Finnish beverage and brewing company Olvi, founded in 1878, relies on Cimcorp's warehouse control system (WCS) to handle all intralogistics within its distribution centre in Iisalmi, Finland.
Goods are mainly produced at the brewery and then automatically transferred to the high-bay warehouse for storage, picking, and dispatching.
The standard delivery time from production to the customer’s premises is 48 hours. This is fixed in the everyday routine of the logistics department.
High Quality With Warehouse Control Software
In 2014, Olvi implemented Cimcorp's intralogistics system. It encompasses all the different areas for storage and order-picking and manages the flow of inventory from the reception to the dispatch of goods.
Integrating seamlessly with the sales system M3, the WCS receives all the pertinent data from its host system.
As a first step, product information, orders, and their deadlines are transferred from M3 to WCS. The data for product registration is automatically retrieved from the conveyor system.
In the logistics centre, operators move pallets to the order-picking areas according to a predetermined schedule.
A voice-directed picking system can be used, if required, to receive instructions regarding order lines and their locations in the dispatch areas.
A combination of automated tray picking and manual picking is used to pick most orders, with any products that cannot be picked automatically added to the pallets.
With the high-bay warehouse, conveyors, and order-picking robots, Olvi can pick 97% of its orders automatically.
In the next step, the goods are shrink-wrapped and moved to the shipping area.
Whenever a delivery is ready, it is loaded and delivered to the next link in the chain.
At that point, WCS sends the order accomplishment information to the sales system for reporting and invoicing.
Real-Time Monitoring System
Olvi implemented Cimcorp’s WCS to eliminate bottlenecks and improve efficiency.
The system has about 20 users, and for them, monitoring in real-time is one of the biggest benefits. It also allows better forecasting and evaluation.
A high degree of automation and innovation is a hallmark of Olvi’s distribution centre compared to most of its European competitors.