Handling solutions for kitchen & furniture manufacturers
As a manufacturer of kitchens or furniture, you aim for a regulated flow of goods, and consolidating a customer order at the end of the line right before shipping is key. Your products are voluminous and heavy, thus transport and sorting solutions must be able to handle larger sizes while your products remain free of damage. In the process of kitchen & furniture handling, multiple phases can be distinguished.
Kitchen & furniture is often made to order or produced in batches. Besides the in-house produced products, you most likely have a stream of incoming goods as wire-mesh containers, dishwashers and other kitchen appliances. The process of sorting all items towards the right shipping gate begins at the infeed into the sorting solution. Traditionally there are two different locations for infeeds.
The first one is right after the production lines where the product is placed on a modular belt conveyor. The products are heavy and voluminous, larger cabinets can be top-heavy. The speed and transitions from one conveyor to another must be consistent and smooth, securing the stability of the product.
The second logical position for an infeed is at the gate for incoming goods. Loss of efficiency caused by the delivery of incomplete kitchens at the end consumer, with an unsuccessful installation as a result, can be avoided by securing order completeness at the end of the line. Dishwashers, additional kitchen appliances and other parts are often delivered in wire-mesh containers, at the gate for incoming goods. These goods enter the infrastructure of conveyors and are directed to the right shipping gate, completing the customer’s order at the end of the line.
In order to keep track of your products and consolidate the customers’ order at the end of the line, we always apply “tracking technology” throughout process. This results in real-life information on the exact location of all products while directing them to the consolidation area. VanRiet delivers semi- or full-automatic identification, weighing and volume-scanning equipment with every intralogistic solution. We only integrate A-brand identification equipment, ensuring minimal “no-read” levels and optimal sortation quality and efficiency.
The most complex and dynamic phase in the process is the actual sortation towards the right shipping gate. Sorting kitchen & furniture is one thing, doing it with high efficiency and without causing any damage to the product is another. Since the early beginning, VanRiet has worked on efficient sortation of difficult products, and in recent years, our linear sorting solutions have proven to be leading in the industry. For heavy products (> 50kg) we have developed the Auto Sorter, based on the Sliding Shoe Sorter technique. A strategic fit for manufacturers or distributors of kitchen and/or furniture, the Auto Sorter delivers the customer’s order at the correct shipping gate.
At the shipping gate all focus goes out to the consolidation of the order. Products from multiple production lines and kitchen appliances will arrive at the exact same shipping gate that functions as the last resort before the order enters the truck and is shipped to the customer.