Less storage space, more efficient deliveries
Dieta Oy, one of Finland’s leading suppliers of complete professional kitchens, helps its customers thrive. When service needs arise, fast spare part deliveries contribute to achieving this goal.
Dieta Service’s main warehouse in Helsinki holds an assortment of over 6,000 original spare part items, which are delivered to various locations in Finland within 24 hours if needed. The extensive assortment ensures successful and fast service actions.
The company had to find a new solution for its spare parts storage after its after-sales operations grew strongly. “We needed more office space for our after-sales operations and more workshop space but had to stay within the same walls. A traditional spare parts shelving solution would take up significantly more floor space in the warehouse and would not enable us to utilise room height,” says After-Sales Director Jyri Lankinen.
Additionally, as customers today require faster spare part deliveries, there was more pressure on improving the company’s operational efficiency.
Spare parts fast and easily available in Agilon
In spring 2017, Dieta placed an order for a Konecranes Agilon material handling and management system featuring one robot and two access stations.
Whereas the spare parts storage earlier occupied 168 square metres of floor space, Agilon now takes up only 39.6 square metres plus some floor space around the access stations. This leaves 100 square metres of space to be used for other purposes. The savings equals 100 m2 x Helsinki area rent/m2/month. In spring 2019, the system was extended by 25 per cent to its present size of 12 metres in width and 5.6 metres in height.
The space where the spare parts are stored houses Dieta’s outlet, too. Now Agilon provides a neat and professional look in the room where customers can do their shopping.
Agilon is integrated into Dieta’s enterprise resource planning system and currently holds about 4,500 spare part items.
Real-time balance, good work ergonomics
Agilon makes collecting spare parts more efficient: there is no longer any need to walk around in the warehouse to search for them. You can check the balance at the portal or the access station in no time. When Dieta’s service staff needs spare parts, they are always available in the warehouse without any waiting time.
As Agilon pre-picks parts and brings them close to the access station doors, picking and deliveries are faster. Additionally, while Agilon is picking a product, other spare parts can be packed and labelled at the same time. According to Lankinen, picking parts with Agilon saves a significant amount of time per day.
Incoming parts are shelved in Agilon through one access station. Stock upkeep and re-arrangement are now easier, as there is no need to separately plan shelf locations for new products. “Earlier our shelves were organised according to our principals but making space for products from our new principals or new models from our present principals was a problem,” Lankinen describes. It has been estimated that the time that Dieta now saves monthly in stock upkeep and re-arrangement equals one worker’s day.
In the Helsinki metropolitan region, the availability of spare parts for service visits is faster, since service representatives and on-call subcontractors can now pick up parts from the system without any help from Dieta’s spare parts staff.
The system has made occupational instructions and guidance, as well as working easier and faster, also for new and temporary employees.
A major drop in the inventory need
Information about any person who has removed a spare part from or put one into Agilon is registered into the system, contributing to correct real-time balances and avoidance of sudden critical spare part shortages. Inventory need has decreased. Only large parts that do not fit into Agilon need to be inventoried. Earlier, it took four people one weekend to do inventory, whereas now it takes three people less than one day.
User safety and ergonomics have improved as the ergonomic access stations have removed the need to reach up for high shelves or crouch to reach low shelves. Additionally, parts that are seldom used no longer collect dust.