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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ardo Automates New Facilities With IBS

Ardo, a family-owned producer, packager and distributor of frozen vegetables, fruit, pasta and rice, recently merged with Dujardin Foods Group. As a result, Ardo operates 20 production, packing and distribution units in eight European countries, and employs more than 3,800 people. The company produces and sells in excess of 805,000 tons of food worldwide, with an estimated consolidated turnover of €815 million.

As a result of the merger, the company's warehouse management system (WMS) needed updating and automation. The primary objective would be to integrate with Ardo’s cold store refrigeration system, streamline business processes to facilitate accurate, on-time order fulfillment, and reduce ongoing manual labor and cost. IBS was selected and the implementation team worked closely with Ardo management to ensure a strict timeline was maintained through regular, ongoing communication and accurate level-setting. The IBS Dynaman system was integrated with Ardo’s ERP system, as well as the Savoye warehouse control system, Datapolis SCADA system, Transwide transportation planning and communication software, and Easyform document management system to ensure a cohesive, efficient operation.

As the project unfolded, specialized functional requirements were exposed, including specific schedulers for box picking and label requirements, among others. The IBS team customized solutions to accommodate these special cases and support seamless, end-to-end performance.

By summer of 2014, the IBS Dynaman solution was up and running. The newly installed WMS effectively verifies that the correct pallets are distributed to the correct trucks by optically verifying the labels on the pallets. The Dynaman system has reduced the number of distribution errors by eliminating much of the manual labor, where each worker had a unique way of doing things using Excel spreadsheets. Inconsistencies and errors have been reduced by more than 90 percent.

To read more about the IBS implementation at Ardo, as well as additional case studies and whitepapers, visit the IBS Newsroom.

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