Kardex Vertical Lift Module Streamlines Operations at Bristol Hose

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Bristol Hose experiences unparalleled efficiency and precision with the integration of Kardex Shuttles and the Power Pick System.

Bristol Hose experiences unparalleled efficiency and precision with the integration of Kardex Shuttles and the Power Pick System.

Elevating Efficiency and Precision with the Kardex Shuttle

In an era where efficiency and space optimization are paramount for distribution centers, the Kardex Shuttle emerges as a revolutionary solution. Designed to maximize storage within a minimal footprint, the Kardex Shuttle offers unparalleled precision and speed in parts retrieval, making it an indispensable asset for warehouses aiming to elevate their operational efficiency.

The Power of Integration: Kardex Shuttle with Kardex Power Pick System

The integration of the Kardex Shuttle with the Kardex Power Pick System inventory management software represents a significant leap forward in warehouse management technology. This synergy allows for an increase in labor productivity, 85% savings in floor space, and near perfect order accuracy. For Bristol Hose, a specialized distributor of fittings and connectors, this integration was the key to unlocking their warehouse's full potential.

Bristol Hose's Transformation Journey

Facing the Challenge

Bristol Hose, nestled in Melrose Park, IL, and distinguished as one of only three certified Parker Hannifin distributors in the greater Chicago area, found itself at a crossroads. The increasing volume of orders and the rising inventory demanded a solution that could streamline their operations without sacrificing their commitment to customer service and quality parts distribution.

Implementing the Kardex Solution

The transition to a new 65,000 ft² facility presented Bristol Hose with the perfect opportunity to embrace automation. By integrating three Kardex Shuttles with the Kardex Power Pick System, Bristol Hose was not just adapting to growth but redefining its approach to inventory management and order fulfillment.

Reaping Unprecedented Benefits

  • Labor Efficiency Amplified: The implementation of the Kardex Shuttles transformed Bristol Hose's workforce into a model of efficiency, allowing staff to complete picking tasks ahead of schedule and engage in value-added activities.
  • Space Utilization Mastered: By consolidating the majority of their inventory into the Kardex Shuttles occupying merely 1,200 ft², Bristol Hose achieved a dramatic reduction in required floor space, paving the way for a more organized and productive warehouse layout.
  • Accuracy in Every Order: The precision offered by the Kardex Shuttles and Kardex Power Pick System significantly minimized picking errors, ensuring that customers receive the right parts every time, thereby enhancing customer satisfaction and trust.

The Operational Blueprint

At the heart of Bristol Hose's operational excellence is the streamlined process facilitated by the Kardex Shuttles. Orders are seamlessly integrated from the ERP system to the Kardex Power Pick System software, directing the VLMs to present the required parts efficiently. This process not only simplifies the picking operation but also makes it possible for new hires to become productive members of the team from day one, overcoming language barriers and reducing the learning curve dramatically.

Strategically Designed for Optimal Flow

The thoughtful placement of Kardex Shuttles within the warehouse has created a logical and efficient workflow. From receiving to shipping, every step is optimized for speed and accuracy. This strategic layout, combined with the significant space savings, has enabled Bristol Hose to navigate the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic by maintaining a robust inventory and outperforming competitors in supply chain resilience.

Embracing the Future with Kardex

Bristol Hose's decision to automate with Kardex Remstar Shuttles has positioned them as a leader in the FCG distribution market. Beyond the immediate benefits of increased productivity, space savings, and accuracy, Bristol Hose has laid the foundation for sustainable growth and continued excellence in customer service. As they look to the future, the flexibility and scalability offered by the Kardex system ensure that Bristol Hose is well-equipped to meet the evolving demands of the industry while staying true to their family-owned and operated values.
In an industry that is rapidly evolving, Bristol Hose's integration of Kardex Shuttles stands as a testament to the power of innovative solutions in overcoming operational challenges and setting new standards for efficiency and accuracy in parts distribution.