LAC Conveyors & Automation were approached by Hermes, the parcel delivery company, to supply a parcel conveying system that could be integrated with an existing system and increase throughput.
Hermes has grown rapidly over recent years and the myHermes brand has increased its operations and reach since its start-up in 2009.
With many years of experience across a broad spectrum of industries, LAC Conveyors & Automation have an enviable reputation for delivering conveying and automation solutions including parcel conveying systems.
Hermes approached LAC to help them with their goal to significantly increase the throughput and secondary sort of parcels in their distribution centres and integrate the parcel conveying system into existing systems.
A parcel conveying system was designed that utilised a range of LACs standard conveyors but was tailored to Hermes requirements including:
- Powered roller conveyors
- Gate conveyors
- Bend conveyors
- Belt conveyors
- Incline/decline conveyors
- Controls system
L-A-C provided a full turnkey solution by exploiting their standard range of conveyors which were modified to fit the customer’s site requirements into a parcel conveying system.
Prior to installation, Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) was provided.
The system is controlled by a LAC designed and built control cabinet programmed to meet site requirements.
- A bespoke configuration of standard conveyors minimising overall costs.
- Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT).
- Safety features “designed in” to protect operators.
- Site install of over 60m of the new conveying system within 36 hours minimising disruption to business requirements.
- Integrating the new conveying system with an existing system.
- Control panel designed and built for the system.
- An Initial installation was done on one test site to prove tight turnaround requirement prior to being rolled out over six more depots.
LAC Conveyors and Automation were able to deliver the integrated conveying system across seven sites, six of which were done over consecutive weekends ensuring the minimum amount of impact on Hermes existing work requirements. The system sailed through the peak periods of Black Friday and Christmas including the inevitable returns and easily delivered the 25% increase of throughput required by Hermes.
“All at LAC have done us proud they have worked their socks off to deliver in the timescales requested. Hermes engineering are proud to be working with these guys could not of asked for a better team” – Hermes
Under the Hermes brand, a wide range of specialized companies operates all along the retail value chain, supplying comprehensive logistical services to meet global demands. Whether for businesses or consumers, domestically or internationally, on your doorstep or in e-commerce, over 15,500 highly trained employees work towards a single goal: fully dedicated with all of our experience for our client’s success and an easier everyday life.
It begins with sourcing, all around the world. This is followed by product testing and quality assurance. Hermes also offers sea and air transport logistics. Beyond that, the development and operation of online shops. Our portfolio also features comprehensive fulfilment services, including warehousing and returns management. Rounding it all off is the distribution of all shipment types to end customers.
Who we are: Founded in 1992, LAC Conveyors & Automation are a leading UK supplier who’ve been successfully supplying conveyor systems, belt conveyors, roller conveyors, automation, and robotic solutions to the UK’s blue-chip industry. Located in Bulwell, Nottingham, LAC are known for their outstanding customer service, continual support, flexibility, and bespoke service. With a full in-house service team, and an engineering team who’ve worked together over 20 years, LAC covers all aspects of control system design, build and associated software, and ongoing support.
What we do: LAC has a wealth of experience supplying conveyor systems and robotic solutions to a range of industries including automotive, aerospace, food and beverage, heavy engineering, and logistics. LAC design, assemble, incorporate testing, and deliver with training and after-sales support for a smooth handover. With an in-house mechanical design team, project managers, and engineers, all the builds are undertaken on the five-unit 60,000 sq. ft premises.