Belgian wholesaler Lambrechts expands logistics automation
Lambrechts has decided to fulfill its warehouse automation with hardware and software from Consafe Logistics since this company implemented its WMS Astro in Lambrechts’ warehouse in the Belgian city of Genk.
The reason is that with Lambrechts the experience is that all internal logistics processes are strongly improved with the new approach.
The 12,000 square meters in the Lambrechts warehouse in Genk stores a great number of sanitary items like taps, kitchen sinks, radiators, boilers, saunas etc. Currently there are about 9,000 different stock-items sold from the in total about 120,000 items in stock.
The wholesale company undergoes a strong growth which already lead to the need of improved warehouse management. Lambrechts choose the Consafe Logistics’ WMS Astro as its new management supporting software.
Now the company wants to make a next step and asked Consafe Logistics to implement all necessary automation solutions for further optimization of the warehouse efficiency. ”Therefore we will implement a so called Wireless LAN, a local wireless data communication network in this warehouse”, Sales Manager Mr. Ronald Schepers of the Dutch office of Consafe Logistics in Oudenbosch says. To this WLAN as well handheld terminals as truck mounted ones will be connected.
”The handheld terminals are supplied with a keyboard, a display and an in build barcode scanner plus a RFDC radio module. The truck mounted terminals have a small keyboard and a wired barcode scanner for long distance scanning from shelf racks and bar codes on items or packages”, Mr. Schepers explains. Of course the truck mounted terminals also communicate with the WLAN, which is a so called RFDC network, a radio frequency data communication network of the Spread Spectrum type. The handhelds and Access Points for the WLAN are manufactured by Symbol/Motorola and made suitable for Lambrechts by Consafe Logistics own programmers. The truck mounted terminals are manufactured by Consafe Logistics and known as TraffiCom. They also get the correct interfaces and software.
”Every truck and every ‘foot’ employee gets also a small handheld label printer from Imaje, supplied by us with software and interfaces”, Mr. Schepers fulfills his explanation. With this printer the Lambrechts’ warehouse employees can print new labels at any location for the shelves as well for the separate items. Also delivery labels can be print for in between priority delivery orders.