For more than 50 years, the pharmacist/chemist Walter Bouhon GmbH, Nuremberg, has been active in the development and sale of drugs and skin care products.
The logistics center required for this was built by Klinkhammer and consists of a channel storage including order picking (pick-and-pack) and a dispatch/shipping zone. At the goods receipt, the products delivered are registered and labeled. The goods delivered are collected on several buffer lanes until products have been approved by the Quality Assurance. Following this approval, the stock becomes available and will be stored in the high-bay warehouse.
The minimum stock levels control the replenishment for the order picking zone. The products are retrieved from the channel storage system following the FIFO principle (first-in – first out). This storage technique stands out for its especially high storage density. This storage density can be achieved by multiple-deep storage (up to twelve pallets being stored in a row).
Order picking is done by “picking in stations” with a central initialization point (i-point) where cartons are erected for pick-and-pack operation and placed on transport trays based on the information obtained by the volume calculation. The “picking stations” are equipped with flow racks from which the picker takes the products. At some stations, the fast moving products are picked directly from the pallets. The picking process is controlled via pick-by-light technology after having scanned a transport tray. When picking special articles, a serial number is scanned that ensures unique product identification and completes batch tracing. At the end of the order picking system, you will find a dispatch/shipping zone where packaging and advertising material is added. Here, also special articles are added for special promotion or similar.
In the dispatch area, orders are consolidated and shipping is optimized continuously. Once picking has been completed successfully, the DC21 system returns the order to the Navision System host and to a shipping system. In this way, routing labels, EDI-information and many other, service provider specific information are generated. A manual warehouse, which is operated using manual RF terminals, serves as replenishment store for slow moving items and thus completes the warehousing principle. For further information: PDF-Reference Sheet
Fresenius is the global market leader for dialysis therapies and dialysis products such as dialysis machines, dialyzers and related disposables. In Schweinfurt, Germany, dialysis products are manufactured according to highest standards and Klinkhammer built the component warehouse necessary for this in form of a two-aisle automatic small parts warehouse.
The double-deep storage of containers and trays with insert bins guarantees proper storage of a wide range of products. The warehouse was built wthin 2 stages of construction during ongoing operation.
Automatic storage and retrieval cranes with multiple load handling device ensure a fast and optimized transport as to load changes. The ERP-system by Ordat manages orders and stocks and transfers the transport movements to the material flow computer of the DC21 system. A carriage distributes the storage and retrieval boxes to the stations in the pre-zone of the automatic small parts storage (goods-to-man principle).