Viastore systems to Provide AS/RS to IKEA DC in Savannah

Viastore systems (Grand Rapids, Mich.), an automated material handling and supply chain software provider, was selected by houseware retailer IKEA to provide automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) for its regional DC currently under construction in Savannah, Ga. The company will manufacture and integrate 13 viapal storage/retrieval (S/R) machines to handle a wide assortment of IKEA home furnishing products.

The13) viapal S/R machines will have access to approximately 84,000 pallets of product, each weighing up to 1,875 lbs. In addition, viastore will provide the unit-load pallet handling horizontal transportation system including two (2) high-speed shuttle cars. The controls for the system include PLC controls for the conveyor system, the IPC control for the S/R machines.

“In planning for the Savannah distribution center, we conducted a very thorough search of the industry’s leading material handling companies. We are excited to be working with viastore in the U.S. because they have proven to be a good partner on other IKEA projects around the world,” Said Jim Leddy, IKEA Distribution Services project manager. Construction of the 786,000 sq.-ft. IKEA facility in Savannah is scheduled to be completed by Summer of 2007.

Source: viastore systems

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