Not moving with the times means being left behind: A saying which shows how important innovation is when it comes to economic competition. In times of digitization, keeping up with technological progress is without alternative – and customers benefit from new developments. The BUHLMANN GROUP has clearly demonstrated this, especially with regard to the warehouse system.
Whether mobile data collection or the automated small parts warehouse in Duisburg, BUHLMANN has been subject to many innovations over the last few years. Two more have now been added at the Burghausen site.
“We have a new narrow-aisle warehouse and have installed two vertical storage systems. That means we save space, pick our goods more efficiently and deliver faster”, says Michael Thölken, Head of Warehouse. The narrow-aisle warehouse for tube accessories has extremely small corridors and with a height of seven meters provides a very high storage density.
The system has an order picker and a high-rack stacker. Both vehicles are steered by an induction loop which makes precise maneuvering through the aisles possible.
1,600 storage spaces in the narrow-aisle warehouse 800 storage spaces in the vertical storage system 300 METERS induction loop length 7 METERS height of the narrowaisle warehouse
The optimal use of space is therefore guaranteed, and, says Michael Thölken, “we can speed up picking considerably and improve our performance”.
In both vertical storage systems for small parts employees handle the goods. Every tower is like a paternoster lift which is moved to reach the desired parts. “We have 800 storage spaces in a very small area and save a lot of room”, explains Michael Thölken.
The optimized workspace and the link to mobile data collection not only makes work easier for the employees. Customers also benefit from the technical improvements: “By reducing large collection spaces we minimize our processing time and we can customize our delivery portfolio”, says Michael Thölken.
The BUHLMANN GROUP is a premium trading company for steel pipes, pipe fittings and accessories around the world. The more than 55,000-ton stock range is spread across nine warehouses.
The company has been continuously changing since its foundation in 1945. It now has more than 700 employees in 18 countries. Here the BUHLMANN GROUP not only relies on its own expertise, but is also consistently developing together with its subsidiary companies.