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Commissioned May 2005

The Customer
A major third party logistics company was employed to distribute retail merchandise to over 225-store locations with-in Ontario and to two other distribution centers in Canada. The customer had indicated there were 1200 cartons per hour to be handled, scanned, sorted and palletized. The customer also required a secondary system to transport re-stock orders that were picked and packaged from their on-site stock. The customers’ future growth dictated that there were to be another 50 store locations required within the next 2-3 years. The customer was moving into a new 180,000 Sq. Ft facility and had a strict start-up date.


The Challenge
The challenge was to design, supply and install a new conveyor system capable of processing their present and future distribution requirements. The equipment had to be rugged enough to take the daily beating of personnel dropping product onto it and quite enough that the system would not echo through-out the large, open facility. We were to transport the in-coming products right from the in-bound staging area, scan it and sort the individual cartons down the appropriate palletizing lane. A secondary induction lane had to be incorporated to handle additional stock being packaged from within the warehouse. The customer had requested a controls system that can be upgraded and improved as their requirements changed. System start-up was not to be late.


The Solution
We designed a cross-dock sortation system that fit into their designated production area. We supplied a re-enforced slider bed main induction line built for the constant pounding of 50 LBS boxes being dropped onto it. New line shaft take away line made up the secondary induction line. We installed quiet bearings on all rollers to ensure a whisper quiet operation.


We used a powered live roller merge, electronically controlled, to induct the secondary line onto the main system. We supplied new meter and scan belts to gap the in-coming boxes and scan three sides of each box. The scanners read the store location and relayed that information to the PLC. We installed a Hi-Speed Narrow Belt Wheel Sorter. This fast, quiet sorter can sort boxes at a rate of 30 per minute. The sorted boxes traveled down gravity run out lanes to an awaiting worker that placed the box onto its pallet.


Results
After using the system for 4 months, the customer reports a 45% increase in product flow per worker. They then implemented a new procedure in the main staging area and increased the product flow another 15% per worker. Seeing the system’s ability and the quick returns, the customer is upgrading their other sites to match this one.

Commissioned October 2005

The Customer
A major third party logistics company employed to distribute retail merchandise throughout Alberta and the west coast of Canada. We had installed a manual cross-dock system years earlier. This system proved to be effective for the rates they were handling. Over the next few years, their customer’s growth was exponential thus their existing system became overwhelmed. With the boom happening in the Calgary area, labor rates were skyrocketing and costs were getting out of hand.


The Challenge
The challenge was to design, supply and install a new conveyor system capable of processing their present and future distribution requirements. We had just supplied and commissioned a new system for their Ontario location that proved to be very successful. We were tasked to mirror this system using as much of their existing equipment as possible.


The Solution
We designed a cross-dock sortation system that fit into their designated production area. We supplied a re-enforced Slider Bed Main Induction Line built for the constant pounding of 50 Lbs boxes being dropped onto it. New line shaft take away line made up the secondary induction line. We installed quiet bearings on all rollers to ensure a whisper quiet operation. We used a powered live roller merge, electronically controlled, to induct the secondary line onto the main system. We supplied new meter and scan belts to gap the incoming boxes and scan three sides of each box. The scanners read the store location and relayed that information to the PLC. We installed a hi-speed narrow belt wheel sorter. This fast, quiet sorter can sort boxes at a rate of 30 per minute. The sorted boxes traveled down gravity run out lanes to an awaiting worker that placed the box onto its pallet.


Results
After using the system for 4 months, the customer reports a 45% increase in product flow per worker. They then implemented a new procedure in the main staging area and increased the product flow another 15% per worker. Seeing the system’s ability and the quick returns, the customer is upgrading their other sites to match this one.


Update 2008
This system was relocated to a new facility. Wecon was asked to remove, relocate and re-install the system. We asked for 12 days and completed the entire move in 8. There were some minor changes due to the new facility layout but the modular design allowed us to make these changes without requiring any new equipment.

Commissioned August 1999

The Customer
With the opening of many new retail outlets in Canada, Payless Shoes looked to implement a new cross dock/ re-packing system. Their product came from the manufactures readied for an American market. All their products had to be prepared for Canadian sale. Every truck had to be off loaded, the products had to be re-labeled and then put back into their original shipping carton, then sorted to a palletizing lane for retail disbursement.


The Challenge
Design a system to accumulate and stage in-coming product right off the trucks. Have it pre-sort cases to accommodate a language requirement for Quebec based locations. Allow enough room to accommodate up to 50 processing stations for de-stuffing and re-labeling of each product box. Design a trash system to efficiently take all the stuffing and tags away. Provide a reliable sorter to deliver each box to a palletizing lane. Design and supply a controls package and scanning system that can track each box and count it against a manifest. The system interface had to be simple to operate and add, move or remove store locations as required. We were to integrate the customer’s existing conveyor equipment as well as provide new to complete this project.


