Case Study #2
Advance Business Graphics Updates Pick and Pack
Pick and Pack shipping
stations for Advanced Business Graphics were dramatically improved utilizing
conveyor and inline semi-automatic taping machine and ergonomic pack
About Advance Business Graphics
Advance Business Graphics (ABG) is a world-class
literature and digital fulfillment company providing value-added print and
information management solutions in the corporate, medical, industrial,
financial, communications and government markets. The company's capabilities
include integration of document and print management, literature fulfillment
and distribution services, with e-commerce applications, inventory and
warehouse management, billing and mailing services, production of labels,
business forms, business cards, and full color and on-demand printing.
ABG (originally Advance Business Forms) was founded in
1955 and incorporated in 1957, meeting customers' needs in the area of
business forms and document systems. The company was renamed Advance
Business Graphics in 1991 . As a solutions provider, Advance Business
Graphics enables customers to have total control of the information process,
from creation to delivery.
ABG's newly installed system results in superior customer service levels,
which translates into a competitive advantages. Among those advantages are:
- Faster throughput throughout the warehouse, resulting in reduced labor
- Increased capability in shipping area, relieving congestion during
This newly installed system consists of:
- Custom fabricated work stations tailored to ABG's specific ergonomic
- Direct Conveyor paths to manifest stations resulting in zero pressure
- Custom-automated hands free feed conveyor integrated with semi
- Order staging downstream of taper for palletization.
"Our shipping department has
cleared valuable floor space. Orders that would be staged awaiting pack out
now flow through without congestion. The system is operating just as
planned," says Dave Dalgleish, director of Logistics for ABG.
The Field Engineering Study
ABG started the process with a Field Engineering
Study. The Field Engineering Study begins with thorough research and careful
collection of data on how materials move through the facility - from the
receiving dock to shipping. We take the data collected, and run computer
analysis on material throughput, concentrating on critical paths and
changing customer demands. We then develop a plan together, presenting all
available options to help streamline operations, improve accuracy, and
increase profitability. In the case of ABG, we produced a concise 23 page
report and 10 engineering blueprints documenting the current workflow and
plans for future improvement.
"The Field Engineering Study was very very well written
and concise" said Bill Paxton, VP Operations (Retired) for ABG. "It was
extremely worthwhile". The first result of this study is the new Pick and
Pack installation shown here.
Material Handling Automation