West Midlands based A Perry invests £1.2M in picking robots

A Perry

There is no doubt about how technology has changed businesses over the past decade. 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.

How investment will help the business?

The company has invested £1.2m in picking robots to cope with the significant rise in demand seen by A. Perry in the first quarter of 2021. It enables the company to vastly reduce day-to-day operational costs and make more efficient use of floor space. The technology will allow future expansion of stock volume held on site and variety of products on offer without the need to relocate.

Increasing operational effectiveness with robotic automation

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. With the automated robots implementation, the company achieved the new success of 98% of the order delivery on the next day.

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.”

Greg Downey, Robotics Business Consultant at OW Robotics agrees that A. Perry’s robotics implementation will have a significant long-term impact on its order throughput. He said: “Right now, all businesses that operate a warehouse are faced with the difficulties of accessing stock through the supply chain, rising shipping and freight costs and also the shortage of stable labour, and these issues all result in slowing picking rates and fulfilment. Online demand for products right across all industries, including the trade, has skyrocketed in the last twelve months and that trend is expected to continue.”

“That’s why A. Perry has made this investment in a robotics solution at the right time. Flexible automation is going to be key to businesses who realise the warehouse is central to their success. Hour-to-hour Perry’s implementation will enable it to increase picking rates by almost up to four times – in the long-term this will mean the business can process significantly more orders to boost sales and revenue.”

“Demand continues to increase and Perry has put itself in a great position to be able to scale its warehouse operation to suit peak times and its customers’ needs.”

Family owned business touching heights

A Perry is a family owned and run company established in 1925 by Arthur Perry, starting out by making steel Gutter Brackets and Hinges.

After years of growth and acquisitions, 2017 has seen us move from our 50,000 square foot premises to over 90,000 square feet factory, warehouse and office space across more than 5 acres of land. With over 80 staff and still manufacturing products including all special Threaded Bar, A Perry is now the largest supplier and manufacturer of Hinges, Ironmongery, Chain and Threaded Bar in the UK, supplying customers around Europe and the world.