The Bremen BUHLMANN GROUP has been using an automatic small parts storage system for several months at its Duisburg branch. The aim is to store the products to save space and to make the shipping process more efficient.
Order picking is already much faster, because robots bring the goods to the employees and they don't need to go and collect the product. With up to 125 removals per hour, the automatic small parts storage system is significantly more efficient than conventional warehouse systems.
The system is self-optimising and constantly prepares the following orders by having the robots on the surface pre-sort the required material. They manage the product groups completely independently. To facilitate this, all goods are stored and picked using a box system. Almost 50,000 containers, referred to as bins, are stored side by side and one on top of the other – up to 24 bins can be stacked on top of each other. The robots collect the products required by travelling across the grid structure and sorting the bins accordingly. The products ordered are then taken to one of the three order picking stations, where a member of staff prepares the items for shipping.
Following order picking, internal processing (markings, sealing face protection and more), packaging and shipping take place directly at the automatic small parts storage system. Direct shipment via a parcel service provider is supported technically by the system and enables online tracking. In future, the period between entering the system and ready-to-collect should be a maximum of three hours. This leads to much faster turnaround times in the entire process and the resulting shorter delivery times ultimately benefit the customer. If the order is available by a given time, the goods are with German customers within 24 hours and with European customers within 48 hours. Another system highlight: it can be extended with little effort at any time in any direction. Obstacles do not matter, the structure is adjusted accordingly.
The BUHLMANN GROUP is a globally operating premium distributor specializing in steel pipes and tubes, pipe-fittings and accessories. With a warehouse capacity of around 55,000 tonnes the BUHLMANN GROUP is one of the largest stockholding traders in Europe.
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The BUHLMANN GROUP, with its head office in Bremen, possesses wide-ranging consulting, project management and logistics expertise, and also provides single-source, full-service solutions. With more than 700 employees worldwide the company currently has a presence in 18 countries.