Automation and digitalisation determine daily activities in intralogistics. This brings along challenges, but also oers huge opportunities to meet the growing competitive pressure and become even more e‑cient. Questions about faster delivery times, error prevention, flexible adaptation to performance peaks, and mapping of very dierent picking tasks can be answered in a customer-specific, flexible, and scalable manner. Leuze also made this experience when it came to building its new international distribution centre. Together with the GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group from Sinsheim, the company implemented an internal conveying and storage technology that optimally absorbs performance peaks without being oversized and can be flexibly adapted to future growth strategies.
The oor pallet warehouse, the high-bay warehouse and the automated small parts warehouse offer various possibilities for expansion in terms of throughput and storage capacity. In addition to the automated small parts warehouse, the conveyor technology with simple and precisely ‑tting system solutions, the multifunctional and ergonomic picking workstations and the warehouse management software GEBHARDT StoreWare were part of the scope of supply.
The small parts warehouse was implemented as a 2-aisle shuttle warehouse with 38 levels each and five GEBHARDT StoreBiter® One-Level-Shuttles (OLS) per aisle.
A vertical lift at the beginning of the aisle transports the shuttle together with the container to the respective storage or retrieval position.
After the container has been placed on the conveyor system, it runs, controlled by Leuze sensors and the GEBHARDT StoreWare, to one of the three multifunctional picking workstations, which are also optimally equipped in terms of ergonomics thanks to a height-adjustable lifting platform.
"We had a very good cooperation over the entire project period. Within twelve months we built the new distribution warehouse. Together with GEBHARDT we realised a exible and scalable automated small parts warehouse and moved and went live within 2.5 days. We are very satis‑ed with the overall project result. After twelve months of realisation, we now have exactly what we wanted. A high-performance plant from GEBHARDT."
Ibrahim Zuva, Director Logistics at Leuze
Leuze electronic GmbH + Co KG has been an international sensor expert in automation technology for over 50 years. Worldwide, more than 1,200 employees at six production sites, 21 subsidiaries and over 40 distributors contribute to the success and growth of the company. Together with the GEBHARDT Intralogistics Group from Sinsheim, the company realised an internal conveyor and storage technology that optimally absorbs performance peaks without being oversized and can be flexibly adapted to future growth strategies. The heart of the new distribution centre is the GEBHARDT StoreBiter® One-Level-Shuttle-Warehouse with ten shuttle vehicles and 38 levels.