Medical device manufacturer Ofa Bamberg expands and retrofits logistics center
Nuremberg/Bamberg (06/2018) – As one of the leading manufacturers of medical compression stockings, orthopedic supports and ortheses with about 600 employees and a success story extending over 90 years, Ofa pursues a clear demand: maximum comfort and attractive looks at best effect. The product design of Ofa won numerous international awards.
As of 20th of June our company name changes from "A. Klinkhammer Förderanlagen Kreative Lager- und Produktionslogistik GmbH" to "Klinkhammer Intralogistics GmbH".
The amendment is made due to our increasingly international focus and, at the same time, results in simplification. Please forward this information to the relevant office to carry out the amendment. Of course, all existing contracts, agreements, contact persons, etc. remain unchanged and valid. Please send your future correspondence to "Klinkhammer Intralogistics GmbH". We are looking forward to a continued successful and trusting new period.
Nuremberg / Vienna (05/2018) – After successful completion of logistics planning Klinkhammer secured a contract as general contractor to realize the warehouse automation and digital networking project for the logistics center of Spiral Reihs & Co. KG, in Austria. At the new site in Wien-Inzersdorf, around 5 km away from the current site of the tools and machinery dealer Spiral, a new administration and logistics building will be realized.
Nuremberg / Munich (04/2018) – With around 4,700 employees, TTI Inc. is one of the leading global distributors for passive, discrete and electromechanical components as well as performance, sensor and connector components. The European headquarters is in Maisach near Munich. TTI awards Klinkhammer a contract to equip the various warehouse systems of the new distribution center with uniform control technique and superset Klinkhammer warehouse management system including materials flow computer. The aim is to increase the performance of the overall system and to make the flows of material even more efficient. The integration process includes amongst others shelf storage systems, lift, autostore, shuttle and pallet storage systems as well as conveyors and 75 packaging stations.
Nuremberg (12/2017) - On the LogiMAT exhibition, the Klinkhammer Group will present in hall 1, booth 1C46, the extension of its software portfolio in the field of WMS and materials flow control. In addition to KlinkWARE®, Klinkhammer now offers together with its partner SWAN also SAP Extended Warehouse Management to be able to supply turnkey warehouse management solutions within its SAP World.
Nuremberg / Turkey (02/2018) – Regardless of barrels and big bags or unmixed pallets with packaging material – at Sanofi’s production site in Lüleburgaz/Turkey more than 1,000 euro-pallets daily are moved over the conveyors installed in the incoming goods and shipping department. The Sanofi group, headquartered in Paris, is one of the world’s leading healthcare suppliers. According to the IMS, Institute for Healthcare Informatics, Sanofi is the fourth-largest pharmaceutical company around the world and has been renowned in the ambitious emerging markets for a long time. The expansion of the product portfolio resulted in an increasing need for new conveyor technology solutions allowing to smoothly handle pallets with a weight of up to one ton.
Nuremberg (08/2017) - The Klinkhammer Group has built an automated deep freeze warehouse for temperatures down to -22°C for the company Frischdienst Walther, a food delivery wholesaler located in Kitzingen, supplying restaurants, hotels and large-scale consumers. Thanks to the tray technology used, it is now possible to store a wide variety of different package sizes in a cost-effective manner. The focus is on short distances, a minimum cooling loss and significant increase of efficiency in the warehouse through automation.
Nuremberg (07/2017) - From component supplier to intralogistics solution provider. The Klinkhammer Group today is considered one of the leading providers in Europe. In 1972, Adolf Klinkhammer founded the one-man company A. Klinkhammer in the basement of his resi-dential house. The experienced intralogistics expert has decisively influenced and shaped the change in the warehouse by providing automation solutions.
Nuremberg (05/2017) - The WKS Group is one of the leading web offset printing companies in German-speaking Europe. At the Wassenberg site, WKS realizes in cooperation with the Klinkhammer Group a new automated dispatch warehouse for magazines, catalogues and brochures. By implementing the new dispatch warehouse, the storage space will be increased considerably and the growth of the WKS Group be guaranteed by a capacity buffer.
Nuremberg (03/2013) - With KlinkVISION®, the Klinkhammer Group presents a new intelligent diagnosis and maintenance tool. The innovative Maintenance Tool with operating life oriented maintenance indicator supports the operating and service staff with preventive maintenance activities.
Nuremberg (01/2017) - With KlinkVISION® the Klinkhammer Group presents a new generation of system visualization. The intuitive structure with quick views and the user-friendly design support the operating and service staff and allow a fast alarm diagnosis in the warehouse. This minimizes downtimes and maximizes the system availability. A mobile version for touch panels is available as well. Shortly, there will be available a version for smartphones.
