Case Studies

Cannon Equipment has worked with some of the largest companies in the United States and the World, here are a few examples:

Title: Transcontinental Printing

Description: Transcontinental Printing, headquartered in Montreal Canada, is the 4th largest printer in North America and THE largest printer in Canada.
Case Study:
Customer: Transcontinental, Inc Requirement:
Transcontinental Printing, headquartered in Montreal Canada, is the 4th largest printer in North America and THE largest printer in Canada with 2009 revenues of $2.3B. Transcontinental spe¬cializes in printing (books, magazines, catalogs, newspapers, etc), publishing and marketing com¬munications. Transcontinental employs more than 11,000 employees in more than 35 locations throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. In 2007, Transcontinental entered into an agreement with The San Francisco Chronicle (the 24th largest newspaper in the US with circulation of over 240,000 daily) to provide The Chronicle with their daily products. In order for Transcontinental to provide The Chronicle with the necessary volume, they began plans for a new Production Facility. Transcontinental wanted a solution that would enable them to accurately and easily track prod¬ucts to the point of hand-off to their customer (San Francisco Chronicle).

Solution:
Transcontinental was made aware of Cannon Equipment’s expertise in this area, and toured previous Cannon installations at the Dayton (OH) Daily News and Dallas (TX) Morning News. During those tours, Transcontinental was able to observe how Cannon Equipment automatically tracked both carts and products using automated equipment, custom software, and RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. Transcontinental wanted to combine the best solution from the Dayton Daily News and Dallas Morning News installations into their operation. Cannon Equipment worked with Transcontinental and The Chronicle to develop an integrated distribution system for the new production facility to meet both party’s unique needs, including product tracking from production to distribution.

Objectives:

  • Incorporate Transcontinental’s concepts into a uniquely designed system;
  • Work with Transcontinental’s partners to provide an integrated solution meeting all of their needs while maintaining The Chronicles needed distribution and tracking requirements
  • Design the final layout to meet/exceed Transcontinental’s functional requirements.

Cannon Equipment used its 40 plus years of industry experience and know-how to develop a solution that satisfied the stringent needs of this project. The solution included seven custom Cart Loading cells and 2,500 CannonCarts™ designed exclusively for handling newspaper bundles. In addition to the Distribution System, Cannon Equipment provided an RFID based Tracking System and a Waste Handling System. All of the Cannon Equipment solutions were value engi¬neered concepts to produce the most cost-effective solution. Cannon Equipment was successful in winning the competitive bid, and was awarded the project which goes through 2011.
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Title: Toyota North American Parts Operation

Description: Toyota is the seventh largest company in the world and the second largest manufacturer of automobiles, with production facilities in 28 countries around the world. The new CannonCarts® system allows shipping 90% of their parts by carts (which allows Toyota to maximize the cube in the trucks with a large mix of components.Case Study:
Customer: Toyota North American Parts Operation – Baltimore, MD
Toyota is the seventh largest company in the world and the second largest manufacturer of automobiles, with production facilities in 28 countries around the world.

Requirement:
Toyota North American Parts Operation, Baltimore, MD, needed to upgrade their parts distribution operation to increase efficiencies and provide better service to their network of dealers. Their old method used a combination of floor loading and pallets to ship auto
parts to the dealerships during business hours, requiring store personnel to help with the labor intensive unloading process.

Toyota Goals:

  • Make unattended nighttime (off hours) deliveries
  • Shorten unloading times to allow drivers to make multiple stops
  • Provide nightly deliveries instead of once or twice a week in their current operation
  • Provide additional product protection to minimize shipping damage

Solution:
Cannon Equipment used its 40 plus years of industry experience and know-how to develop a solution that satisfied the stringent needs of this project. Cannon worked with Toyota to develop a custom security cart to best fit their array of products, from bumpers to transmissions. We added a tie-down feature in the design of our cart to secure large and heavy components. Additionally, for added security and convenience we added safety features to allow multiple carts to be connected and secured in the trucks during transit.

Objectives:

  • Develop a cart design to maximize the amount of products, including varying size body parts that can be loaded onto carts
  • Prepare prototypes for review and approval
  • Value engineer the most cost-effective design to meet/exceed Toyota’s functional and price requirements

The new system allows shipping 90% of their parts by carts (which allows Toyota to maximize the cube in the trucks with a large mix of components). The cart also allows for reducing loading/ unloading times by up to 75% while minimizing damage in transit. Using a 4 sided security cart also provides better accuracy and accountability of shipments. And in response to the TOYOTA GREEN INITIATIVE program, the new system eliminates use of shipping consumables – stretch wrap and wooden pallets.
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