viastore boosts Americold’s Productivity, Labor Efficiency Featured in Refrigerated and Frozen Foods Magazine

viastore, a leading material handling automation systems and software company, partnered with Americold to better manage the needs of their customer more effectively and with less labor.  David Bridger, Americold’s AS/RS operations manager noted, “Our case picking has been cut by 50%, now that half-pallet picks go directly to shipping; instead of being 38% of the handling work required for that customer, we’re now down to around 18%-19%. Also, our labor efficiency has been increased by 25% mostly due to elimination of handling steps.” 

For inventory control and order/workflow management, viastore’s AS/RS and conveyor control system, viad@t, communicates with Red Prairie warehouse management system, managed by JDA Software Group, Scottsdale, Ariz., on the AS/RS side of the facility (the conventional side runs a legacy AS400 WMS but will be converted in the next WMS conversion wave). 

viad@t directs receipt of pallets through put away to designated storage locations and retrieves pallets to replenish pick locations and fulfill full pallet shipments.

Among the unique features of the AS/RS building, its six aisles are divided into two separate temperature zones. This allows Americold to convert either two or four aisles from freezer to cooler temperatures of 0-34°F (viastore specifically engineered the mechanical and electrical hardware to withstand temperatures as low as -10°F). Temperature changeovers only require an oil change in the motors and reducer drives running the cranes and conveyors. 

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods offers suppliers an integrated and innovative portfolio of products designed to reach key decision makers in plant operations, production, packaging, engineering and logistics. 

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MODEX 2016

viastore systems, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2016 MODEX event April 4-7, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center at Booth #1439. At MODEX, solutions needed to solve tough manufacturing and supply chain challenges, identify best practices, exceed customer demands and gain competitive edge are available. viastore will be presenting a special session titled, “An Incremental Approach to Automation and ROI” on April 5, 2016 from 12:45-1:30 in Theater H.? 

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About viastore systems, Inc. 

For over 40 years,?viastore systems, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore’s focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil. 

viastore, headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI, is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore earned a return spot on Food Logistics’ 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. viastore is a proud member of MHI. ?

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