Egemin to deliver integrated warehouse-AGV project to IVC


IVC has placed an order with Egemin for an automated warehouse solution for its manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia. The order consists of an integrated warehousing system with AGVs to handle the intermediate transport flows of slabs and rolls and storage of slabs.

IVC’s vinyl business is rapidly expanding worldwide. To support the expected growth, IVC continues investing in its manufacturing facilities. Egemin Automation recently delivered an integrated warehouse system for the Avelgem plant in Belgium. This system handles the transport and storage for luxury vinyl floors from production to the new warehouse and distribution hall. Due to the positive experiences gathered from this project, IVC US decided to embark on a similar project with Egemin in the US. Egemin will automate IVC US’s Dalton distribution center and convert part of the facility to manufacturing. The automation will enable IVC US to complete the production of LVT (Luxury Vinyl Tiles) in the USA.

Handling of slabs and rolls

IVC US’s order consists of an integrated warehousing and WIP transport system supporting the production and logistic processes at the Dalton plant. The system will handle the transport and storage of slabs (assembly of slab carrier and PVC plates) in between the production lines and the WIP buffer warehouse (Work in Process). The system also handles the transport of winded rolls and empty cores in between racking and the production lines.

Egemin’s scope of delivery includes two slab handling E’gv®s from the LTV series (Load Transfer Vehicle) and two side-lifting roll handling E’gv®s from the FLV series (Fork Lift Vehicle) to handle loads up to 14,000 lbs (6.4 MT) and 19,400 lbs (8 MT) per load, respectively, between various stages of production. A fully automated warehouse with one stacker crane and an inbound and outbound slab conveyor system with which the AGVs will interact will be installed as well. E’wcs will control all transport flows in the system and manages the warehouse. It will interface with IVC’s SAP-WM software. The system is scheduled to go live in Summer 2015.


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slab-handling-AGV.jpg: 3D render of slab-handling AGV

roll-handling-AGV.jpg: 3D render of side-lifting roll handling AGV

ivc-belgium-hoisting-cranes.jpg: hoisting operations of stacker cranes at IVC Belgium

About IVC

Founded in 1997 in Avelgem, Belgium, IVC is a privately held company with sheet vinyl and LVT products sold in more than 100 countries. A leader in the residential resilient flooring market for Western Europe and the United States, IVC is the fastest growing resilient flooring company in the world. IVC US specializes in innovative manufacturing of luxury fiberglass sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl planks and luxury vinyl tile of beauty, durability and style. In 2011, IVC built the industry’s most modern and efficient manufacturing facility in Dalton, GA. This state-of-the-art plant features the longest vinyl sheet line in the world along with the most advanced equipment and machinery available.

About Dematic Egemin

Dematic Egemin (formerly Egemin Automation) manufactures, implements and services mobile automation solutions that improve warehouse, production and distribution center processes to optimize the supply chain. Product solutions include Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and in-floor towing solutions. Dematic Egemin comprises the Mobile Automation group within Dematic, with a Center of Excellence located in Holland, Michigan.

About Dematic

Dematic is a leading global supplier of integrated automated technology, software and services to optimize the supply chain. Dematic employs over 6,000 skilled logistics professionals to serve its customers globally, with engineering centers and manufacturing facilities located across the globe. Dematic, Egemin and Retrotech, now integrated under the roof of KION Group, have implemented more than 6,000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors.

Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dematic is a member of KION Group, a global leader in industrial trucks, related services, and supply chain solutions. Across more than 100 countries worldwide, the KION Group designs, builds and supports logistics solutions that optimize material and information flow within factories, warehouses and distribution centres. The company is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe, the second-largest producer of forklifts globally, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.


John Clark
11818 James St.
Holland, MI 49424
616 393 0101

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