Driving international expansion and sorting courier, express and parcel services without additional effort and with maximum throughput; GEBHARDT has met these requirements with the first SpeedSorter® loop project at flaconi, one of the leading online retailers for beauty products in Germany. The sorter sorts up to 11,150 shipments per hour and guarantees gentle handling of the packages. The highlight of the new logistics center is the connection of the GEBHARDT SpeedSorter® loop to the material flow system including PLC control.
The task with which flaconi approached GEBHARDT sounded like a challenge: Within a very short time, the newly developed sorting technology from GEBHARDT was to be implemented together with a large packaging area and the package conveyor technology with connection to the material flow system. In doing so, the strong growth had to be planned into the intralogistics concept and thus offer a flexible and scalable solution. The scope of supply and services of the GEBHARDT products consists of conveyor technology, the new GEBHARDT SpeedSorter® loop crossbelt sorter, the GEBHARDT StoreWare MFS and the PLC control system.
The project was implemented in just nine months. Since then, the fast-growing retailer has been able to respond flexibly and quickly to customer-related orders. On the partial area of approx. 9,000 m², of the total 28,000m² fulfillment center, essentially a large packaging area was created, which includes 305 meters of parcel conveyor technology and automated sorting technology, as well as 274 workstations, in order to pick and ship the orders according to the customer.
The center of the plant is the GEBHARDT SpeedSorter® loop with an overall length of 136 meters. In combination with the various system components goods receiving, warehouse, order picking and shipping, it enables a continuous material flow concept. Until now, the various process steps had to be linked by several parallel conveyor lines. With the implementation of the sorter, flaconi achieves enormous business advantages, as both the internal material flow is optimized and the available space is used effectively.
„With GEBHARDT we had a proactive and innovative partner at our side, on whom I would rely again at any time.“
Kurt-Alexander Westphal, Team Lead Operations Excellence at flaconi
In autumn 2020, the GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group received the order to realise the package conveying and sorting at the online beauty pure player flaconi. The highlight of the new logistics centre is the connection of the new GEBHARDT SpeedSorter® loop to the material flow system including PLC control. After only nine months, the fast-growing retailer can now react flexibly and quickly to customer-related orders on an area of 28,000m2 at the Halle location.
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