The Solution
We supplied flexible conveyor truck un-loaders in the receiving area that led onto an accumulation line. This line fed a scanner station that pre-sorted the Quebec bound product to a processing area equipped with bilingual tags and added-value material. We designed the systems flow to allow for 50 processing tables each with worker access. The primary sorter ensured that each processing lane was full of product to keep all the workers busy. The trash that was generated from each workbench was put onto an overhead belt conveyor and conveyed to an outdoor trash bin. The processed product was put onto a main take away line and transported to another accumulation conveyor. This allowed for product to back up in the event of a sorter full or jam condition. We supplied an Omni directional scanner to read each bar code and used the information embedded in each code to sort each box down the required lane for manual palletizing. We provided a panel view programmed to allow a supervisor to add, move or remove a store location from or to any lane. This provides them growth potential and the ability to control their own inventory and locations.


The Results
After the system was commissioned, Payless had a rather large increase in the amounts of cases processed in one day. We have, since then, extended the palletizing lanes to accommodate the increase in store locations.

Commissioned February 2004

The Customer
Transcontinental is known for their high level printing capabilities. They have been printing various magazines and newspapers for many years. The Interweb division prints “The Globe and Mail”, “The New York Times” and many southern Ontario publications. Newspaper presses are set to print the early addition late at night and the daily distribution of those papers cannot be delayed or stopped. Their existing conveyor system was old and very inefficient. Papers were damaged due to line jams and bundles falling off the line. The system only allowed them to load four delivery trucks at a time. There was no reliable system in place to count the numbers of bundles leaving the plant. Overages were normal. Controlling the system involved a panel with push buttons installed in the main control tower. Communications between insert lines and the control tower was accomplished with hand signals or bullhorns. The workers managed to produce the daily copy through an incredible ballet of chaos and manual intervention.


The Challenge
Supply and install a new, state of the art system without delaying or stopping nightly production. Have a system capable of loading up to 10 delivery trucks, communicate to each inserter line and manage truck flow in and out of the yard. Have the entire system controlled from a desktop computer and provide accountability and production reports. Supply conveyor equipment capable of transporting and sorting news print bundles quickly and efficiently to the waiting trucks. Develop a bundle tracking system to handle multiple orders and bundle types from random insert line to random loading doors.


The Solution
We designed a system that would be installed right over the existing system. The workers used the existing system as we install the new one overhead. We installed a mezzanine over the existing inserters to maximize floor space. We installed a new automated bundle induction system that will manage the order and spacing of every single bundle. Then, we supplied a belt transportation system that will move the papers at a high speed to keep up with demand. Next, we supplied a new 12 lane narrow belt sorter to distribute the required bundle to the proper door. Finally, we designed the system that will not jam or damage the product and provided truck driver key in stations at each loading door. Once a driver entered their code, the system would automatically bring up their order and start producing it. By the time the drive was parked and had their door open, the first few bundles are already waiting for them. We installed counters to account for every bundle leaving the building and installed electronic banners at each delivery door that provides a running count for the driver and lets them know the type and number of product they received. The control tower was outfitted with a touch screen control station. The controller could call up any door or any inserter from that location. Nightly manifests and reports are all routed through this system, at the end of each run the system would print out the complete report for analysis.


Results
The new bundle distribution system has vastly improved their nightly ability to process their product. They reduced the time to complete the nightly production by up to 1 hour. That is a huge labor saving for them. They have more control and better accountability making their customers happy with the results. The new touch screen control station was a huge hit and the operators’ love using it, its made their lives easier.

Commissioned December 2008

The Customer
Ash City’s remarkable growth over the last decade dictated the construction of a new design build Distribution Center allowing the consolidation of multiple DC’s into one, making inventory, order fulfillment, and shipping receiving operations easier to control. The final design consisted of a facility of 200,000 square feet with a 30-foot high clear ceiling in Richmond Hill, Ontario.


The Challenge
The challenge was to install a DC system to house a single selective racking system of over 16,000 pallet positions, a three level picking tower with another 12,000 plus picking slots, and material handling system in the new facility all while the base business continued to operate seamless to the outside world.


The Solution
The only way to make this all happen in a timely fashion was to work very closely with both Ash City and the construction company planning weeks ahead making sure everything was installed in the correct sequence and according to the project schedule. Receiving of the major components of equipment had to take place before the floor was even poured in the DC. Creative thinking had to be applied in order to take advantage of cost savings for rapidly increasing steel costs. A temporary storage area had to be created, filled and secured outside the facility so the concrete floors could be poured on schedule. Construction of the major structures started the day after the floors were cured enough to handle the loads about to be applied to them. Separate crews had to be used so that both ends of the building could be under construction at the same time. Once things got under way things started happening very quickly, the over 16,000-pallet position single selective racking system and the three level pick tower started taking shape. As soon as the floors were roughed in for the pick tower the conveyor system started being installed, screws were going down in the floor and conveyor sections were going up right behind them. Multiple crews had to work very closely and in sometimes difficult situations in order to get everything done on schedule. At the end of the project Ash City ended up with a fantastic showpiece new facility consisting of over 16,000 single selective pallet positions, a three level pick tower of over 45,000 square feet of space and over 12,000 pick locations, a carton flow selection system, over 1000 feet of powered conveyor, over 1400 feet of gravity picking lines all to transport picked orders through the building and into the shipping area. In addition, a dedicated trash handling system was incorporated to move used corrugate directly to an automatic compactor in the parking lot.


