of the employees, whose workflow has gotten lighter, Brødrene A&O Johansen A/S, who already have 50 stores in Denmark, five in Sweden plus one in Estonia, can see the future for further investments in Global AGVs:
“I have always said that automation is the way forward, which is why we’ve chosen to automate our pallet handling. It’s no secret that we’re already considering investing in more Global AGVs.”
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