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Willach Australia is a wholly owned
division of the Willach Group.
Its manufacturing plant is in Germany.
According to the company, it is currently
responsible for more than 80% of the
robotic market in Australia.
The head office is in Richmond, Victoria,
and houses the Technical Support,
Customer Service and Help Line team.
It has consultants in: Victoria/Tasmania,
South Australia, Western Australia, NSW
and Queensland/Northern Territory.
John Koot, Managing Director of
Willach Australia, said that all but one
of Willach’s solution consultants are
pharmacists. ‘ This is something that sets
us apart and is useful when discussing
and understanding the pharmacist’s
business, challenges, expectations and
goals,’ Mr Koot said.
There are currently six models of the
CONSIS automated system available in
Australia. Willach holds stock of complete
units, as well as a full range of parts and
accessories, at its Richmond facility.
In this case, if a consultation with a
Willach representative concludes
automation is the best option,
addressing key issues and helping
achieve business goals a CONSIS B0
robotic dispenser – the smallest unit
but capable of catering for pharmacies
dispensing 250–450 scripts a day –
would be recommended.
WHAT TASKS CAN IT PERFORM?
• Pick and deliver packages to work
station within 4–6 seconds.
• The CONSIS can dispense while being
filled without impacting on dispensing
speed or needing additional parts or
• Can store and pick bottles easily.
• Can pick multiple packages at once.
• Integrates with all major pharmacy
• Picks drugs from the front while
loading from rear – ensuring FIFO
• Laser light guiding system for fast and
• Medicine packages can be dispensed
to up to eight work stations.
• Delivery technology based on gravity
fed chutes – highly reliable with
minimal moving parts.
• Provides compact storage on a small
footprint – seven days stock for 90%
of dispensing (up to 414 product lines
and 3,760 packages in total) starting
on a footprint of only 2m2.
• Assists with inventory management
through stock management reports
typically resulting in significant
reduction of unnecessary excess stock
and improved cash flow.
• Easy to access stock even during
• Adds a ‘theatre’ component – visibility
of stock being picked provides an
impressive visual display for customers
A dispensary storage solution including
CONSIS robot and Willach FAMA drawers
for ancillary slow moving items, excess,
starts at $175,000. This includes unlimited
dispensary designs by Willach’s designers
to ensure workflow and space utilisation
is maximised, installation of the solution,
and all training.
ARE THERE ADD-ONS?
Willach systems currently available
in Australia do not have additional
components. CONSIS provides the
best value to the local market by what
it achieves. Willach offers alternative
automated systems in Europe, however
the engineering and design is different,
have a higher cost. Weighing up the cost-
benefit of these units for the local market,
the CONSIS remains the best value for
what it achieves and delivers.
HOW MUCH FLOOR SPACE
DOES THE SYSTEM USE?
The CONSIS B0 unit has a footprint of
, while the B1 has 2.6m2
3.3m2 and the B3 has a footprint of 4.2m2.
IS A REDESIGN OF THE
No, the size, ease and flexibility of the
installation mean the CONSIS can easily
be retrofitted into the existing pharmacy
HOW LONG WILL INSTALLATION
Installation typically takes 2–3 days with
an additional 4–6 hours allocated to the
initial ‘fill’ of the machine. Pharmacies
are typically ready to dispense from the
unit by the end of the third day. There is
minimal disruption to the pharmacy’s
operations. As the unit is installed in a
running and operating pharmacy there
is little-to-no ‘down time’ .
PHARMACIST TIME SAVED BY
Time and motion studies indicate that
automation can save up to 45% of the
dispensing process time. It is difficult to
determine how much is the pharmacist’s
time as there are many scenarios in a
dispensary. The savings and benefits
stem from taking a holistic approach and
improving workflow by allocating staff
to areas where they will be of the most
value, i.e. having the pharmacist out the
front with technicians supporting them
by putting the prescriptions together
Willach has facilities and relationships
with a number of lenders including
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