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Press Release - SUPPLY CHAIN AUTOMATION

Keck stores its pasta automatically now
Westfalia inaugurates new freezer warehouse with satellite technology

 

Press Release - SUPPY CHAIN AUTOMATION

 

BORGHOLZHAUSEN/ OFFINGEN, April 2011 - In December of 2009, as part of its long-term logistical plan, Keck Spezialitäten approved a 600 square meter plant expansion and the addition of a high-bay freezer warehouse.  Construction began at Offingen in May of 2010 and recently the facility has been put into operation. Westfalia Logistics Solutions Europe provides the automated materials handling technology and Savanna.NET® warehouse management software, in addition to acting as general contractor on the project.
The automated warehouse is 30 meters high, 29 meters wide and stores 4,000 Euro and industrial pallets. The AS/RS utilizes Westfalia’s Satellite® rack entry vehicle to store pallets 11 to 16 deep in racks 12 storage levels high. This high density design provides the company with more warehouse capacity and gives them the ability to produce in larger quantities. It also reduces set-up times, production waste and other operational costs.
Further the AS/RS integrates storage from a single storage and retrieval machine (SRM) with the existing shipping warehouse via conveyors. “The main goal of the investment is to shorten the supply chain. Thus we not only operate faster but also are able to reduce our costs significantly,” says Stephan Keck, Managing Director of the Keck Spezialitäten GmbH. However, the company focuses on the development of customized solutions, such as individual recipes, shape and size of its pasta and adapts them to the needs of their partners. The warehouse is 30 meters high and 29 meters long and stores 4,000 Euro and industrial pallets, which show different pasta specialties, pasta products and rice.
Savanna.NET® Warehouse Management Software controls and manages all product movements throughout the warehouse. Integrating to the ERP system provided by PDG, Savanna is responsible for route planning and order fulfillment. When the SRM takes the pallet of frozen food out of storage it feeds it to the order picking and shipping area. The existing shipping warehouse was fully integrated into the process. Automating the process means the SRM can accumulate loads for up to 10 trucks and has reduced loading times to around 15 minutes.

 

About Westfalia
Westfalia is an expert in supply chain automation and car park automation. The company designs, manufactures and installs automatic storage, conveyor and order-picking systems (e.g., high-bay warehouses) as well as automated car parking systems (Westfalia CAR-SAFE®). Automation of the entire supply chain includes the control and IT connection of systems to logistics software such as the company’s own Savanna.NET®. Westfalia also links in-house and transport logistics (e.g., by means of automatic loading and unloading systems for lorries). The maintenance, modernization and extension of systems ensure continuous operation and long-term customer partnerships. In its 40-year history, Westfalia has automated more than 675 logistics systems worldwide. The European headquarters of the company is located in Borgholzhausen, Germany, between Bielefeld and Osnabrück and not far from Hannover.

 

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Westfalia Logistics Solutions Europe GmbH & Co. KG
Corporate Communication – Stephanie Linz
E-Mail s.linz[at]WestfaliaEurope.com – Tel. +49(0)5425-808-907 – 33829 Borgholzhausen – Germany

The plant in Bavarian Offingen has just gone into operation.
Westfalia implemented the automated warehouse at Keck Spezialitäten.
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