Nuremberg/Wiesentheid (07/2016) – digital networking, production logistics 4.0 – these are the two slogans that will be in the spotlight of the fourth Klinkhammer Intralogistics Day (KIT). What is so special about the KIT is its focus on practice. Participants will look forward to guided tours through the recently completed logistics system of Göpfert (machines for processing corrugated board) and the logistics center of BIG (toys) with lectures giving an insight into the details of the systems. From practice – for practice.
Nuremberg (06/2016) - In a national comparison of consultants the Klinkhammer Group has been awarded as TOP CONSULTANT. The seal identifies consultants having specialized in small to mid-sized enterprises and offering special services.
Nürnberg/Gollhofen (04/2016) - Following the successful realization and commissioning of the 1st expansion stage 2014, the Klinkhammer Group now was also contracted for the 2nd expansion stage by Frankana, one of the leading wholesalers for camping and leisure equipment. The expansion will be realized at the end of 2016 and will provide again an optimization of the processes by means of connecting intelligently the storage areas using conveyors.
Nuremberg, 09.03.2016 - The Klinkhammer-Group presents at this year's LogiMAT, in hall 1, booth C46, its new multilevel shuttle KlinCAT®. This warehouse vehicle is a high-performance hybrid system in lightweight design that combines an automatic storage/retrieval crane and a shuttle system, featuring a drive axis speed of 4 m/s and an acceleration of 2 m/s2.
Nuremberg (19.12.2015) - The Klinkhammer Group builds for Hügli, an international Swiss food company with 1.350 employees, an automated high-bay warehouse designed as a silo with 2 pre-zones, an automatic bin storage system and a refrigerated storage at the Radolfzell site. With this project, the focus is placed on the efficient connection of the warehouses to the production via conveyors and on the integration of order picking workstations including weighing and mixing for a fast production supplies. The Hügli Nahrungsmittel GmbH invests around 30 million Euros in the expansion of the Radolfzell site in Germany.
Nuremberg / Wolfsburg (23.11.2015) - Also the third KIT - Klinkhammer Intralogistik Tag (Klinkhammer Intralogistics Day) was a big success. At the Wolfsburg site of IMPERIAL Logistics International more than 40 participants had the chance to become informed about the most recent trends and technologies in intralogistics and to have a close look at the automated small-parts warehouse of IMPERIAL LOGISTICS International. One highlight of the KIT: the presentation of the new Warehouse-Management-System KlinkWARE®.
Nuremberg (12.11.15) – With the Warehouse-Management-Software KlinkWARE® the Klinkhammer Group presents a new generation of warehouse management software and material flow control. KlinkWARE® sets a milestone in terms of speed and intuitive operation and is a pioneer in the field of lean touchscreen operation.
Nuremberg / Munich (24.07.2015) - The company Schaltbau GmbH, one of the leading manufacturers of electromechanical products for traffic equipment and industrial applications, modernizes its control system for the existing tote storage system and the associated connection to the conveyor system
Nuremberg / Wiesentheid (29.04.2015) - The company Göpfert Maschinen GmbH, one of the leading machine manufacturers for processing corrugated cardboard worldwide, expands its Wiesentheid site by adding warehouse and assembly facilities of 14.000m2. The contract for automating the warehouse went to the Klinkhammer Group headquartered in Nuremberg, one of the leading materials flow and intralogistics experts in Germany.
Nürnberg/Boizenburg (25.02.2015) – One of the most recent sweets production factories in Europe is expanded. To establish a new product line on the market, the company-owned semi-finished product warehouse is realigned. The contract for automating a further extension level has been awarded to the Klinkhammer Group headquartered in Nuremberg, one of the leading material flow and intralogistics experts in Germany.
Nuremberg/Stuttgart (02/16/2015) – At the LogiMAT 2015, the Klinkhammer Group presented itself as general contractor for overall intralogistics concepts. The Klinkhammer specialists placed one focus on automated material flow concepts as currently realized for HANSMANN Logistik, the company Feiler GmbH or the candy manufacturer Sweet Tec. Another focus of Klinkhammer at this year‘s LogiMAT was the software solution DC21 WMS.
Nürnberg/Hohenberg (10.02.2015) – To satisfy the increased demand for chenille products the management of Feiler decided to invest in the complete renewal of the existing racking system for the primary material "chenille yarns", realizing this project together with the intralogistics experts of the Klinkhammer Group.
