Cleveland Brothers Caterpillar consulted Boston Industrial for facility design, development of storage requirements, and parts slotting for their new 85,000sf Parts Distribution Center in State College, PA. The DC, while supporting a large cross-dock and customer-facing retail store, mainly services 30 branches throughout 78 Mid-Atlantic counties.
This state-of-the-art facility incorporates a myriad of technologies such as Put-to-Light, Pick-n-Pass Conveyance, and Warehouse Management / Control Systems. BI’s involvement incorporated a multi-phased approach:
- Master Planning, which focused on right-sizing the facility, and developing efficient and automated operational processes, pick technology and storage / handling equipment to work in accord with the new WMS.
- The next phase focused on developing detailed layouts, specifications, warehouse storage and delivery processes to meet the physical demands of the Parts Depot. Vendor bidding and selection of equipment suppliers was also included in this phase by developing a detailed process and specifications for the WMS to meet the expected operational efficiencies defined in the Master Plan.
- The final phase consisted of coordinating equipment installation, relocating systems, software, slotting and all other physical operations to the new facility to meet and exceed the operation expectations stated in the Master Plan. Software coordination, process refinement, testing assistance, training, and total project coordination of all parties were the main objectives to assure timeline, budget and performance expectations were met for a smooth start up.