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Cimcorp to implement warehouse automation in Olvi brewery

Increased capacity and boosted efficiency

Olvi, a Finnish beverage company

Olvi plc, a Finnish beverage company, has commissioned Cimcorp to design and implement an extensive automation system to boost efficiency of their dispatch operations

Olvi, who manufactures beers, ciders, long drinks and soft drinks, such as Angry Birds, Hello Kitty and HeviSaurus, is investing in new warehouse technology to increase their warehousing capacity and order picking efficiency. Olvi has awarded Cimcorp the contract to supply the high-bay warehouse, conveyor systems and order picking systems. Cimcorp’s Multi- Pick robots will automatically pick all drinks delivered on trays. The manual picking will be voice-controlled.

The whole dispatch area – warehousing, material flow and order picking – will be managed by Cimcorp’s WCS (Warehouse Control Software), which takes care of the products all the way from the production machines to the shipping dock. Also the already installed Cimcorp’s order picking robots will be integrated into the system and controlled by the same software.

The automation system, which will start operation during 2014, is based on Cimcorp’s MultiPick order processing concept. It takes care of goods reception, put-away, location of stored items, retrieval planning, picking of crates, sorting and preparation of crates into discrete orders as well as loading of the orders onto transport units ready for delivery.

“Our target is to increase the warehouse capacity and to boost the picking efficiency, because we are diversifying our product range according to our mission to be a versatile beverage company. We are so delighted with the robotic order picking system previously supplied by Cimcorp that we want to continue the co-operation with them,” states Marjatta Rissanen, Customer Service and Administrative Director of Olvi plc.

TEXT: PAULA OVASKAINEN PHOTO: OLVI

Olvi plc is a Finnish beverage company, which wants to offer beverage enjoyment and positive experiences for its consumers. Olvi has already produced beverages for over 130 years in Iisalmi. Currently the company operates locally in Finland, Belarus and the Baltic states. Agility, flexibility and a certain “Olviness”, which is appreciated by the stakeholders, are characteristic to the operation of Olvi.