Nuremberg (12/5/2014) – Working as independent intralogistics expert company, the Klinkhammer Group will take new ground by applying its 360° philosophy. It’s no longer just about single components, software or plant layouts, but instead more about making an holistic approach – from analysis, planning and software development to project realization and service24/7. At the LogiMAT 2015, visitors will get a chance to meet the Klinkhammer Group in hall 1, at booth 1C44.
Nuremberg (11/12/2014) – „Maximum order customization" - this issue was at the focus of the 2nd Klinkhammer Intralogistics day which took place on 4.11.2014 at Marburg Wallcoverings in Kirchhain. In lectures, discussions and presentations, participants had an opportunity to learn more about the latest trends in automation. The intralogistics day was crowned by an exclusive guided tour through the logistics center of Marburg Wallcoverings which incorporates the fully automated intralogistics solution made by Klinkhammer. The participants – all logistics, warehouse, operating and IT experts from across Germany - again were very much impressed by the combination of theory and practice.
The Marburger Tapetenfabrik (Marburg Wallcoverings) is one of the leading wallpaper manufacturers worldwide. In order to continue to play a leading role on the market, Marburg Wallcoverings opts for a fully automated intralogistics solution designed and worked out by the Klinkhammer Group. On the occasion of the next stage of expansion of the logistics center of Marburg Wallcoverings, the intralogistics specialist Klinkhammer invited all interested parties to join the Klinkhammer Intralogistics Day (KIT) on site in Kirchhain. On the 2nd KIT, logistics, warehouse, operating and IT-specialists learned about how they can organize their logistics even more efficiently. While in 2013 the 1st KIT event in Nuremberg focused on the issue “Added values through process optimization”, this time everything was all about the topic “Maximum order customization”. In his keynote presentation, Bernd Kratz, managing director of the EMA Executive Management Advisors GmbH, outlined the trends in intralogistics with special focus on the “Dynamic E-Commerce”. His thesis: “Multi-channel” does not only revolutionize the commercial retail landscape, but also logistics and intralogistics. The future belongs to automation without standardization. A guided tour through the logistics center of Marburg Wallcoverings demonstrated how automation technology can respond flexibly to a wide variety of requirements. The motto of the KIT 2014 "Maximum order customization" was selected for good reason. “Order customization will become more and more vital for the future of intralogistics and we managed to put this into practice, here in Kirchhain at our customer Marburg Wallcoverings, by having realized a highly flexible and automated solution" explained Frank Klinkhammer, managing director of the Klinkhammer Group.
Besides the keynote and the guided tour through the logistics center, the program offered presentations, lectures and round table discussions to the participants. The managing director of the Marburger Tapetenfabrik, Ulrich Eitel, opened the proceedings. He gave all participants the rare opportunity to take a look behind the scenes, presented the product portfolio and the logistics concept. Ulrich Eitel of the Marburger Tapetenfabrik: “We are operating logistics at the highest level, because logistics is one of the major, integral parts of our daily business.” Following the introduction, Frank Klinkhammer outlined the details of the 360° philosophy of the Klinkhammer Group. With the 360° approach, Klinkhammer offers a new way in intralogistics. It is no longer only about single components, software or plant and system layouts; it is rather a matter of promoting a holistic approach. From analysis, planning and software development to project realization and service - 24 hours a day. In the afternoon, Frank Bennemann, managing director of AK warehouse solutions, addressed the topic of logistics software. His opinion: The best software is not the software that covers everything, but the software that makes all of this possible. The software DC21-WMS® exactly meets these requirements.
Enthused and inspired participants
“The Klinkhammer Intralogistics Day is an ideal opportunity to exchange ideas and information about trends and logistics solutions in a much focused environment and to merge theory and practice” points out Hagen Schumann, head of the sales and consulting team of the Klinkhammer Group. “The participants can gain useful information for their everyday work.” Of course, the 25 participants had enough time for discussions and to benefit from the various experiences – both during the day and during the evening event in Marburg. “All in all a quite successful event with interesting presentations”, confirmed Dirk Barthel of Nestlé. “Especially the visualization of the warehouse management software was of key interest for me, as the WMS constitutes the interface to the system/plant operator.” Ferdinand von Alvensleben, purchasing office of German Iron Merchants, emphasizes “I like to have a look at systems in operation directly on site. This shows exactly in practice what customer and supplier have achieved in intralogistics by their joint endeavor” Also next year, again a KIT - Klinkhammer Intralogistics Day will take place.
