Multipart Supply Chain Solutions is a supply chain management specialist dedicated to providing companies with a complete parts and components logistics service solution. They supply spare parts and components to customers across the automotive, defence and utility sectors in the UK and Ireland.
Multipart opened a 268,000sq ft. distribution centre in Chorley, Lancashire at the cost of £20million. In the planning stages of the facility Multipart had a clear goal to achieve a world class picking system for the critical ‘Small Parts’ area of the distribution centre. As a result Multipart spent a considerable period of time looking at a variety of suppliers to find the right solution and importantly the right partner to deliver this vision; they chose Industore.
The challenge for both Multipart and Industore was to design and implement a world class order picking system that was not only going to increase picking speed and picking accuracy across the board, but also to deliver a system that would be robust and reliable in order to cope with increased workload anticipated by Multipart.
Industore delivered 20 industry leading Hänel Lean-Lifts at a height of 12m grouped together into six separate activity zones; each zone is serviced by a computer controlled conveyor system. Bespoke Industore software is fully integrated with Multipart's ERP system and controls the functions of picking, replenishment and perpetual inventory, passing commands to the conveyor in order to control transactions associated with tote movements in and out of the zones.
The Industore software also organises and co-ordinates picks into totes within the zones and controls all associated paperwork. Each Hänel Lean-Lift was supplied with a label printer to attach labels to picked parts; each label includes details such as customer, route, part description and order number. Upon pick completion, the Industore software automatically notifies Multipart's ERP system to initiate outbound process transactions (despatch paperwork and invoicing).
Commenting on the contract award Mr Keith Dewhurst, Head of Information Services said "We chose Industore after working together with them for almost 12 months. It was clear from the discussions and site visits we made to existing customers of Industore, such as the National Parts Distribution Centre for BMW in Bracknell and Mayflex in Birmingham, that the company had a proven track record for providing fast and reliable, totally integrated parts picking solutions within companies of a similar status and application".
“In addition to the impressive sites we visited, we have been able to work together with the Industore software engineers to provide us with a bespoke software solution that sits well with our existing host system processes and client specific requirements which adds considerable value to our business i.e. the goods to man principle and accuracies by way of a pick to light system in the small parts segment of our business".
"It was felt by our project team that Industore would make a good partner for us in achieving our long term objectives. This was mainly due to the commitment and support given to us by their project management team and Senior Directors".