AMETEK Prestolite Power Increases Piazza Produce's Warehouse Productivity

Friday, December 1, 2017

AMETEK Prestolite Power Increases Piazza Produce's Warehouse Productivity
The Full Case Study Regarding This Project is Available Today

Troy, OH, Dec. 4, 2017 — AMETEK Prestolite Power today announced that its customer, Piazza Produce had seen significant benefits within its warehouse operations since starting its relationship with Prestolite Power more than 12 years ago. The project that began this long-term relationship is available as a full case study, available today for download: Case Study - Prestolite Power and Piazza Produce.

In 2005, Scott Lutocka took on the role of Facilities and Sustainability Manager at Piazza Produce, Inc., a produce distribution company based in Indianapolis that delivers fresh produce and specialty foods to more than 150 cities across four states. As part of his new role, Lutocka wanted to find smarter ways to run the company's warehouse, which operates on a 24/7 schedule.

During the first few months, Lutocka and his team were able to evaluate a host of equipment challenges and breakdowns, including multiple battery failures across the company's forklift fleet. Piazza Produce required guidance on how to remedy the systematic problems that were evident to both Lutocka and corporate management. With the help of Associated Integrated Solutions, a local material handling company, Waddell Power and DEKA Batteries worked closely with AMETEK Prestolite Power to recommend that the company replace not only the batteries in each working forklift, but the chargers as well.

"AMETEK Prestolite Power was glad to be able to help Piazza Produce with a plan to ensure its fleet was ready 24/7. As warehouse experts, we understand the need to streamline efficiencies in a time-sensitive industry like produce and short-life foods," said Jeff Harrison, Business Manager of AMETEK Prestolite Power.

"Once the system was functional, Piazza Produce immediately saw benefits in efficiency with more than two hours of time savings per shift. Everyone worked as a team from the consultants to each warehouse employee to provide correct specs, installation, training, and application," said Lutocka. "In spite of the size of the project, everything went smoothly – reinforcing the notion that we made the right business decision from the start."

Piazza Produce is now in its 12th year with the new batteries and chargers. With the fleet's daily use factor so high, short charges have been stopped and the life cycle of each battery is still on track to continue for years to come.

About AMETEK Prestolite Power
AMETEK Prestolite Power offers the industry’s broadest range of industrial motive power chargers and is the only industrial battery charger provider able to custom tailor a system that combines the full range of conventional, opportunity and rapid charging solutions. It is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices.
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