Bakehuset sees efficiency and quality increase
Following the successful implementation of the Distrib Put & Pick-to-Light system developed by Pcdata, Norway’s biggest chain of bakeries Bakehuset decided to roll out the system for another five of its factories. The new operating procedure offers both Bakehuset and its clients enormous advantages: efficiency and productivity have risen considerably, the number of errors has been drastically reduced and the organisation is much more flexible than before.
Six days a week, twenty-four hours a day, Bakehuset supplies and distributes anything between 180,000 and 250,000 fresh loafs of bread and an additional 200,000 to 250,000 fresh buns and pastry products to hundreds of thousands of Norwegian customers all over the country from its ten factories. To deal with this massive logistical task as efficiently as possible, the company in introduced Pcdata’s Distrib Put-to-Light system to its factories in Lillesand and Brummundal 2007 and 2008. “As with our other locations, production at those two sites was already highly advanced in terms of automation. However, in terms of logistical procedures they still had to deal with a lot of paperwork. Additionally, the processes were insufficiently structured. There was, in short, definitely room for improvement”, explains manager Roger Nygard.
Due to internal restructuring and other priorities, no assessment of the new system was ever conducted at group level until the beginning of 2012, when the new owner NorgesGruppen decided to examine the performances of the various sites. Subsequent analysis soon revealed that the factories working with Distrib seriously outperformed the others. The implementation of the system was therefore given the highest priority in the investment plans for 2013, and less than a year later Baker had rolled out the system for five of its other sites.
“Prior to those rollouts the responsible managers of the various sites were taken to Brummendaal, where they could observe and analyse the process for themselves”, explains Kim Fagerhoi. Kim is a project manager at Foodtech, Pcdata’s partner for the implementation of paperless order collection systems in the Norwegian baking industry. The rollout of the systems was supervised by Foodtech in close collaboration with project teams of both Bakehuset and Pcdata.