Results

The new Distribution Center is a showpiece to be very proud of, the new system has increased throughput and decreased the amount of case handling. The customer’s system now has the ability to meet the shipping rates required for the targeted business growth.


Update August 2009
Business has been so streamlined that the customer is currently considering adding a whole new product line to enhance the already successful products they currently supply.

Commissioned April 2005

The Customer
The customer’s remarkable growth dictated the addition of another site in the adjacent lot. Production was to remain in the existing building and new production lines were to be added into the new facility. All products had to be stored in a large freezer located in the new facility. With production rates of 2300 cases per hour, the customer had to get all products into the freezer as soon as possible. Transporting pallets into waiting trucks and shunting them over to the new site was costly, slow and inefficient. Tracking production rates and counts were difficult thus creating overages or low stock.


The Challenge
The challenge was to design a system to convey all product from all the manufacturing lines, count them and have them palletized right in front of the freezer. We had to have all lines out of the way of pedestrian and fork-truck traffic. We had to provide a conveyor link between the two buildings. Design the system around an ever-changing manufacturing footprint.


The Solution
In the existing building we supplied new line shaft conveyor with powered merges to transport the sealed case right from each manufacturing line. We installed new incline slider bed conveyors to quickly elevate the cases 18’ up. Accumulation conveyor was used to stage products as they merged together from three separate induction areas. All over-head merges are electronically controlled to provide a jam free operation. A tunnel was created to link the two buildings and we ran a live roller line through it. The new facility received the same line shaft conveyor with powered merges off each manufacturing line. The products from the old site and the new site converged in the same area in front of the freezer. We created a palletizing loop with a recirculation feature. Prior to palletizing, each box was scanned and the identity of each item was registered and accounted for. If a box is recirculated, the scanner will not recount it. We supplied a controls package to monitor the system and to track product on the overhead lines. A human interface module was provided so a production manager could see the hourly and daily production rates at the palletizing area.


Results
The new system increased throughput and decreased the amount of case handling. The customer’s system now has the ability to meet the shipping rates required for the targeted business growth over the next five years.

Commissioned November 2007

The Customer
Upon successful completion of the Phase 1 conveyor system, Give and Go experienced a greater demand for their goods. Our system was up the challenge of a higher through put but the manual-palletizing loop turned out to be the bottleneck. The workers could not keep up resulting in time and personnel increases.


The Challenge

Design, supply and install a new sortation system to deliver the product to a dedicated pallet position. Provide a scanning solution to track and account for each box and provide the controls required to operate this new system. Integrate new production lines that were added after Phase 1 completion. Install all this equipment without out interrupting their daily production.


The Solution

Wecon Systems redesigned the palletizing area into a sortation system for plant 1 product and combined this with dedicated outbound lanes for the new adjacent production lines in plant 2. This arrangement allows each product case to be sorted, diverted and staged into its own lane for palletizing. A TGW Ermanco NBS30 belt sorter with 12 diverts was selected based on rate capability (which easily allows for the current production plus ample future capacity) quite operation and the simple modular design for easy maintenance and flexibility.
The entire system also included adding an induct belt system to gap product for scanning, and powered belt turn to maintain consistent case spacing, and 12 gravity run-out lanes and one no read or “hospital lane”
The system was installed and production continued. The arrangement was designed in such a manner to maximize ship pallet access, maximize lane buffer length, and minimize material handler movements.


An additional consideration was that the entire system was raised and floor supported above the existing loop system in order to maintain current operation during partial installation and commissioning of the sorter. The final tie in was performed during an extended weekend shutdown.


A new control system was provided which included an operator interface screen and graphic display of the system, product destination table, system performance and status and manual overrides.


Results
Immediate efficiency were gained since material handlers dedicated to each product do not have to identify their product, allow multiple cases to bypass their position and then wait for the case to arrive again in position for removal.


Material handlers could pace themselves better since the run-off lanes provide buffering during surges of product or pallet changes. Any shortfalls in resources or productivity can be immediately recognized, as full run off lanes are visually obvious and also trigger an alarm. Manpower is easily redeployed to prevent line stoppage.


This was a repeat client for Wecon Systems and exemplifies our value in long term relationships of continuous improvement.

Commissioned 2007

The Customer
A high-end cosmetics distribution center responsible for the Canadian distribution of all their products, they had a new sortation system installed 3 years earlier to enable them to produce their daily requirements. This new system never lived up to their expectations and encountered many repair situations that were deemed non-conforming to regular wear and tear for this type of conveyor. The company that originally supplied and installed this system basically walked away from their responsibility and left the customer with a diminished capacity system. Future growth requirements meant that this customer was looking to add a mezzanine to provide more workspace to handle their orders.


The Challenge
To bring their existing sortation system up to speed and resolve their repair issues. We would also have to address their space concerns, miss-sorts and no reads. Make their system produce to their requirements without causing any production delays.


