Abbott Diagnostics Distribution Center 
Intermediate level

Abbott Diagnostics Distribution Center

Continuous improvement in a distribution center
Thursday, Nov. 7 Location Code
8:45am-2:00am ThT/06

No competitors allowed, including: Diagnostic companies, Siemens, Roche, Danaher

Abbott Diagnostics Distribution Center, located in Lake County, is 345,000 sq. ft. of storage (i.e. 15C to 30C, 2C to 8C, -20C) that utilizes an automated pick-by-light system for less than case quantities along with traditional full pallet and full case processing areas. Many of the shipments are temperature controlled or hazardous requiring a high level of compliance. Value add services are provided for customers utilizing Abbott’s RFID inventory management system.

At this distribution center tour, see a pick-to-light system that handles up to 1500 orders per day/shift, as well as packing stations with visual work instructions that increased packaging output by 29 percent. Learn more about how the site developed recycling partnerships with customers and suppliers, and how it implemented a packaging optimization program. Hear about the site’s tiered meetings and “Good Catch” safety program.


Abbott is all about helping you live the best life you can through good health. We keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life, help you feel and move better, and bring you information and medicines to manage your health. Every day and around the world, millions of people benefit from Abbott’s life-changing technology. Abbott's103,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.

Restrictions / Requirements

To participate in a tour, all attendees must adhere to and respect the tour hosts' restrictions and requirements.
Non-adherence may exclude you from a tour.

  • No competitors
  • Other: See tour description
  • Leather like closed-toe shoes (No high heels)
  • Long or short-sleeved shirt/blouse
  • Long pants (no shorts, skirts, dresses)
  • Signed non-disclosure agreement