Daifuku America Corporation and Qubiqa Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract for Automated Layer-Handling System for Major Food Manufacturer


Farmington Hills, Mich. - Daifuku America Corporation - a subsidiary of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, and leading provider of innovative material handling solutions -announced today that it is working with Qubiqa to provide an automated layer-handling project for a Fortune 500 food manufacturer. The project will feature Daifuku America's Unit load Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) cranes feeding pallets to a Qubiqa Flex-R Layer Picker. The Flex-R Layer Picker then automatically builds customer order pallets. The new system will significantly reduce order fulfillment costs and time.

Thorben Larsen, Qubiqa's Global Product Manager for the Layer Picker says, "the economics and automated layer handling technology are working now more than ever in the North American market. This represents Qubiqa's third rainbow pallet building project in North America with several more on the horizon."

"This automated system represents the perfect marriage of leading edge material handling and control technologies," said Nobo Morita, President of Daifuku America Corporation. "The system handles 600 plus SKUs and reduces the time required to assemble layer and case pick orders by 30%. With its outstanding ROI, we expect our automated layer pick systems will be the wave of the future."

The system includes Daifuku's SAP Warehouse Management System (WMS) Interface, two aisles of Unit Load AS/RS, a robot-mounted Qubiqa Flex-R Layer Picker, an automatic multi-level label application, an integrated stretch wrap system and "Voice Order" system for manual case picking.

About Daifuku America Corporation

Daifuku America Corporation is part of Daifuku Webb Holding Company, a subsidiary of Daifuku Co. Ltd. It provides automated material handling equipment including Automated Storage & Retrieval Systems (AS/RS), Sortation Systems, Conveyor & Transport Systems, and Warehouse Management Solutions and Warehouse Control Software. For more information on Daifuku's products, visit www.daifukuamerica.com.

About Qubiqa

Qubiqa, headquartered in Denmark, is the manufacturer of the Layer Picker. Everyday more than 150 Layer Pickers around the world lift over 1,000,000 cases from a variety of tens of thousands of SKUs.

Contact: Sarah Carlson

Daifuku Webb Marketing Director

248-553-1000 ext. 1311

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