A. Perry Ltd, the UK’s largest supplier and manufacturer of hinges and ironmongery, will now be able to process orders more than four times quicker after investing seven figures in new automation technology. The £1.2m investment in picking robots has been implemented to cope with the significant rise in demand seen by A. Perry in the first quarter of 2021; and enables the company to vastly reduce day-to-day operational costs and make more efficient use of floor space, allowing for future expansion of stock volume held on site and variety of products on offer without the need to relocate.

The Cradley Heath-based firm worked with OW Robotics to install 15 fully automated robots and 330 moveable pods in its 5,000 sq. ft warehouse. The installation took just six weeks to install, calibrate and set into action.

The Q7 Hikrobots have a weight capacity of 1000kg and provide rapid access to 4,000 picking locations containing 15,000 product lines while only requiring two packing stations to complete customer orders. Chris Perry, Operations Director from A. Perry said: “Due to our unique position in the marketplace and significant investments within our supply chain, our stockholding has been considerably better than most of our direct competition, which has resulted in a substantial rise in demand. In the first quarter of 2021 we have seen a 60% increase in orders and to be able to efficiently facilitate these, this investment in automation has been essential to be able to keep on top of our customer’s expectations.

“We’ve been in business for over 95 years but we’re always looking ahead to new innovations, and this could not have been implemented at a more crucial time. We have invested a significant sum of money, but the automation drives our business forward and will enable us to remain the biggest, most innovative supplier in our field for years to come.”

For more information about A Perry., please visit www.perrytrade.co.uk. And for to find out more about OW Robotics, go to: www.owrobotics.co.uk.

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