The Solution
We brought in a representative for the company that manufactured the sortation conveyor to view the original installation of their equipment. We had noticed many fundamental flaws in the install that were causing premature wear on the separate conveyor components, all caused by the installer trying to save money and taking shortcuts. Simple adjustments and elevation changes made a huge difference. We then implemented a complete program change and adjusted how the products merged, scanned and sorted bringing this sort rate from 15 cases per minute to over 30. The original set up had all the miss-scanned and no read product being diverted off the line at the first divert point. This caused many problems as this lane also had correctly sorted product on it. Most of the miss-sort and no read product got put onto a pallet and shipped to the wrong store. We added a no read lane to the main shipping sorter thus eliminating the potential of mistakenly shipping the wrong box.


Results
After completion of all the changes, the customer was able to add another product line adding another 20% volume to the system. We have this system doing more than it did originally and there is still more room to grow. No more space issues as the system is working for them, not against them.

Commissioned April 2008

The Customer
European based manufacturer and integrator of newsprint equipment with a global sale force, working in many countries and on multiple projects around the world. They invited Wecon Systems to be part of a large newsprint system being installed in the GTA. They were tasked to provide and install North America’s largest newspaper printing press complete with feeding and distribution system. We were asked to take out the trash. Literally!


The Solution

Supply a high speed, run on demand slider bed conveyor system. This unit was designed to weave its way through the production area and hit all the induction points. We designed the floor support structure to provide the customer with openings large enough to store some of the production feed equipment to help save them floor space. The integrated control package allows the series of conveyor to start and stop as production dictates, thus reducing the power requirements and wear and tear.


Results
Simple, easy, reliable flow of rejected paper off to the recycler with no manual intervention and run on demand helps with their bottom line and they have the solution they were looking for.


The Challenge

This new system would produce tons of paper waste on every print. When a newspaper is made, they constantly check the copies for quality. Any batch that is not up to par is instantly rejected usually by the hundreds of copies. These papers are required to go into an outside recycling bin. At any given time, there could be product being rejected from 5 separate production lines. We had to supply a system that was capable of moving this quantity of material without fail. Timelines for a successful print are very short and any problems can cause a late delivery of your morning newspaper. To the end user, that is not an option.

Commissioned October 2007

This was a joint venture with our business partner G.R.S.I.


The Customer
Canada’s’ largest direct marketing, print and fulfillment company started business in 1978 as a 3-PL servicing the travel industry. Since then they have branched out to become a single source provider of personalized marketing materials and information. Their new business venture required them to deliver large quantities of small package items over very short periods of time. This new line involved picking hundreds of packs with product no larger than a standard business card and consolidating them into various shipping cartons. They had employed many workers to manually achieve the daily production goals. Forecasting on this product indicated volumes would increase three to four time over the next few months and they needed a better way.


The Challenge

Design an automated picking system to enable the customer to efficiently and quickly pick and pack hundreds of orders per shift. Provide a simple to operate, reliable and fast system capable of exceeding their future growth potential. Cut down on labor costs and allow them to allocate workers to other business areas where they can be more effective. Design a software package to control and track each product, order and manage on hand inventory. Install this new system with minimal interruption to daily processing.


The Solution
The design team from G.R.S.I. instituted a very clever Pick to light and Put to light system. We installed multiple bays of carton flow that the customer populated with totes of product. Each product had a pick light in front of it. In front of carton flow, we installed an automated live roller conveyor capable of staging ten shipping cartons per zone. Over each carton there was a Put light display. Also, each shipping carton had a bar code attached detailing the order requirements and information and each of the 10 boxes were scanned and this data was sent to the pick lights in that zone. The lights under the product totes would display a number. The worker would pick that amount out of the tote and press a button on that display. They would turn around and see the Put displays over the 10 shipping boxes. Each one would also have a number displayed. The worker would put that amount into each box. This process was repeated until all the lights in that pick zone were out. Once completed, the 10 boxes would automatically travel to the next zone and the process repeats. Once an order is complete, boxes are put onto a take away line and travel to Value added area and case sealer. The boxes then got weighed and a shipping label was automatically attached to the box. They then traveled to a multi-lane sorter for manual palletizing. All the order information and data tracking was handled through G.R.S.I.’s FastTrak software.


Results
The innovative Pick/Put system that G.R.S.I. created proved to be a winner. This new system set up quickly managed the customer through put and allowed them to hit their production and labor goals. This investment in technology will help keep Contac Services number one in Canada’s competitive order fulfillment industry.

Commissioned September 2003

The Customer
Umbra is the worldwide leader in original, casual, contemporary, affordable design for the home. The company's products are available at over 25,000 retailers in more than 75 countries. Their rapid growth required an expansion to their Toronto warehouse. They wanted to ensure that this new warehouse space was used to its maximum capacity. They were looking to use the high ceiling to their advantage by putting in a Pick Tower. They contacted their racking supplier and ordered the structure. Their intent was to populate this area with small to medium sized product and pick them to fulfill the daily order requirements.


