Fully-automated packing system installed in technical wholesaler’s new facility.
Lasaulec’s central warehouse in Heerenveen, Netherlands has over 150,000 SKUs in stock, from screwdrivers to welding units and everything in-between. Every day, over 2,000 orders leave the building, a number that is rising annually. In order to keep up with the growth, a physical expansion of their current facility was essential.
Anne Lourens, Lasaulec’s managing director says, “Lasaulec has made a serious investment in order to meet the increasing demand and for future growth. In September of this year, our new warehouse was opened and began operation. In total, we have an additional 3,000 square meters of floor space, 24 new Modula cabinets (automated storage systems) and a brand-new CVP Automated Packing Machine to prepare all orders for shipping.”
This packing machine is Neopost’s CVP, a fully-automated solution that packages orders into custom fit-to-size parcels. The employee places the order on the machine and hits ‘go’. Next, a 3D scanner meticulously measures the volume of the order, then automatically a custom-fit box is cut out of cardboard, folded around the order and labeled on the spot. Every 7 seconds, a new parcel without any unnecessary void-fill rolls out of the machine.
In 2014, Lasaulec was one of the first companies in the world to fully automate its packing process with the purchase of the CVP. Marc Aandeweg, Head of Global Sales & Operations at Neopost notes, “When we introduced our fit to size packing machine three years ago, Lasaulec was one of our first customers. It was a machine out of the first batch and since then the CVP has been further developed. For instance, the volume of the smallest box has decreased by as much as 40%. So, we’re thrilled that now, just three years later, we can install this latest generation CVP in the new hall.”
The CVP's reliability and high level of automation played a decisive role in deciding to work with Neopost once again. Anne Lourens: “We’ve been fully satisfied working with the first version of the packing machine and now we’re moving on with the latest technology. With this combination of innovation, automation and efficiency, Lasaulec can process over 3,300 orderlines per hour. This way, we’ll have no trouble whatsoever dealing with the predicted growth in the coming years”.
The machine was delivered and installed mid-November. Here's a peak: