With the company’s future growth in mind, packaging manufacturer delo: Dettmer Verpackungen GmbH & Co. KG decided it needed an automated distribution center. As the general contractor for this project, Westfalia delivered an intelligent system solution providing tailored material flows and more effective warehouse logistics.
The main project involved merging the existing manual warehouse and shipping operations within one new facility. “Besides the coherent concept provided and the fact that the bid was in line with the market, the proximity to the site was the decisive factor in our decision to go with Westfalia”, stated Jan Bünnemeyer, Head of Logistics at delo.
Westfalia’s sophisticated logistics concept included a high-bay warehouse with extensive conveyor technology and automated loading and unloading as well as the supply of a shuttle truck. The double-deep storage system is served by three storage and retrieval machines (SRMs) with telescopic forks, which are supplied in turn by incoming and outgoing conveyor technology. A staging area for shipping operations has also been incorporated.
Everything is controlled by the Savanna.NET® warehouse management software, which communicates with the customer’s own ERP system. The logistics software is responsible for coordinating cross-plant material flow and compiling orders. This includes managing batch information, generating shipping labels and, finally, assigning shipping orders and providing them in the right sequence.