OCAP competitiveness in the global aftermarket world has been enhanced through the realization of an impressive logistic centre in Oglianico, which is dedicated to orders management, distribution operations, customers’ training and assistance.
The supplying of the newly constituted business unit is organized through a sophisticated Materials Requirements Planning system, which ensures an adequate replenishment of the warehouse in order to avoid over stocks and low stocks. It is based on historical parameters and provisional forecasts.
The different areas destined to the operations of goods receiving , orders and shipping preparation at the picking bays are organized around the real heart of the centre, the vertical automatized warehouse. It contains all the finished parts, with the exception of “oversized” parts that cannot be stocked into standard loading units because of their dimensions and are therefore placed in dedicated mapped areas.
The order of the customer enters directly a phase of substantial analysis, once its validity and formal correctness are verified. After calculating the percentage of fill, the order is processed; the system automatically sends the loading units stocked in the warehouse to one of the four picking bays which has been chosen to prepare the order. When the loading unit arrives, the bay operator takes out the requested quantity and places it in the shipment parcel. Once ready, the parcel enters the automatized warehouse through a bay which also straps and wraps up the parcels; it will leave the warehouse only after a system request, and will be addressed to one of the six shipment bays placed in front of the loading areas at the back of the logistic centre.
Seen from the inside, the automatized warehouse, where around 18.000 loading units (maximum capacity 2 tonnes) are stocked, is really impressive and offers images that could be almost defined as “artistic”, even by eyes which are not normally touched by the hidden fascination of logistics. Its dimensions speak out for themselves: with an height of 27 metres, a length of 113 metres and a width of 22 metres, the structure can host 20.000 loading units which are moved by five S/R machines.