An AutoStore solution empowered by Swisslog will be installed at Cardinal Health’s Ohio distribution centre (DC) to improve the efficiency of the pharmaceutical supplies manufacturer and distributor’s logistical operations.
The solution has 31,844 storage bins providing 83,000ft³ of storage for 14,154 stock keeping units (SKUs).
According to Swisslog, it operates on synchronised intelligence from Swisslog’s SynQ software, which provides warehouse management, material flow and automation control system functionality in a single modular platform that can be integrated seamlessly with host systems and other warehouse software.
Sean Wallingford, president and chief executive of Swisslog Americas, said: “Our automation experts are working closely with the Cardinal Health team to design a solution that will continue to put at-Home Solutions customers and the patients they serve at the centre of their focus.”
AutoStore systems work using autonomous robots that move on top of an aluminium cubic grid, within which storage bins are stacked on top of each other. The robots continuously pick up, rearrange and deliver bins directly to connected ports for order picking and replenishment.
Rob Schlissberg, president of Cardinal Health at-Home Solutions, said: “Working with Swisslog to equip our facility with market-leading robotic automation technology like AutoStore further enhances our ability to quickly and efficiently get critical supplies and products to patients when and where they need it most.
“As we work to accommodate the growth we’re seeing as a business, we’re taking critical steps – such as working with Swisslog – to ensure our facilities are modernised and our supply chain is as resilient and strong as possible.
“Technology like AutoStore is making it easier for us to manage labour shortages and helping us recruit leading technology and supply chain talent to our team, which is critical to our continued success.”
Cardinal Health’s new home solutions DC in Grove City, Ohio will be the first Cardinal Health DC to feature an AutoStore system.
Swisslog (Stand i504) and AutoStore (i400) will both be at the co-located Robotics and Automation and IntraLogisteX on 28-29 March 2023 at the NEC Birmingham. For more information, visit www.roboticsandautomation.co.uk or www.intralogistex.co.uk.