Pure-play contract logistics provider GXO has deployed autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) from Lowpad, an international industrial company dedicated to developing, producing and selling high-tech automation solutions for intralogistics, in a major warehouse facility in the Netherlands for a customer in the food and beverage sector.
GXO began working with the undisclosed company two years ago and was tasked with optimising the outbound process at its state-of-the-art facility in Nieuwegein.
The temperature-controlled site, which operates 24/7, needed a solution that would place orders in the right sequence to be loaded onto specific trucks and to be placed on those trucks in the optimal arrangement for unloading at their destinations.
GXO says that the introduction of Lowpads at 16 pick-up points in the outbound process, the first such implementation in the food and beverage industry, brought significant increases in safety, productivity, quality, and cost-effectiveness for the customer.
Luc Laurijssens, GXO’s managing director for Belgium and the Netherlands, said: “GXO’s industry-first collaboration with Lowpad on a custom-designed and engineered automated solution for our customer’s outbound process has significantly improved efficiency.
“By deploying Lowpad AMRs that are fully linked to our Warehouse Management and Electronic Data Interchange systems, we’re enhancing accuracy, efficiency and quality for our customer, while easing the strain of a tight labour market and reducing costs.
“We’re looking forward to applying the success of this installation in the Netherlands to our other warehouses in all sectors.”