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Belimo Increases Warehouse Productivity and Order Fulfillment by More Than 30%

Warehouse pickers leverage ASRS, machine learning, and shipping solutions integrated with SAP ERP

by Pierce Owen, VP, Research, SAPinsider

February 12, 2020

Warehouse automation

This research brief examines how Belimo has integrated its automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS), AI-enabled tracks, shipping solutions, and automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) with its SAP ERP system to increase productivity in the warehouse. To learn more about its experience with intelligent technologies, SAPinsider recently interviewed Kumar Prashant, SAP Solutions Architect for Belimo Americas, which is a manufacturer of motor controls for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

To fulfill customer orders, Belimo must often pick items simultaneously from different locations within its warehouses. Before implementing its ASRS, employees were manually picking items in a somewhat chaotic manner.

Belimo's managers knew they had to automate warehouse operations in a way that integrated with its SAP ERP system. Therefore, they chose an ASRS, AI-based applications, a shipping integration solution, and connected AGVs that could do exactly that.

As a result of all the integrated and automated solutions, an order-picking process that used to take 20 minutes now takes 2 minutes. "Our total customer deliveries and shipments have spiked with a 30%-40% increase in productivity, which led us to expand our workforce by 22%," said Prashant.

The full research brief explains how Belimo maximized the value of  their warehouse automation solutions and increased productivity.



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