The Challenge
Design, supply and install a three level conveyance system to transport product from each pick zone on each level. This system had to be able to stage product and allow for pickers to easily move orders around with ease. All the completed orders had to be transported to a packing area located near the shipping doors. The original placement of the pick tower provided a small footprint for us to convey between each level. We could not use standard design practices in this system so we had to get inventive. Cost was a concern as the expenses incurred with this building expansion had cut into every budget.


The Solution

Using live roller conveyor flanked on both sides with gravity conveyor, we created an area on each level for the picker to move product along with ease. Once their pick was complete, the boxes and totes were pushed onto the live roller conveyor and transported to the lower level. We asked the tower supplier to extend the rack frames on the end of the tower to provide us with an area that we could install the between floor conveyors on. This request provided us with a solid point to attach the overhead conveyor and allowed the floor area to remain open for personnel traffic. We used accumulation conveyor leading to each of the packing stations to minimize backpressure and thus, protect the products from being damaged. To help control cost, we used all reconditioned conveyor from our stock. Electrical panel and field controls were installed to provide a safe, workable system for the pickers.


Results
They got the results they required. Their products are getting out to the stores on time and in good condition. The conveyor system effectively moved their daily production without fail. Their decision to use reconditioned equipment was justified as there were no concerns and performance levels are great.


Update July 2009
Over the years, we have modified this equipment to suit their new requirements. We have changed product flow in one area of the pick tower and we extended the pack lane. The reconditioned equipment has never been any maintenance concern and has performed very well since the original start up.

Ongoing Since 1999

The Customer
Laundry Services Company is responsible for cleaning, drying and folding tons of soiled linens and garments for hospitals, hotels and motels all over the GTA. They provide a premium service and are constantly looking to keep ahead of their competition while keeping production costs down. Products are all hand sorted and put into bins for automated washing and drying. Space is at a premium as the wash machines are huge and require a lot of floor space.


The Challenge
Provide conveyor equipment that will transport the in-coming laundry to the wash machines and not take up any or little floor space. Provide a clean, safe surface for the laundry as not to mark, tear or contaminate the product. Make the equipment easy to install and modify so as their industry changes, the conveyors can change with them.


The Solution
Floor space was not available for most conveyances but ceiling space was. We installed a number of overhead slider bed conveyor all incorporating modular design for ease of modification and expansion. All the conveyors were wide enough to handle their large loads and using speed changes, we were able to spread out the loads as they traveled along. Special belts were used that would not harm their products as they went from application to application. Stainless steel side guards and special belt return rollers were introduced to help limit any marking or staining of the newly washed product.


Results

Working together with the people at K-Bro and understanding their industry proved to be a very welcomed adventure. Their dynamic set up provided us with many challenges and had given us certain knowledge and insight that has helped us with other customer’s problems. Wash production has picked up so well that they had to add in another receiving loop to increase the inbound quantities, which, to them, was the result they were looking for. They remain one of our oldest customers and we look forward to working with them on their next projects.

Commissioned August 2009

The Customer
A major player in the 3PL industry, Vitran Logistics was engaged by Canada’s largest grocery chain to provide distribution for the launch of a new retail line of products into their numerous outlets throughout Ontario. The plan was to slowly ramp up a facility and grow it as the demand got greater. Vitran set up a large facility and performed a manual pick from pallet to fulfill each store order. This quickly became inefficient and laborious and they knew that to ensure long term success, they needed a long term solution that could grow as their business demanded.


The Challenge

Provide a conveyance solution to handle their current case handling needs and provide the ability to expand the system as their customer’s demands required. Design a case handling system that is easy to load product onto, can scan the product bar code and sort the case to a store location for palletizing. Design a middleware program that will allow the conveyor system and the customers WMS to speak to each other and that could allow for multiple store locations and proper pallet build, large and heavy items first and small and light items last. Supply conveyor equipment that can be repurposed without modification to suit their future needs. Supply a controls package that would be user friendly and safe for the workers.


The customer was challenged to produce 8000 orders per shift for up to 250 store locations in the first year with a five year increase in volume to 12,500 cases per shift to over 300 store locations. There was some talk about adding grocery items to this system. If so, the numbers would quadruple.


The Solution
For the conveyor system, we designed an elevated 16 lane cross dock sortation system featuring a long and low slapper induction line to an overhead accumulation and scanning line. The induction area provided full pallet parking along both sides of the line. Workers would manually pull cases off the pallets and place them on a reinforced slider bed conveyor. With access to both sides, pallet replenishment was quickly done without slowing down the induction process. Cases were inclined up to an overhead accumulation line and are metered and scanned. Once scanned, we sorted the case down one of 16 lanes for manual palletizing. The sorter was elevated to allow for worker passage underneath. This design allowed for ease of movement for the worker allowing them to access other areas of the sorter without having to walk long distances around floor level conveyor.


The Middleware solution allowed the conveyor PLC to interface with the customers WMS. Once a bar code was scanned, we located to store number and sorted the case to its respective pallet location. The middleware system also provided the customer with multiple templates designed to manage sort parameters. This provided them a quick change over of store locations along the sort lanes as their product line or type changed.


The controls system was installed with a panel view that provided the management with sort information and details needed for performance reporting. Strategically placed emergency stops were installed for worker safety and beacon lights were installed at each sort lane to provide visual reference in the event of a full lane or a product jam.


