Victoria's South West Healthcare is Automating New Warehouse to Best Serve Vital Health Services Across Region
August 28, 2023
Sydney, Australia - Dematic today announced that it is working in partnership with South West Healthcare, the provider of a comprehensive range of health care services to enhance the quality of life for people in South West Victoria, to automate its new Regional Logistics Distribution Centre (RLDC) in Warrnambool.
The new RLDC, which commenced construction in January 2023, is relocating from its original location at the Warrnambool Base hospital campus to make way for the Victorian Government funded Warrnambool Base Hospital redevelopment project at the existing hospital site that includes freeing up space for vital health services within a brand new multi-storey clinical tower.
The RLDC will provide goods, equipment, linen, and warehousing services to the Warrnambool Base hospital as well as other public health services in the region.
“We provide more than 150 medical, nursing, mental health, allied health and community health services to the 110,000 people who live across the South West of Victoria and in Warrnambool, one of the fastest-growing regional cities in Victoria,” says South West Healthcare. “We are also the region’s largest employer, with 1,996 people working for South West Healthcare across various locations.”
“Our new RLDC will feature a fully equipped, purpose-built linen service and a fully automated centralised warehouse supporting our varied health services – providing clean linen and health service supplies to public health services in the region. Replacing the existing, outdated facility will provide a safer and more contemporary work environment for the South West Healthcare Linen Services and Supply staff members.”
The Dematic automated order fulfilment solution features an AutoStore™ goods-to-person (GTP) system that provides automation technology innovation with a high level of flexibility for future growth.
The Dematic solution requires a minimal footprint, needing up to 80% less space than an equivalent manual racking layout, which requires clear space for forklifts and personnel in aisles. AutoStore bins stack vertically and don’t need clear aisles.
Items required to fulfil orders arrive from the AutoStore storage system to the GTP workstations precisely when they are needed. Operators then build orders at the ergonomically designed, high-rate workstations efficiency and safely.
The system is highly configurable and scalable, with the option to add extra modular storage within the AutoStore grid to accommodate future product growth and storage demands.
The Dematic solution will be integrated into South West Healthcare’s host system with Dematic’s warehouse control system software, providing complete system management and optimisation capabilities.
“Dematic integrates our own equipment with other vendor systems using our own expertise in software and controls, and our strong experience and knowledge in project and integration management,” explains Terry Jamieson, Business Development Manager at Dematic. “This allows us to tailor a wide range of innovative systems to customer-specific business and operational requirements to reduce risk, be cost-effective and create a successful outcome for organisations such as South West Healthcare. Additionally, with the largest service and support network in Australia for materials handling systems, we can ensure that South West Healthcare’s investment is protected over time and that system up-time is significantly improved.”
The new RLDC is due to be completed in late 2023.
Dematic designs, builds, and supports intelligent automated solutions empowering and sustaining the future of commerce for its customers in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution. With research and development engineering centers, manufacturing facilities, and service centers located in more than 26 countries, the Dematic global network of over 10,000 employees has helped achieve successful customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, one of the world’s leading suppliers of industrial trucks and supply chain solutions.
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