Kern and KernPack, both world leaders in their respective fields, have collaborated to bring a truly innovative product to the market place; Intelligence Logistics Packaging Solution (ILPS). This ground breaking solution has been designed to combine state of the art packaging and mailing technologies in a single solution targeted at high volume, complex packaging operations within the home shopping, catalogue and internet retail market sectors where high volume manual labour is currently the only and costly option.
With the ability to provide an end to end packaging process, ILPS is a file based solution that integrates within existing customer WMS software systems to automate the packaging process through the use of automated reading, printing, inserting & packaging systems for the processing of customer orders. The Kern PackFactory software suite ensures that customer orders are processed efficiently with products being read, tracked and matched faultlessly with on-line printed packing notes. Advertising material inserts are automatically selected and added while bagging and matched address labels are applied downstream. Physical packing includes wrapping, addressing and scanning at a rate of up to 2,000 items per hour while the PackFactory software manages the operation with ease while providing various levels of MIS… management information systems reporting.
ILPS combines the latest Kern software expertise with hardware from long time packaging partner Hugo Beck. ILPS has been designed to be user friendly and easy to operate with production being managed with a minimum of just three operators depending on configuration. All system parts have been built to deal with the demands of the high volume production environment where reliable and consistent, 24 x 7 running is considered a pre-requisite.
Pete Jolley, Kern’s general manager, said: “ILPS has the ability to deliver huge benefits to the customers, both in terms of efficiencies and cost-savings. We believe it has the power to revolutionise packaging operations for home shopping & internet retailers, particularly those requiring quick turnaround from order to despatch where high level manual labour is currently the only option. In many scenarios we’d expect customers to experience ROI within 18 months.”