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GTS picks Dematic automatic vehicles for warehouse

Steve Rogerson
February 6, 2019



Australian full-service logistics company GTS Freight Group is installing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) from US supply chain technology firm Dematic in its new warehouse.
 
GTS is a privately owned company that operates a nation-wide fleet of more than 150 prime movers and over 450 trailers. Due to on-going growth, the GTS Group is constructing a depot adjacent to its existing facility. This will incorporate a 10,000m2 warehouse, trailer parking for 60 trailers and a new corporate headquarters for the group.
 
GTS selected a turnkey Dematic AGV system to manage its block stacked full pallet warehouse. The AGV system comprises two counterbalance AGVs using QR code navigation within block stack lanes and Dematic’s AGV warehouse control software interfaced with a paperless warehouse management system.
 
“We wanted an efficient and cost-effective warehousing solution that would allow for continued growth and expansion,” said Damien Matthews, managing director of GTS. “We have been a long-time customer of Dematic and the turnkey capability was a big plus. Dematic was selected as they have proven to be a continual performer with years of background history and they designed these AGVs to perfectly meet our warehouse needs.”
 
The AGVs have been designed to work in a specific area, receiving stock, and putting away and picking full pallets, while part picking is performed manually, as well as all warehouse housekeeping. The AGVs have been designed for GTS with a combination of laser guidance and QR code navigation. The QR codes can allow for more accurate navigation within high block stacked warehouses, allowing the AGVs to operate in high-density storage.
 
“We are implementing two AGV CB-1200-55-S units, with a height of 6.0 metres and a lifting capacity of 1200kg,” said Greg Carrington, southern regional manager at Dematic. “The efficiencies that the AGVs will provide include the ability to continually work after hours and fit the design of the warehouse to help keep those efficiencies at an optimum.”
 
One of the benefits of installing the AGVs in GTS’s warehouse is to be able to perform other tasks that need attending to, including stock maintenance and data entry, at the same time the AGVs are performing the picking tasks. The AGVs are due to go live mid-2019. 
 
Based in Mildura, north-west Victoria, GTS is a privately owned business that has grown from humble beginnings in 1980 to become one of the largest wine and beverage transport distributors nationwide.