Linfox – Master Planning Warehouse Design and Operations With Ease
April 4, 2016
After extensive research into the available software technologies specialising in the design and assessment of complex operations, Linfox, Asia Pacific’s largest privately owned supply chain solutions provider, acquired CLASS. Previously, the Company had used AutoCAD and relied on the assumptions and expertise of its Design & Demand Management Team but Linfox wished to enhance its competitive edge in tendering for new business. In the first 3 months following the introduction of CLASS, the team applied it to eight newbuild warehouse projects across Australia, China, India and Indo-China, delivering layout and operational solutions for some 275,000 sq metres of warehousing space. Linfox have continued to use CLASS extensively for warehouse design projects in their Australia, China and India offices.
Design Time Halved
While the projects and customer requirements have varied, Linfox’s experience of the benefits delivered by CLASS has remained constant. In particular, the tool has enabled the team to be more creative and, because the complexity of the underlying technology is balanced with accessibility in terms of ease-of-use, the time taken to successfully design a warehouse has been reduced by some 50 per cent.This has left Linfox with more time to test its assumptions and provide customers with the most professional response involving a range of thoroughly assessed options for layout.
Improved Customer Communications
CLASS has allowed Linfox to provide certain services that previously it could not. Chief amongst these is the three dimensional visualisation of facilities and fly-through simulations that bring to life the proposed warehouse environment and demonstrate the operational dynamics in a way that two-dimensional images simply
In sharing CLASS visualisations with customers, Linfox has been able to engage them in an interactive process an d work with them to identify and assess the interdependencies of warehouse layout, staff allocation and MHE utilisation in achieving optimum throughput.
Better Results More Easily
The benefits of being able to design, re-design and test layout options in a virtual computer environment have proved considerable while, through simulation, Linfox has learnt to think differently about the organisation of labour and equipment.
By displaying graphically – in a way that spreadsheet models do not – areas of the warehouse where the team may have allocated too much or too little resource, CLASS has helped Linfox justify its operational proposals to new clients. All substantial benefits and, significantly, delivered by a product that does not assume the user has extensive knowledge of warehousing across a complete range of industries and, in Linfox’s experience, has proved much easier and more flexible to use than traditional static design tools.