Established in June 1984, ElectroMechanica is a specialist direct importer and wholesale distributor of industrial electrical products, motor control switchgear and electronic automation products.
Working with over 40 high quality brands including Lovato, Finder, Delta, Hager, Socomec and Scame, ElectroMechanica is considered a leader in the market.
The company recently acquired the previous Tarsus South African head office park in Wynberg consisting of several office blocks and a 6200 sq meter (20 400 sq feet) distribution center. This warehouse has become EM’s central DC for receiving all imported shipments. The four ElectroMechanica branches countrywide will in turn draw off stock through supply chain transfers into their fine picking environments for customers’ orders.
What is unique to the DC is two-fold. Firstly, zoned put-away prompts the operator to always put incoming stock into the same category product zones. For example motor control gear will be allocated a zone where as metering products will be located into another zone.
Secondly, area based picking was implemented. The pickslip for the same customer order can be split into three pickslips and picked simultaneously by three different pick operators.
The three areas include the following:
Heavy items on the warehouse floor are picked with a forklift truck.
Fast moving items are picked from the second shelf using trolley jacks.
Slow moving items are picked from racks three and above using a man-up unit.
Although the fast moving shelf is not set-up as a pick face, normal replenishment takes place from the bulk shelves into this area. Additional pallet labelling has also been included which will further assist with ElectroMechanica’s shipments to their branches.
New functionality in V35 now allows for the import of the suppliers barcode which can easily be linked to ElectroMechanica’s stock code allowing for picker scanning of every item during the picking process, thus improving picking accuracy immensely. In this way small boxed items do not need to be labeled using general labelling in WMS, consequently reducing bottlenecks on receipt.
The DC went live at the beginning April 2016 and increasing volumes of shipments have now been routed into this warehouse. Darren Stirrat, Operations Manager and Project Sponsor at ElectroMechanica, commented on the new system: ”We will be able to establish control of our bulk products without having to compromise on space. It has been a great learning curve, and with the aid of the DATASCOPE WMS system we are now in the process of having our systems work for us. Once it has been rolled out to the entire EM Network we will be able to improve our efficiencies and overall customer satisfaction. A great big THANK YOU to all involved in implementing this project!”.
ElectroMechanica is constantly looking for ways to improve customer satisfaction. The implementation of the DC is yet another example of how the company goes the extra mile to increase accuracy, productivity and speed of service to their customers.