Konecranes opts for its own management solution28 October 2015
Konecranes has installed its newest service offering, Agilon, within its own parts operation in the UK.
The manufacturer described Agilon as a patented, "fully-automated and modular intelligent solution" that is designed to deliver added value to the materials management process.
It is achieved, by the "revolutionary way" in which components are managed, stored, picked and replenished, irrespective on end-use application.
Paul Nagy, general manager for Agilon added: "Whilst Agilon has the capability of delivering many operational benefits, the fact that it utilises height is set to be one of its prime drivers.
"Indeed the situation within our own parts operation is a perfect example. Using a 22m x 6m, two-piece system with connecting tunnel that has a height of 5.6m has helped free up more than 30% additional floor space."
With Agilon announced at the end of May 2015, it has already attracted significant attention from a number of leading single and multi-site organisations across many industry sectors, said the manufacturer.
Nagy explained: "Interest in the system has more than exceeded our expectations, and what is particularly pleasing is that this has emanated from a variety of sources, and not just across our existing customer base.
"Not surprisingly, since the Agilon system was installed at Castle Donington, we have used this opportunity to showcase its real potential in totally transforming the materials management process to a number of potential customers with whom we are now in the advanced stages of negotiation."
Its materials management solution comprises a net portal, user access point, a shelving system and one or several robots that travel within the system to pick parts and deliver them quickly and efficiently to one or more service points.
While the user interface shows the availability of parts or components, whilst also displaying an image of the specific part's package that is needed, it can also be supplied with transportation tubes that can be used to connect multiple modular shelf systems, even when located on different floors.
"Whilst supplying the system within a service lease contract not only negates significant initial capital or large-scale investment, it ensures that the customer is guaranteed to receive Agilon system updates on a real-time basis, which future proofs their ability to ensure that ongoing production efficiencies are realised," concluded Paul Nagy.