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Syncreon installing Swisslog automation

Newly constructed, automated distribution centre in Carlisle, Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin serving both e-commerce and retail fulfillment operations in June 2018


February 14, 2018
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Autostore robots learn which SKUs are the fastest movers and keep them near the top of the matrix. (Photo: Swisslog)

Mason, Ohio – Swisslog Logistics Automation, provider of warehouse automation and software, will implement AutoStore for contract logistics specialist Syncreon at its newly constructed, automated distribution centre in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

The new facility occupies approximately one million square feet and is scheduled to begin serving both e-commerce and retail fulfillment operations in June 2018.

“We believe that a proven goods-to-person picking solution like AutoStore will be a perfect complement to our more conventional picking operations,” says David Minns, senior vice-president, global procurement, for Syncreon.

“We are particularly attracted to the easy scalability of AutoStore for our future growth. As a global company, we selected Swisslog as our implementation partner because of their strong global footprint and support organization.”

Swisslog is the leading global integrator of the AutoStore system with more than 85 installations. Swisslog’s AutoStore solution combines intelligent SynQ warehouse management software and unique pick stations not offered by other integrators. The system uses robots and bins to quickly process small parts orders. It maximizes space useage thanks to its unique design that enables direct stacking of bins on top of each other and storage of multiple SKUs in a single bin.

Over time, the system automatically learns which products have a higher rotation, storing them on the top layer to ensure faster picking times. The system’s unique redundancy means there is no single point of failure. If one robot breaks down, another takes over its tasks.

“It’s exciting to see this technology really take off in the United States. American companies are rapidly adopting goods-to-person automation and turning to Swisslog because of our vast experience compared to other integrators,” says Markus Schmidt, president Swisslog WDS Americas.

“After installing more than 85 projects, our realization has been perfected to the point that our team can install in short time frames while tailoring solutions that work for our diverse clientele in the E-commerce/retail, consumer goods and production logistics industries.”