About the Klinkhammer Group
As independent intralogistics expert, the Klinkhammer Group realized solutions for all branches of industry and company sizes and has been one of the leading providers in Germany for more than 40 years. The spectrum of services ranges from optimizing warehouses and expanding plants to building completely new centers of distribution. The Klinkhammer Group sees itself as lifetime partner from analysis and planning to software development and turnkey delivery – including “All-round care” package thanks to the Service24 concept. Software solutions such as the DC21 Warehouse Management System and the ConVIS visualization program allow the Klinkhammer customers an efficient and simple way of working. With the 360° approach, the Klinkhammer Group offers its customers solutions that are customized optimally to the respective requirements - a future-proof investment.
Nuremberg (11/7/2014) – Since 2010, the Klinkhammer Group has been realizing and implementing various extensions of the intralogistics system at Marburg Wallcoverings. By implementing a fully-automated high bay warehouse section and a small parts warehouse, introducing a new intralogistics concept and installing new workstations in the shipping area, throughput times were minimized, ordering times reduced and transparency was increased.
The Marburger Tapetenfabrik (Marburg Wallcoverings) has more than 4,000 wallpapers in its range of products and thus is one of the leading wallpaper manufacturers worldwide. Founded in 1845, 169 years ago, Marburg Wallcoverings nowadays stands for creativity, innovation and reliability. All wallcoverings are exclusively “made in Germany”. The product range is supplied to more than 80 countries all over the globe. Being a full-line supplier, Marburg Wallcoverings offers quality wallpapers to suit any requirement, design object products made by artists like for example Harald Glööckler, Ulf Moritz or Luigi Colani and technical wallcoverings for industrial buildings and hotels.
New requirements ask for new concepts
While formerly large quantities were ordered, the customers nowadays order custom-fit quantities which they immediately pass on to the end user. Hence, also Marburg Wallcoverings assumes the role of a kind of intermediate storage for many of its retailers which has to serve the market in a highly flexible, rapid and reliable manner. The Klinkhammer Group headquartered in Nuremberg developed the intralogistics concept and implemented the system solution to meet this requirement. Since 2010, the Nuremberg-based independent automation and intralogistics experts have been taking care of the different sub-areas. The primary goal always stayed the same: reducing throughput times to a minimum, further cutting down the ordering- and delivery times and increasing transparency of the movements of goods by means of fully-automated solutions and processes. At the beginning of this year, the high-bay warehouse was enlarged by two aisles, thus increasing the capacity to 22,884 storage locations.
Efficient Distribution of Goods across High-Bay and Small-Parts Warehouse
The pallets with the goods packed in cardboard boxes leave the production area and are then transported directly to the high-bay warehouse via a conveyor bridge. Once arrived, the goods are distributed evenly and stored in the warehouse fully automatically. The dual load handling device with parallel replenishment unit guarantees maximum efficiency. When storing the goods in the warehouse, criteria such as sales frequency or production sequence are of essential importance, because many customers are seeking wallpapers which are identical in color, especially when reordering designer and exclusive wallcoverings. This data is stored in the Klinkhammer warehouse management system. This way, it is possible to store the goods such that the individual customer needs and the market and delivery conditions are met.
Logistics center as key element
The logistics center is situated at the front end of the newly built high-bay warehouse of Marburg Wallcoverings. It is the key element for all logistic processes. Here, 12 order picking stations have been built for picking goods from cardboard boxes. At each work station, the necessary picking information are provided by displays. Thanks to the cardboard boxes being clearly labelled right from the start, traceability at any time and on all levels is no problem. Once the consignment is ready for shipment, conveyors ensure that the orders are transported to the labelling station and finally to the different shipping areas. The labelling system has been certified for all large shipping companies such as Deutsche Post or UPS.
Considering even small quantities
Small orders, supplier samples, brochures or promotional products are retrieved from the adjacent automated small parts warehouse and then directed to the picking workplaces for small quantities. These workplaces as well are located in the logistics center in front of the high-bay warehouse. Here, products are repacked and automatically transported on to the next station. Deliveries containing complete orders are conveyed automatically to the i-point where forklift trucks transport them to the shipping zone.
Transparency right from the beginning
The Klinkhammer warehouse management software guarantees permanent and continuous transparency of all movements of the goods in the warehouse. The software registers the flow of incoming goods into the warehouse, arranges daily tours and merges them centrally in the logistics center. The software also ensures capturing the goods leaving the warehouse by scanning them. In the dispatch area, finally the single orders are documented by scanning them again shortly before loading. This way, all information are available at any time and company resources can be planned in the best way.
Shipping with more efficiency and reliability
In December 2014, Marburg Wallcoverings will again increase its dispatch quality in a further system section. The shipping area for mixed pallets will then be changed from 4 shipping stations so far to 26 individual workplaces. In the past, up to 6 pallets had to be picked at each station. Now a picking station is assigned to each pallet. This way, it is possible to process 26 orders simultaneously. For this new concept, the focus was placed on higher efficiency and reliability in order processing by means of a clear allocation. “Of course, the picking staff at Marburg Wallcoverings already now is guided intelligently via put-to-light. The new concept, however, and the single workplaces featuring touchscreens and scanners will make work even more easy”, explained Frank Klinkhammer, managing director of the Klinkhammer Group.
