Modula automatic storage systems for the agriculture industry

11/09/2020

Rethinking the warehouse to better serve customers

Consumption of food and gross domestic product are directly proportional, in fact the richer a country is, the more food its inhabitants consume.
Considering the expected increase in the world’s population (today we are at 7 billion, in 2050 we will be at about 9 billion!) we arrive at a striking forecast: in 40 years we will need 100% more food than we do today.
How can such a significant demand be met? There are two possible options: increasing the amount of arable land or increasing the yield of the arable land already used.
Whatever the solution, the future of agriculture is in the hands of producers, distributors, suppliers and retailers of agricultural products, who will need to expand storage capacities, reduce inefficiencies and improve the speed and responsiveness of the handling process.
Continuing to use traditional storage methods based on manual processes is not a sustainable solution in the long run, while choosing Modula’s automatic vertical storage systems is certainly a winning solution.

Why switch to a Modula automatic storage system?

The Modula vertical storage systems work like giant vending machines: the product to be picked is selected via an intuitive Copilot console and the system delivers the tray with the goods directly to the bay at the operator's reach. All in less than 30 seconds!
When the system is associated with the Modula WMS warehouse management software, the goods are always under control and tracked, improving the management of physical flows. Companies have full control of incoming goods in the acceptance, storage, order preparation and shipping phases, whether to final customers or to other departments for further processing.

How important is efficient picking in a warehouse?

Anyone involved in the handling of parts knows that during the critical periods of sowing and harvesting the requests for spare parts increase dramatically and it becomes very important to process orders as quickly as possible.
For example, for a company that produces spare parts for agricultural vehicles picking and delivering the wrong item to the customer can negatively affect production: the repair will be delayed until the correct part is delivered.
The delay is not only costly for the farmer, who has a tight schedule, but also damages the reputation of the spare parts supplier.

Romana Diesel: How to manage the spare parts department with Modula

Romana Diesel is the largest Iveco dealership in the world. The company also sells spare parts for the people and goods transportation sector, as well as for the agriculture and earth moving sectors. Romana Diesel stocks over 12,000 different items with an average stock of about 70,000 pieces.
Before the arrival of the Modula vertical storage systems, the warehouse in Rome was based on a three-level mezzanine structure, for a total of 1,800 square meters. The processes followed the logic of the old spare parts warehouse: static locations identified by progressive numbers for each type of item. Picking times were very high, with only one entry and exit gate with frequent congestion problems. The operators still used pen and paper to check the material.
The Rome HUB begun its upgrading process with the arrival of 10 Modula automated storage systems. In the past, the operators had to go up and down 3 flights of stairs, looking for parts along endless corridors to prepare deliveries.
Today, with Modula, it is the part that goes to the bay in just a few seconds. In addition, thanks to visual aids such as the alphanumeric LED bar and the laser pointer, parts are easily identified and orders prepared much faster. With Modula, in fact, a single operator can perform 120 picking operations per hour: fewer resources involved for quick and safe order preparation.

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