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Case Study #2

Advance Business Graphics Updates Pick and Pack Facilities

Pick and Pack shipping stations for Advanced Business Graphics were dramatically improved utilizing conveyor and inline semi-automatic taping machine and ergonomic pack stations.

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 costs.
  • Increased capability in shipping area, relieving congestion during peaks

  This newly installed system consists of:

  • Custom fabricated work stations tailored to ABG's specific ergonomic requirements
  • Direct Conveyor paths to manifest stations resulting in zero pressure accumulation 
  • Custom-automated hands free feed conveyor integrated with semi automatic taper
  • 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.

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