Data and Facts: The Klinkhammer system at one glance
- Top Eagle Garment successful with new Klinkhammer concept
- Order picking directly at the supplier’s location
- Expensive stock outs in the basic product range are avoided
- Put-to-Light ensures simple process sequences and minimizes errors
Nuremberg/Heshan – Whether Jack Wolfskin, Voelkl, Pearl Izumi, or Jako-o – in the textile trade speed and quality of delivery are of vital importance. One important aspect here is shortening the logistic processes. Here, Top Eagle Garment – with its production sites in the Chinese provinces of Hubei and Guangdong – among other things relies on the concept of store-specific order picking. As such, Top Eagle Garment not only takes care of the production of goods, but acts also as central warehouse for its customers. In the past, textiles were delivered to the customers according to item. Today, the textiles are kept in stock at Top Eagle Garment and then delivered “just in time” and in a store-specific way to the respective stores in Europe, the USA or Japan.
The intralogistics specialist Klinkhammer, headquartered in Nuremberg, was chosen as partner to develop and realize this concept. “In 2010, the first meetings took place. This was followed by an almost two-year phase of intensive planning and realization", explained Frank Klinkhammer, managing director of the Klinkhammer Group. “In the beginning of 2013, the system went live.” Since then, the system has been running perfectly allowing Top Eagle Garment to focus its range of services and supply on the customer needs.
No more intermediate steps
The new intralogistics concept by Klinkhammer has been developed such that Top Eagle Garment with its product range is able to significantly reduce the process times and costs for its customers. Labelling, packaging and shipment to the single stores – everything is controlled by the system of Top Eagle Garment. The customers do not have to maintain storage capacities at their locations. The same applies also to NOS-goods (never-out-of-stock goods). These goods are in stock at Top Eagle Garment. Thanks to the intralogistics system, Top Eagle Garment guarantees that the basic product range is always available in the single stores. Here as well, the advantages for the customer are obvious: Reduced capital commitment, no inventory overhang and time savings.
Perfect complement: a combination of manual and automated processes
Unlike in Western European countries, payroll costs in Asia are comparatively low. Consequently, the manual share in the processes is often higher. This applies also to the system planned by Klinkhammer. From the Top-Eagle Garment production sites in Heshan and Hubei, the textiles are transported on trolleys and in bundles to the new receiving stations. For a clear identification, the textiles are scanned individually and pre-sorted for storage in combs using put-by-light technology. Storage itself then is done with pick mobiles linked via W-LAN also using put-to-light technology.
Also when order picking, the mobile pick solution is of central importance. The order is picked directly into the respective shipping carton. Once the picking process has been initiated, the order picker puts together the goods by order, specific to the store, using the pick mobiles developed by Klinkhammer especially for this purpose. A clear allocation is guaranteed by pick-by-light technology. Following completion of the order picking process for the single stores, the export cardboard boxes are transported to the packing stations, closed and labelled with a customer-specific label including all export-relevant data.
Comprehensive service, pre-acceptance testing and training in Nuremberg
“When planning an intralogistics system in China, you must be aware of the special market requirements. This ranges from planning and export of the machine parts to training and instructing the employees” says Frank Klinkhammer. Acceptance testing of single project steps in a “live system” in the Klinkhammer test center in Nuremberg has proven to be a real advantage. This way, it was possible to present the system and the functional interactions in detail and to carry out a pre-acceptance test and staff training. “Four years ago, we started to realize a vision in joint cooperation with Klinkhammer. We wanted to offer our clients more than just the production of high-quality textiles. Today we are a full-range partner and offer added value to the supply chain to reduce the customer's workload. Together with the Klinkhammer Group (Nuremberg) we realized a highly flexible intralogistics system that allows us to perfectly satisfy the individual customer requirements and shorten the supply processes to a considerable extent” explained Egle who is in charge of the project at Top Eagle Garment.
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About Top Eagle Garment
Top Eagle Garment is a manufacturer of so-called "Active Sportswear". Founded 2001 in China, the scope of services and supply has been continuously expanded and investments have been made in modern production capacities. Today, Top Eagle Garment is able to manufacture knitted and woven textiles of high quality at an extremely favorable price – comprehensive service included. With production facilities in China and Thailand Top Eagle Garment supplies products to leading sportswear vendors worldwide.