Results
Within the first few months of service, Vitrans order output increased substantially opening them up to receive another product line from their extremely content customer. We installed another 16 lanes to the sorter without modifying the existing set up. This provided over 330 new pallet locations for them to sort to. Middleware upgrades allowed them to transition to a new WMS. Future volumes are expected to exceed 300,000 orders per week. We are planning to expand induction capabilities allowing for additional slapper lines as well as a straight to truck line.


Slapper Line Induction line Wecon Systems Heavy duty slider bed

Accumulation Line TGW Narrow Belt Conveyor

Meter Belt and Scan Belt Wecon Systems Slider Bed

Belt Curve Transnorm

Sorter TGW NBS 30

Run Out Lanes Wecon Systems Gravity Wheel spurs and sections

Scanners; Datalogic

Bowling Night March 10th 2014

With the winter blahs kicking in far too long we decided that it was time to bust out and do something a little different. Bowling? Why not we thought and it was a great idea. Everyone that was able to attend had a great time away from the day to day blahs. The goal was to help kick start spring and I think we did it!!!

YAYA Foods Plant Tour Oct 25th 2013

We were fortunate enough to be able to provide an inside view of the new YAYA Foods plant in Etobicoke this past September. We got an inside look at what make the plant work and what it takes to produce all those drinks we all love so much. Thanks to everyone involved in making this a memorable event.

15 Years Young!! July 6th 2012

15 years ago is when it all got started. That is when Wecon was born. Click this link and have a look at what we have become.

Canadian Manufacturing

10 Year Anniversary

Anybody that has used our installation services has probably had the pleasure of working with Jim. Jim has been a very important part of our team and now is responsible for almost all of our installations right across the Country. Jim is very involved in all our installations, either on site or behind the scenes. Please join us in congratulating Jim on this milestone. Jim can be reached at 

jreed@weconsystems.com anytime.

10 Years X2 April 4th 2012

April Fool’s day presented a very special occasion this year. We were very proud to honor not one but two dedicated professionals with a 10 year anniversary award. John Wilson and Son Hong Nguyen celebrated their 10 year anniversary with us and we could not be happier. Congratulations to you both and thank you again for your continued dedication.

Sales Award February 6th, 2012

Wecon has been awarded yet another Bronze Sales award by one of our Major Business Partners, TGW Systems. This is the seventh consecutive year Wecon has been awarded this prestigious award. With some of the new innovations now available from TGW, we expect to have an even better year in 2012. Congratulations to the sales team at Wecon for a job well done!

Christmas 2012 January 12th, 2012

Well another year has come and gone and we finally got a little bit of time to relax away from the office and wish each other a well-deserved Christmas break. We had a great lunch together and got some time to talk about things other than work, ok, we talked about work too, but hey it's what we do. We also wanted to wish all our very valued Customers, Suppliers, friends and family a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are looking forward to kick starting 2012 and hope all the best for everyone.

Dave Stevens December 8th, 2011

Congratulations Dave! We are proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of Mr. Dave Stevens. Dave is a big part of our design team and handles a lot of our projects. Thank you for all your hard work Dave over the last 10 years.

Twittered November 9th, 2011

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before we got on the Twitter band wagon! With people always looking for a better way to keep in touch, we decided to launch our own Twitter page. Be sure to see us on Twitter to keep up to date with what is going on with Wecon!

Authorized Service Center Aug 10th, 2011

Wecon is proud to announce the most recent award of Authorized Service Center status for Dorner Manufacturing Corporation. What does that mean to our customers, well, you can be assured that you are getting the very best Factory trained service technicians available for any of your Dorner applications. Feel free to contact our service department anytime for any questions or concerns you may have, we will be happy to assist in any way possible.

New Fleet Member July 11th, 2011

Have a look at the newest member of our service fleet. In an attempt to do our part for the "Green" movement we have just added a new service truck to the fleet. This new unit will use less fuel and hopefully avoid us having to pass along any additional costs to our service customers. Keep your eyes open as you are sure to see her running around the GTA soon. This will total five (5) service trucks we have available to keep all of our customers up and running!

New Sales Team Member June 8th, 2011

Question: How do you double your sales teams experience in one move?


Answer: Find the most seasoned, experienced sales professional you know and talk him into working on your TEAM! That's what we were fortunate enough to do with Mr. Erik Fisker. Erik has joined our team and brings with him over 40 years of experience in the package handling industry. If you have been involved in the purchase of any Conveyor Equipment in the last 40 years, you may have had the pleasure of working with Erik, if not it's not too late, he would be more than happy assist you with any requirements you may have. Erik can be reached in the office anytime at (905) 624-6499 or by e-mail,

efisker@weconsystems.com

Please join us in welcoming Erik to our team.

10 Year Milestone March 12th, 2011

In March of this year, Fil Maciel celebrated her 10 year anniversary with us! Most of you will know Fil from telephone conversations or if you are lucky enough, you got to meet her at one of our annual Golf Tournaments. Please join me in thanking Fil for her dedicated service over the last 10 years.

