New narrow aisle warehouse provides greater efficiency for bau-for-mat
We created a complete intralogistics solution in just seven months for bau-for-mat Küchen in Löhne. It consists of a narrow aisle warehouse with warehouse navigation capability, all integrated with an in-house warehouse navigation system. They now benefit from far greater efficiency and safety.
As part of the Bauformat group of companies, bau-for-mat Küchen in Löhne is one of the top 10 German kitchen manufacturers. The company produces five hundred quality fitted kitchens per day, which naturally have to be stored prior to being transported to suppliers. “Then, the fronts of the units were distributed throughout the building“, as technical manager Torsten Grziwa described the old storage principle. To make this more effective, we developed a concept study along with bau-for-mat with the aim of creating a bespoke intralogistics solution. Their focus: A central narrow-aisle warehouse in which narrow aisle trucks with warehouse navigation, a radio system and the warehouse management system (WMS) all work in harmony.
Greater efficiency due to RFID warehouse navigation
“The improvements made compared to the old system could not be greater. Finally everything is centrally located in one warehouse”, says Grziwa. An agile EKX 513k electric combi-truck and two EKS 312 vertical order pickers that communicate with a WMS via RFID can be found in the new narrow-aisle warehouse. It is integrated via intralogistics processes and automatically navigates the fork lift trucks directly to their target. This means that bau-for-mat doesn’t just save time and energy, they also benefit from noticeably greater productivity and flexibility. The throughput is increased by up to fifteen percent due to our warehouse navigation. The chaotic storage locations also meant that the WMS led to increased production. As a result, order pickers can carry out up to fifty percent of picking orders in an aisle. At the same time this system ensures safe stock levels. Only the WMS knows where specific parts are.
Intralogistics from a single source
"Everything is made under one roof", says Torsten Grziwa, emphasizing a major advantage of our solution. "It was important for us to find a competent contact that would carry out the project quickly and smoothly. Other manufacturers did not offer a fully comparable solution.” The new warehouse was ready for operation in just seven months. If we deduct from this the four months that was spent on the building and its internal fitments alone, including fire protection systems, we see how quickly the all-in-one intralogistics solution was realised. All components are perfectly harmonised in the new warehouse and ensure that processes are much more fluid.