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SICK Automation upgrades The RTT Group’s DWS Systems: the new all-in-one track and trace packaging solution

SICK Automation recently upgraded The RTT Group’s Dimensioning, Weighing and Scanning (DWS) systems at the company’s Johannesburg and Durban operations.

The upgrade included replacing SICK’s older-generation DWS system with its DWS Dynamic system that features new technologies to improve measurement accuracy. The new system also makes provision for increased spare parts availability for the logistics company. The next generation DWS Dynamic offers a complete packaged solution by enabling the simultaneous collection of parcel dimensioning, weighing and barcode scanning in one system.

With SICK’s DWS Dynamic, all three components are measured instantly as the parcel travels along RTT’s conveyor systems. The single-source DWS Dynamic solution combines an in-flight weighing conveyor belt, overhead scanners, laser-based volume scanners and image-based barcode readers to capture the size, weight, volume and barcodes of over 1 200 parcels per hour. All data is communicated in real time to RTT’s IT network via a secure network.

“Logistics companies are constantly looking to improve the speed and accuracy of their warehouses and depots, and our DWS systems play an integral role in RTT’s operations,” says Danie Labuschagne, Technical Manager – Factory Automation & Logistics Automation. “The original scanners were installed in 2009 and are still operating to spec. But as the range has been replaced with a newer model, spare parts availability was becoming more difficult. This means that if a DWS system shuts down then RTT’s entire operation is forced into the time-intensive process of manually measuring, weighing and identifying each parcel – so therefore spare parts availability is critical to reduce any possible downtime for the company.”

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In order to minimise disruptions to operations during the installation process, SICK upgraded the two systems on the company’s quieter Monday evenings, which became operational the following evening. The Durban and Johannesburg installations were upgraded in July and August last year respectively.

SICK, with representation throughout the country, has also entered into a Service Level Agreement with RTT to ensure the timeous supply of spare parts and service for the new range of DWS Dynamic systems. This will minimise any potential downtime risks.

SICK is the sole supplier of DWS systems to RTT’s South African operations, with 15 DWS systems installed throughout Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane. The company has already upgraded 13 of RTT’s DWS systems with an additional two upgrades in the pipeline.

In order to minimise disruptions to operations during the installation process, SICK upgraded the two systems on the company’s quieter Monday evenings, which became operational the following evening. The Durban and Johannesburg installations were upgraded in July and August last year respectively.

SICK, with representation throughout the country, has also entered into a Service Level Agreement with RTT to ensure the timeous supply of spare parts and service for the new range of DWS Dynamic systems. This will minimise any potential downtime risks.

SICK is the sole supplier of DWS systems to RTT’s South African operations, with 15 DWS systems installed throughout Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Polokwane. The company has already upgraded 13 of RTT’s DWS systems with an additional two upgrades in the pipeline.

About SICK Automation

SICK is one of the world’s leading producers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications. Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. e. h. Erwin Sick, the company with headquarters in Waldkirch im Breisgau near Freiburg ranks among the technological market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments as well as numerous agencies, SICK maintains a presence around the globe. In the fiscal year 2015, SICK had more than 7400 employees worldwide and achieved Group sales of just under EUR 1.3 billion. Additional information about SICK is available on the Internet at http://www.sickautomation.co.za or by phone on +27 11 472 3733. 

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