Automation under way Jan 10th, 2011

The installation phase of the new automatic trash handling system for the Toronto Star is almost complete. After all the overhead structural work had been installed the conveyor started to be installed, everything went as well as possible. Final guarding is now being installed and is expected to be complete in the next week or two. Electrical wiring and controls are next and then the cost savings begin. Everyone is excited to see the new system run.

Authorized Service Centre Dec 17th, 2010

Wecon is proud to announce the most recent award of Authorized Service Center status for Dorner Manufacturing Corporation. What does that mean to our customers, well, you can be assured that you are getting the very best Factory trained service technicians available for any of your Dorner applications. Feel free to contact our service department anytime for any questions or concerns you may have, we will be happy to assist in any way possible.

Racking Upgraded November 15th, 2010

The newly designed DC in the GTA is now complete and just in time for the Christmas rush. The installation of the new facility is finished and the customer has already started filling up the racks. Once the install got going it went as smooth as expected. Plans are already underway for the next phase.

Roll the Presses October 8th, 2010

The brand new printing facility for the Globe and Mail is up and running and we were very proud to be part of the project. We designed, built and installed the new automatic trash handling system that will transport rejected print material directly into the compactors. This is a "run on demand" system that only works when it needs to. The labour savings a system like this delivers is phenomenal and the ROI makes the decision to purchase an easy one.

Annual Golf Tournament September 7th 2010

August 18, 2010 was just about as perfect a day as you could ask for. Wecon Systems held our 5th annual golf tournament and it was a sell out again. Many thanks to Mother Nature, the golf course, the food and of course all who were able to attend. That's it for this year, people have already asked about next years’ tournament, but we need a little break from organizing our events and have to get back to work. Thanks again to everyone that was involved, it was a great day.

Wecon’s 10th Annual BBQ

July 21, 2010 was the big day for Wecon’s much-anticipated annual event and once again everything went off without a hitch. Mother Nature cooperated with perfect weather, the food was excellent and in abundance, (nobody left hungry), the people were fantastic and it was great to just get together with what we like to refer to as our “work family” of customers, suppliers, family and friends. An event like this does not happen all by itself, but seeing the smiling faces of everyone involved makes it all worthwhile. From all of us, here at Wecon Systems, thanks to everyone who was able to make it out this year, and for those of you that could not make it out this year, we certainly hope to see you next year. Keep in touch with us by signing up to receive our quarterly newsletter.

Construction begins February 12th, 2010

All the planning is over and installation is well under way for the new DC in Richmond Hill for a very well- known apparel supplier. The new DC will be a great new change for this rapidly growing supplier. Installation of all the conveyor equipment should be complete and ready for start-up in March, right on schedule. Congratulations!

Christmas Time January 6th, 2010

Our annual Christmas celebration was once again a great success and very well deserved by our incredible and most professional staff. The fact that we all weathered the third and fourth quarter storms that we were forced to deal with is something we are very proud of. We here are most fortunate and very proud of the fact that our entire staff survived the wrath of 2009 and are now all set to make 2010 a great year. We trust that all our "work family and friends" are in the same mindset and are all ready for a prosperous 2010.

Production Ramping up November 10th, 2009

A new Ryson spiral conveyor is getting set to go to work as part of an additional production line we are all set to deliver for a personal products manufacturer in Mississauga. This new line should be up and running before Christmas.

DC Upgrades October 23rd, 2009

Planning is now complete and manufacturing has begun on equipment to upgrade a Westen Canadian Automotive Distribution Center. Signs are showing an increase in activity and we will be installing a new spiral conveyor and sortation equipment around Christmas time. Check back soon to see how things have improved.

10 Years September 11th, 2009

We are proud to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of Ms. Terry Capraro. Terry celebrated her ten-year anniversary in September of this year. Terry has played a major role in helping grow Wecon to where we are today as our Office Manager/Payroll Administrator/AP & AR Manager and Personal Assistant. As you can see she is a very busy lady. Most of you already know Terry, so join us in congratulating her on this great achievement, if you have not had the pleasure of meeting Terry feel free to contact her anytime. Terry can be reached through the office anytime or attcapraro@weconservices.com.

Annual Golf Tournament August 31st, 2009

Our Annual Golf Tournament held on August 19, 2009 was a huge success. This years’ event was a sell out again, the weather was perfect and a great time was had by all who attended.


Thanks to all of you that took time out of your busy schedules to enjoy and relax a little with us, we had a great time putting it all together for you. We are looking forward to next year already.

Annual BBQ August 11th, 2009

This years’ annual BBQ was again a huge success, this years’ event was the most attended by all our work friends and a great time was had by all. The food and the weather was exactly what were needed to cap off the day. Thanks to all of you that took the time to attend. We are looking forward to next year.

Transfer Car Running July 10th, 2009

The new automatic T-Car is installed and running in the food production plant all as scheduled, 3 of the 6 production lines are now using the T-Car with the next 3 scheduled to be brought on line in the phase. Along with the new T-Car is a new automatic truck loading main trunk line that will also be up and running after the scheduled plant shut down in August, stay tuned for updates on this exciting project.

