CYPRESS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Yamaha Motor Manufacturing Corporation (YMMC), based in Newnan, Georgia, yesterday opened a new advanced and innovative “SMART” warehouse, the first of its kind for Yamaha Motor Company in the world. Using state-of-the-art automated storage and retrieval systems, the new 200,000 square foot facility will be able to reduce response time for dealer order fulfillment for Yamaha WaveRunners, Golf Cars, ATVs and Sides. -by-Sides by more than 50 percent.
“The new Yamaha SMART Warehouse will improve our overall operational efficiency and the speed of material flow to our factory assembly lines, ultimately allowing us to get products into the hands of our dealers and customers faster,” said Mike Chrzanowski, President and CEO of Yamaha Motor. Company. “Demand for all of our outdoor recreation products produced at this facility continues to outstrip supply and we are pleased to bring this new warehouse online as soon as possible.”
SMART is the acronym for Sequenced Material and Reduced Transportation.
The SMART Warehouse’s automated medium parts storage and retrieval system will be able to retrieve and put away 240 containers per hour, up from the current rate of 170 containers per hour. The small automated system will be able to process 2400 containers per hour, compared to the current capacity of 550 containers per day. The new systems will allow Yamaha to reduce forklifts by 50% by using automatic conveyors and tugs to move parts from the SMART center to the factories.
The Newnan, Georgia community is also set to benefit from the new Yamaha SMART Warehouse. “The significant investment Yamaha has made in this new facility underscores the company’s long-term commitment to our YMMC employees as well as to the Town of Newnan and Coweta County,” continued Chrzanowski. “This system within the SMART Warehouse will bring higher paying and higher skilled jobs to Coweta County, including robotics experts, software developers and systems engineers.”
Designed by SSI SCHAEFER, the new Yamaha SMART Warehouse will also include an observation deck allowing groups such as students from local schools to learn about manufacturing and automated processes.
Yamaha plans to complete the SMART Warehouse in 2024.
About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include motorcycles and scooters, ATVs and side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, WaveRunner watercraft, boats, outboard motors, outdoor power equipment, power-assisted bicycles, golf carts, power-assisted wheelchair systems, surface mounts. Technology (SMT) and robotic machines, unmanned helicopters, accessories, clothing, Yamalube products and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.
YMUS has a headquarters in California, two headquarters in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Other US-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).