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Texas Instruments installs industry-first AutoStore in Singapore centre

Caroline Ng | June 5, 2013
Singapore’s logistic industry today gets a lift with an industry-first AutoStore installation by a semiconductor company in Asia.

Texas Instruments Inc. (TI) has become the first semiconductor company to install AutoStore, an inventory management system, in its Singapore centre.

The new installation in the Product Distribution Centre (PDC) marks the first-of-its-kind in Asia.

Called AutoStore, the automated warehouse system enhances productivity through a high-speed goods-to-person picking station, up to a rate of 1,000 picks per hour.

Incorporating a high density storage, the system is said to reduce the amount of space traditionally required for inventory by up to 60 percent.

With an easy-to-adapt modular design, the installation for grid expansion is straightforward without having to interrupt existing operations.

Jan De Meulder, director of worldwide logistics at TI, said its customers will reap the benefits of the AutoStore system, including increased storage and shipping capabilities.

"This innovative warehouse automation system will make more inventory readily available to our customers in Asia and improve the efficiency and reliability of our shipments," he said.

TI partners DHL and Swisslog
TI has started ramping the newly automated PDC with its logistics supplier, DHL and Swisslog this week with its fruition coming into production by September this year.

Kelvin Wong, executive director of Singapore Economic Development Board, said this initiative would strengthen Singapore's position as a leading global logistic hub.

"This investment demonstrates how companies can deploy material handling solutions to significantly increase efficiency and productivity, enhance competitiveness and upskill the jobs in the logistics operations," he said.

Swisslog will design and implement AutoStore while DHL will provide contract logistics support at TI's PDC in Singapore.

The integrated design aims to support years of growth in Singapore through the ability to quadruple product storage within the same footprint.


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