Happy Birthday June 5th, 2009

Wecon Systems has just celebrated our 12th birthday!


We are so excited to be getting started in our 13th successful year, with our expanded services and experiences we are looking forward to a very busy year ahead. Thank you so much to all of our valued customers, business partners, families and friends, without all of you we would not be here today.

Annual BBQ May 16th, 2009

Our annual customer appreciation BBQ is set for the summer. Thursday July 16, 2009 has been selected as the day not to miss. Special invitations will be sent out soon so if you don't see yours soon don't hesitate to contact us for information. As in past years, we expect this will be a special day not to be missed.

High Speed Sorter April 6th, 2009

Installation is set for late spring and the system should be up and running in full capacity before summer time. This is the first of possibly a couple of new high speed sortation systems to handle a new line of clothing that we will all see in the next couple of months. Stay in touch for new updates as they are available.

Christmas Celebration December 29th, 2008

We made it to another Christmas holiday and this year I must say we all deserve a break. Zorro's restaurant was the spot we were able to enjoy a fantastic lunch/dinner. Merry Christmas to all our work friends and family.

Production Revamped November 13th, 2008

The first phase of the production enhancements are now complete and initial reports are indicating that production volumes have exceeded targets. Phase two is already underway and this new prototype may be the footprint for additional production facilities in the very near future.

New Team Member October 6th, 2008

It is with great pleasure we welcome the addition of Mr. Dave Totty to our service and installation team. Dave brings with him many years of experience in the service and installation field and will be a very valuable asset to the team. Please join us in welcoming Dave to "The Team."

New DC Starts September 3rd, 2008

The Construction phase is well under way for a new Distribution Center in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Wecon is gearing up to start the installation of the largest racking and three level pick tower job in Richmond Hill. The new DC will house a large quantity of single selective racking, a three level pick tower, Carton Flow, Open case picking, a conveyor tote handling system, shipping system as well as an automatic to compactor trash conveyor system. Turnover date is expected to be middle to late December of this year.

Annual Golf Tournament August 28th, 2008

Wecon's annual golf tournament was again a huge success, a great time was had by all, the weather co-operated and we could not have asked for a better day. Thanks to everyone that was able to attend, looking forward to seeing you all again next year.

Annual BBQ July 21st, 2008

July 17, 2008 was the big day for Wecon’s much-anticipated annual event and once again everything went off without a hitch. Mother Nature cooperated with perfect weather, the food was excellent and in abundance, (nobody left hungry), the people were fantastic and it was great to just get together with what we like to refer to as our “work family” of customers, suppliers, family and friends. An event like this does not happen all by itself, but seeing the smiling faces of everyone involved makes it all worthwhile. From all of us, here at Wecon, thanks to everyone who was able to make it out this year, and for those of you that could not make it out this year, we certainly hope to see you next year. Keep in touch with us by signing up to receive our quarterly newsletter.

10 Year Anniversary June 6th, 2008

We are proud to acknowledge the 10-year anniversary of Mr. Kurt Witteman. Kurt celebrated his ten-year anniversary in May of this year. Kurt has played a major role in helping grow Wecon to where we are today as our National Sales Manager. Most of you already know Kurt, so join us in congratulating him on this great achievement, if you have not had the pleasure of meeting Kurt feel free to contact him anytime. Kurt can be reached through the office anytime or 

atkwitteman@weconservices.com.

Sales Achievement April 2nd, 2008

Jeff Seibert from TGW-Ermanco presents the Sales award to Kurt Witteman and Gary Niklas. This is the third consecutive year Wecon has received this prestigious award. Make sure you contact us to find out about all the exciting things going on.

Another Addition March 4th, 2008

We are proud to announce the addition of Mr. Greg Farrow to our sales team. Greg will be joining us in the capacity of Conveyor Automation Systems. Greg brings with him an extensive history of sales experience; he can be reached at

gfarrow@weconservices.com

anytime. Some of you may have already had the pleasure of meeting Greg, if not you can expect to hear from him soon.

New Web Page October 27th, 2007

We are proud and excited to finally launch our new and improved web page.We have listened to all of your comments and concerns and made all the changes to try and accommodate everyone. Please take some time to have a look around the new information and as always your comments are welcomed. Thanks to everyone that was involved in making this happen (FINALLY).

10 Year Anniversary September 4th, 2007

We are proud to announce the 10 year anniversary of Mr. Douglas Jones. Douglas has been a valued employee for over 10 years now. Congratulations and thank you Douglas.

Golf Tournament: August 22nd, 2007

This years’ golf tournament was another huge success. The turnout was great and mother-nature graced us with a perfect day for golf.


This years’ winning team consisted of:

  • Mike DiFlorio
  • Peter Davidson
  • Greg DiFlorio
  • Anthony DiFlorio


Thanks to everyone that was able to join us for the day, we hope you can make it out again next year.

iPod Winner: July 27th, 2007

Fraser Hollis was the lucky winner of the draw for the iPod at our annual BBQ. Congratulations once again to Fraser, hope to see you out again next year.

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