Ortec announces that its partner RediRack, the UK supplier of pallet racking, has won the UKWA 'Technology and Innovation' Award at the UKWA (The United Kingdom Warehousing Association) luncheon ceremony in London. They were awarded for the development of a revolutionary automated pallet storage, retrieval and sequencing solution. Ortec's software, which is part of the solution, supports warehouse control processes, such as the optimisation of: intake of (frozen) goods, the storage of pallets, the handling of physical issues with pallets/goods and the collection of goods to the trailer.
The solution was invented by Nico van Rijn and developed together with RediTechniX, a division of RediGroup and SPIE Building-Systems. RediTechniX integrated vertical/horizontal transporters, conveyors and shuttles within the RediRack welded system and combined the solution with Ortec's software that links directly into Warehouse Management Systems, allowing for complete control from a single workstation. Pallet throughput is massively increased by the system's ability to deliver the retrieved pallets to the operator in the order they are required to floor level. All this reduces the need for material handling equipment and associated operating costs.
RediGroup's Managing Director Andrew Forsythe is thrilled that the company has achieved this accolade for a product that he believes will revolutionise the industry; "This system is simply superb and the award recognises the work the team here has put in to make it a remarkable solution to our customers' needs," he commented. "The system has been installed with great success for Frederick's Dairies in the North West where it operates at -28ºC within their 4,500m² cold store. By using the RediTechniX/ Ortec solution, we achieved a cost benefit to the customer which amounted to around a 30% saving in the total reduced construction costs against creating a building to house a conventional racking system. In addition, the system delivers a significant on-going operating cost saving, which is certainly something worth having."