Reducing storage space costs, increasing capacity

Does your automated high-bay warehouse no longer meet your capacity or throughput requirements? Do your intralogistics no longer meet the demands of your enterprise? Perhaps you are shying away from the costs of a new construction. If so, then expansion is most likely the best solution. Expansion provides several significant advantages. You can use your existing storage system as a basis and significantly increase its storage capacity. Storage space costs may even turn out to be lower than they would have been with a new construction.

Savings potential in construction and technology

Sometimes expansion is better suited for your medium-term planning than a new construction, e.g. if the available commercial space is limited or if the existing buildings are well-suited for an intralogistics reconfiguration. Well-planned expansions can possibly be implemented more quickly and cost-effectively than a new construction. Savings potential also results from the use of existing technology. Existing vehicles such as storage and retrieval machines and transverse transport vehicles are used on an expanded basis, rails are integrated into building extensions, or conveyor connections expanded. We will assist you in recognizing these potentials, comparing them to new construction options, and using them effectively.



Good reasons for expansion

A feasibility study will determine whether or not an expansion can be adapted to your existing storage system or your logistics and is economically viable. Our specialists will base their work on your logistics prospects and thereby develop an individual and sustainable overall concept. An expansion can make sense for different reasons:

  • Expansion of production requiring more capacity
  • Changes in usage requiring additional areas such as picking areas or deep-freeze zones (a conversion can make sense here, too)
  • New performance requirements, e.g. increasing the throughput
  • Logistics changes, e.g. additional or expanded storage and shipping zones
  • Increasing the economic efficiency of a warehouse

Possibilities of expansion

Let us review your existing plant, make expert recommendations, and develop viable concepts. We can connect the software of block warehouses and third-party warehouses, expand your conveyor technology or logistics, or make a functional expansion by connecting a picking area. Expansions increase capacity. To do so, storage systems are extended and expanded. This way, commercial spaces can be optimally used.



Providing tried-and-tested holistic solutions for over 50 years

As one of the leading intralogistics providers for companies of all sizes, we can make your intralogistics package complete. Our competent and experienced team will accompany you every step of the way, from the project planning phase to completion, thereby meeting all your requirements such as rack planning and assembly, control system construction, manufacturing and installation of conveyor units and storage and retrieval machines, programming of the warehouse execution software and the related Wortmann AG hardware from our own group of companies.

This is how we expand your intralogistics

Depending on the level of complexity and scope of the project, the feasibility check and design phase may take from a few days to several weeks. You will receive a clear picture of whether or not the expansion is a realistic option. Even the duration of the actual expansion primarily depends upon how complex the project and the warehouse layout are. During the expansion phase, our goal is always to have a minimal effect on the operational processes. We offer the necessary specialist personnel for all mechanical, electrical, PLC control, software, rack planning and assembly, as well as plant safety requirements.

Expansions are individual projects with an additional planning expenditure that will pay off in terms of growth of your enterprise. With the requisite experience of the entrusted intralogistics specialists, the expansion of your storage capacity can be significantly increased and the logistics possibilities improved.



  • Martin Schaper has been working for Westfalia for more than 30 years, initially for 15 years in the project planning of new systems. He then took on new challenges in the area of modernization. His areas of specialization include the conversion and expansion of automated storage systems. He is motivated by developing successful blueprints for satisfied customers who thereby save both costs and effort.

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