ACFS payoff in Dematic logistics makeover

ACFS e-Solutions teams with automated tech provider for cosmetics contract

ACFS payoff in Dematic logistics makeover
Dematic's Zebra MC9200 rugged handheld computer, used in the ACFS project


Automated technology company Dematic reports it has developed an easy tracking solution for warehouses operated by Australian Container Freight Services (ACFS) offshoot ACFS e-Solutions after a new contract required it to handle cosmetics.

Dematic used handheld computing devices, barcode scanners, static label printers, mobile printers and vehicle-mounted computers for forklifts in the warehouses in Pemulwuy, New South Wales, and Derrimut, Victoria.

The company also used other warehouse mobility technologies, as well as facility-wide industrial Wireless LANs (WLAN) via Extreme Networks AP-7522 access points, to keep the new devices online and completely mobile across both sites.

Dematic Real Time Logistics business development manager Brett Orders said the schedule for the warehouse revamp was a tight one, with ACFS needing to have its Pemulwuy facility up and running within just a few weeks.

"With careful planning, both sites are right on schedule, and so far the results have been extremely positive," he says.

The facility in NSW went live in April 2018, and the Victoria facility is due to launch in late June. ACFS also plans to roll out similar systems at other facilities during late 2018.

ACFS eSolutions national operations manager Julien Cade says his company is already seeing improvements in its service levels as a result of the new technologies.

"The real-time information we now have access to has started to open up significant opportunities across Australia," he says.

"I’m delighted with the work that we have done with Dematic in implementing this wide range of equipment, especially given the timeline we needed to work to."


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