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New order picking system into operation at Olvi

May 13, 2005 Cimcorp Headquarter

Cimcorp’s MultiPick robots handle now the order picking of drinks delivered both in plastic crates and in dollies at Olvi’s brewery in Iisalmi, Finland.

Every year, around 100 million litres of drinks of various kinds leave Olvi – the third largest brewery and soft drinks company in Finland – for retailers and restaurants. Up until now the order picking of products to be sent to customers has been done 100% manually at Olvi’s Iisalmi brewery, which has meant a large number of employees in the brewery dispatch department and a lot of forklift traffic. Now this task is handled by six Cimcorp MultiPick order picking robots, which came into operation in April. 

Automated order picking enables more flexible delivery times and a larger product range

An automated order picking system answers the logistical challenges of Olvi’s brewery in many ways. It can adapt to variations in the amount of deliveries and provides flexibility. At best, the delivery time for orders can be halved and delivery rounds doubled.

Cimcorp’s order picking system enables delivery even within 24 hours and several days a week. Another advantage is that order picking can now be done in principle even in a cool and unlit space, which is beneficial for the products themselves in terms of quality.

Maximum benefit can be gained from an automated order picking system when the product range is extended. The more products the brewery has, the greater the risk of error. Automated order picking minimizes errors. In the order picking area now in operation at Olvi, many more different products can send out than with a conventional manual picking area of the same size. 

New application: order picking of dollies

The MultiPick gripper is applied at Olvi for the first time to order picking of products delivered in dollies. The application to the new product type has been trouble-free.

‘The MultiPick system is remarkably reliable in operation. The application of the MultiPick gripper – originally developed for order picking of plastic crates – to order picking of drinks delivered in dollies has been a success’, Olvi’s warehouse manager Hannu Fränti admits. 

More information about Olvi project.

Cimcorp’s MultiPick order picking system increases the pallet efficiency at Olvi