Axiom has completed the commissioning of phase 1 of the cross-docking cell equipped with a SICK DWS in Chicago. The Axiom cross-docking cell equipped with DWS has been designed to handle 6000 packages per hour across a wide range of types and sizes, from Jiffy bags through to boxes. The DWS (dimension; weigh & scan) cell from SICK (UK) Ltd enables each package to be checked against customer entered data and logged to the system and customers’ database.
After 3-days of initial commissioning, the cell has been handed over to the customer for controlled ramp-up and final debugging. Currently running off two of the three inducts, the cell has been achieving the targeted throughputs with total daily volumes >21000 packages already achieved.
The cell comprises 55 separate conveyors from across the Axiom’s range, including ZLP, belt and MBC merge sections. In phase II, the cell will be equipped with two of Axiom’s Sliding Shoe Sorters . The first sorter will categorise packages deemed as exceptions (out of size; no-barcode read; contain dangerous goods etc.) down 4-diverts. The second, the final courier sorter, with 12-diverts, double-sided, to classify the packages by outbound courier selection.
The cross-docking cell is a prime example of an Axiom material handling system incorporating many of the key attributes of the companies’ offering; conveyors, merge, control, third-party equipment integration and data-handling and communication with the customers’ cloud based systems through API’s. The cross-docking cell control utilises Siemens plc equipped with Siemens VSD’s (variable speed drives or inverters), all connected via profinet networking allowing remote access to each of the drives parameters. With the secure VPN connection, remote support and continual process improvements can be efficiently offered.
Why Axiom GB Ltd?
Axiom are a family business based in Tamworth, Staffordshire, UK. The company has 25-years of experience as a leading supplier of material handling automation solutions across a range of industries, but specialising in the supply of systems for logistics, warehousing and fulfilment applications. The combination of conveyors, sorting systems, control and data handling provides turnkey projects for many well-known companies.
By reviewing each project on its own merits, Axiom strives to provide the optimum solution to exceed the base requirements of the automation.