Olympus launches supply chain automation in its largest logistics facility in Japan posting huge efficiency gainsRobotic systems nearly double maximum shipment capacity, slashing manual workload 40%, realizing quick and stable supply to the market

January 29, 2021

Olympus Corporation (Director, Representative Executive Officer, President and CEO: Yasuo Takeuchi), announced today the phased introduction of supply chain automation in one of its global largest logistics facilities located in Japan (managed by its subsidiary, Olympus Logitex Co., Ltd.―Representative Executive Officer and President: Haruo Hino) to enable the expedient and stable supply of healthcare and scientific products to the market.

Olympus Logitex, which handles global distribution of approximately 8,200 products for Olympus, will automate order picking and shipment sorting operations for approximately 3,000 products out of 8,200, such as single-use medical devices and scientific products. This automation, which is supported by the robotic storage system, bucket automated warehouse system, and automated delivery sorting system, boosts maximum shipment capacity by approximately 1.8 times*the previous level. Manual workload will be reduced by approximately 40%*, freeing some time for personnel to conduct other tasks to further boost productivity.

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