Swisslog robots support Cardinal Health warehouse

  • March 27, 2023
  • Steve Rogerson

Swisslog’s robotic fulfilment system and software are supporting Cardinal Health At-Home distribution centre in Ohio.

Swisslog is a Swiss provider of automation and software. Cardinal Health will install Swisslog automation in its new At-Home distribution centre in Grove City, Ohio.

The facility is part of the At-Home business’ multi-year strategy to increase warehouse capacity to accommodate its rapid growth.

The Swisslog AutoStore has 31,844 storage bins providing 2350 cubic metres of storage for 14,154 SKUs. It operates on synchronised intelligence from Swisslog’s SynQ software, which provides warehouse management, material flow and automation control functionality in a single, modular platform that integrates seamlessly with host systems and other warehouse software.

The software is engineered to be the heart and brain of automated warehousing and logistics systems, driving peak performance of AutoStore.

This will be the first Cardinal Health distribution centre to use AutoStore, making warehouse employees’ jobs less physically demanding. Because the robots bring products directly to employees for packing and shipping, they help decrease human error and speed up order fulfilment.

“Working with Swisslog to equip our facility with market-leading robotic automation technology like AutoStore further enhances our ability to quickly and efficiently get critical supplies and products to patients when and where they need it most,” said Rob Schlissberg, president of Cardinal Health At-Home, which is a provider of home medical supplies, supporting patients in the home. “As we work to accommodate the growth we’re seeing as a business, we’re taking critical steps – such as working with Swisslog – to ensure our facilities are modernised and our supply chain is as resilient and strong as possible. Technology like AutoStore is making it easier for us to manage labour shortages and helping us recruit leading technology and supply chain talent to our team, which is critical to our continued success.”

AutoStore claims to be the fastest order fulfilment system per square metre in the market. The system is operated by autonomous robots that move on top of an aluminium cubic grid. Within this grid, storage bins are stacked on top of each other. The robots continuously pick up, rearrange and deliver bins directly to connected ports for order picking and replenishment. Designed to handle any kind of small parts, these high-speed robots are redefining manufacturing, warehousing, retail and distribution operations worldwide.

“Our automation experts are working closely with the Cardinal Health team to continue to put At-Home customers and the patients they serve at the centre of their focus,” said Sean Wallingford, CEO of Swisslog in the Americas. “As the leading integrator of AutoStore, our automation experts understand best how to optimise configurations and deployments to help ensure companies like Cardinal Health realise operational objectives and achieve the needed RoI.”

Swisslog has 370 AutoStore projects in more than 26 countries, featuring over nine million storage bins and using over 13,000 robots. Applications range from micro-fulfilment centres to stand-alone projects and larger, fully integrated offerings.

Swisslog is part of the KukaA Group, a supplier of intelligent automation with more than 14,000 employees worldwide.

Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data products for health care facilities. It has more than 50 years in business, operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 46,500 employees globally.