Operation was also easy, and it was possible to introduce it to actual work immediately after introduction. Also, even when loading a certain amount, female employees can lightly carry out transportation work, and we were able to drastically reduce the workload.
Mr. Maoma, Head of business division
01 About Toyotsu Logistics Co., Ltd.
As a core logistics company of the Toyota Tsusho Group, we handle a wide range of logistics operations not only by companies in the group but also by companies outside the group. As a pioneer of 3PL (Third Party Logistics), which is responsible for overall logistics operations, we developed our Supply Chain Management (SCM) system by ourselves, and based on this system we manage and manage all of our customers' logistics departments collectively I will. From receipt of Kanban data to delivery instructions, receipt and departure reports, and order data creation to the manufacturer, we manage and operate logistics information in total, and we offer "fast, cheap, safe, reliable logistics" in a thorough system . In exporting and importing automobile parts manufacturers, we are developing SCM and establishing our own Vender to Vender logistics system. We are promoting small lot, frequent delivery and short delivery time from domestic parts manufacturers to domestic and overseas user bases. Regarding the storage of electronic parts, we have the largest warehouse for electronic parts in Japan.
02 Business Issues
Although we operate a distribution center mainly in the Tokai district, securing and establishing talent for many distribution centers was a challenge. Although we are handling goods receipt, shelf insertion, picking, shipment and shipping of products you received from customers, electronic parts and automobile parts handled at the distribution center are small quantities of many kinds and similar shapes.We manage consistently through the warehouse management system, but there is always a part involved by the workers, and we are considering how to reduce the processes involving people as we go on with labor saving. Also, because there is a limit to the work time, it was a challenge to shorten the overall time and improve efficiency by smoothly moving the products on the premises. To improve productivity per employee, it is important to mechanize and automate the work of workers and to manage logistics centers with a smaller number of people, it is important to improve quality and improve work environment.
03 Reason why CarriRo was chosen
We think that relieving workload of workers in the premises and allocating human resources to sophisticated work processes that persons must engage in , will lead to quality improvement, shortening of working process time, and further improvement of the working environment, we discussed the introduction of equipment to support this movement. At our office, it was difficult to secure a sufficient passage width for AGV, and the flow line was not constant, so we were struggling to select the introduction model, but general purpose with relatively high degree of freedom is the reason to introduce CarriRo interestingly and experimentally. Since CarriRo has almost the same height as the carriage, CarriRo has stable center of gravity and stable running even when cargo is placed, charging time is relatively short. It can be operated almost for a day, even if you use in excessive for unexpected use on busy days,we can charge even during lunch break and can move until the night.
04 Layout External view How to use CarriRo
05 Effect after Introduction
Both the drive mode and the karugamo mode the running basic performance was smoother than expected and the operation was easy, and it was possible to introduce to the actual work immediately after introduction. Also, even when loading a certain amount, female employees could lightly carry out transportation work, and the workload could be drastically reduced. However, we are discussing further improvements with ZMP regarding the issues seen in the following work scenes.
【Test ①】 Shelving in warehouse · Picking operation · At the site where the calibro test was introduced, it is mainly storage of relatively small parts, the space between the shelves is narrow (check → 4. External view of the layout), there are cases where it is impossible to run smoothly in relation to detection of the obstacle sensor. If it becomes possible to finely adjust the obstacle sensor, it can run even in a narrow space, and the range of utilization widens. In addition, if the pedestal on which loads loaded is larger, it is expected to improve the efficiency of transportation, so if there is a larger pedestal type or a type that can customize the base size and shape, diversity will be born and also the range of choice spread.
【Test ②】 Cargo movement between separate warehouses · There is convenience in the Karugamo mode when moving between warehouses (between 1st warehouse No. 4 warehouse), We think that efficiency will improve if you run Karugamo with multiple carriers. Further, in order to effectively utilize the existing basket car, it is also a future study material to improve the transportation efficiency by pulling it by the caliber. · Because outdoor has unevenness of road surface (asphalt) between warehouses, we have devised safety plans to prevent cargo falling at our company, we also consult with manufacturers and are considering countermeasures.
06 Next Deployment
Currently it is introduced at one logistics center, but if improvements in work efficiency, safety, cost effectiveness are demonstrated, we will consider introducing at other distribution centers.Also for various applications,we think that use applications will be expanded more and more if there is any ingenuity that can be combined (customized). In the future we would like to introduce and propose CarriRo to a base that seems to be more effective, and to contribute to quality improvement and efficiency.