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InsulWall Is Invata’s (Blood) Type

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Beth Brown No Comments

We are pleased to present this case study from Invata Intralogistics regarding their use of InsulWall®.  Invata is a leader in the design, implementation, and life cycle of warehouse automation systems. 

Invata was responsible for the design and build-out of a 145,000 square foot distribution center facility in Tennessee for a global leader in blood management solutions. The facility was designed to handle processing of everything from an individual carton of blood bags to an entire pallet of consumable products and machinery. 

InsulWall was used to create a 28,000 sq. ft. temperature-controlled area within the warehouse, providing R6 insulation while saving on construction cost.

 

The following is an excerpt from Invata Intralogistics, Distribution Center Best Practices at Work case study.  To read the full case study, click here.

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Situation

Prior to the creation of this facility, this Invata client utilized several distribution facilities located in areas either adjacent to manufacturing plants or in 3PL’s around the country. Having concluded it would be advantageous to bring their distribution operation under one roof, the company decided to move their operations to a larger facility.  The questions were how large a facility would the new operation require, and what kind of systems would best satisfy the needs of the combined operations?

Processes had to be designed for receiving, put away, replenishment, order selection, and outbound shipping. In addition, whatever distribution center best practices were put in place in the facility had to be compatible with the capabilities of the ERP/WMS system already in use within the company and be compliant with the lot control/serialization methodology utilized in the company’s storage and order selection strategies. The company also wanted to minimize labor requirements wherever possible in the distribution center operation.

A key requirement of the new system was to find ways to store goods in an efficient and highly accessible manner.  That meant dealing with numerous high volume items that would be received in large serialization lots and dealing with lower volume items, such as machines, which were individually serialized.  All products would need to be accessible at any time. Other requirements included products that could not be stacked as well as products that would require a temperature-controlled environment.

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Opportunity

Before a determination could be made on how big the new facility needed to be, a consensus had to reached on which distribution center best practices would be followed, including the kind of storage systems, inventory handling methods, climate control measures, and security measures that would be used in the facility. 

Once consensus was reached, Invata was given data on existing sales and inventory levels as well as a list of the company’ s objectives for the new operation. These objectives included:

  • Minimizing reliance on labor where cost justifiable.
  • Providing temperature-controlled storage for temperature sensitive inventory items.
  • Maintaining first-expiration-first-out (FEFO) processing for all lot controlled items.
  • Designing the facility to accommodate inventory presently at outlying facilities.

The data was validated, and Invata began the analytics process that would be used to developed a prototype design of the new facility.

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Curtain Wall for Temperature Controlled Storage

This company has a number of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products that require a temperature-controlled area to protect them from exposure to the Tennessee heat.

Since the distribution facility is housed in a leased space, Invata recommended the installation of insulated curtain walls, InsulWall, to create a temperature-controlled warehouse within the warehouse.  In doing so, Invata enabled its client to avoid costly, time consuming construction of new walls that could not to be relocated, were business needs to change.  Invata selected provide InsulWall with an R6 insulation value needed to keep the product well within its temperature storage requirements, while also providing a Class A fire rating.

Products in the climate-controlled area inside the curtain wall are stored in pallet racks. These accommodate the low-lot quantities and non-stackable characteristics of the temperature sensitive products.

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Results of Implementation

The distribution center best practices that Invata designed into this client’s 145,000 square foot warehouse has enabled the company to accommodate its complete portfolio of devices and consumables under one roof, while maintaining strict quality control standards, adhering to FEFO processing standards, and complying with a lot control/serialization methodology used in order selection.  It has enabled products to be handled according to physical characteristics, storage temperature requirements, lot release date, and overall inventory level, and minimize the labor required to fulfill orders.

The distribution center facility was completed and delivered on schedule, and the success of Invata’s distribution center best practices has allowed the company to close its legacy distribution facilities.

 

For more information on Invata Logistics, visit their website, www.invata.com  For the full text of this case study, click here.

For more information on InsulWall, contact Kristine Grudis at kgrudis@randallmfg.com or 800-323-7424 ext. 4207

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