BIG-Toys is a company of the Simba-Dickie Group, which sells toys globally and is one of the Top Five in the toy sector. Major brands are, for example, BIG (Bobby Car), Eichhorn, Schuco or HEROS. 2000 Big BOBBY-CARS leave the line every day in Big-Toys, which are delivered to wholesalers and retailers worldwide
The Klinkhammer Group was responsible for planning and realizing the complete intralogistics. The flow of goods comprises the various production and assembly areas – from blow forming and injection molding, to supplying the assembly lines with all necessary components from the semi-finished goods store, to palletizing robots and automatic pallet stretch wrappers, to storing the finished products in the high-bay warehouse – as well as retrieval and picking of customer orders.
Thanks to the use of radio frequency for data transmission all material flow transactions are linked. The heart of the solution is an around 30 meters high silo-type warehouse featuring a capacity of 5,700 pallet storage locations and fully automated “satellite vehicle” stacker crane used for crosswise storage (multiple load handling device, ten pallets deep storage) which ensures storage and retrieval of finished A-goods and fast-moving articles and the supply of goods to 90 order picking lanes. At these picking lanes, individual cartons are picked. Another 9,500 pallet storage locations are available in two manual pallet racking systems where pallets are stored and retrieved by means of high reach trucks. Via the SAP-interface, master data, storage data and order data are received. Same applies to production orders which contain bills of material and are prepared for delivery to production. For this, a production module was integrated in the Klinkhammer WMS. Via conveyors, the production delivers the goods directly to a palletizing robot. Following the automatic load securing, the goods reach the shipping center in the neighbouring building via a conveyor tunnel. Picking orders are broken down to packaging units (order splitting). Hence, a position may consist of pallets, individual cartons and individual pieces and then be processed in an order-related manner or in parallel in several zones. A spacious consolidation zone in the shipping area is used for merging the goods that belong to one order.
Marburg wallcoverings is a highly performing, mid-sized company. Wallpapers manufactured by Marburg wallcoverings reach customers in more than 80 countries all over the world. The full-line supplier offers quality wallpapers for all requirements, luxury wall coverings for an exclusive atmosphere, design objects made by artists like Ulf Moritz, Luigi Colani or Karim Rashid and technical wall coverings for industrial buildings and hotels.
The product range of Marburg wallcoverings comprises more than 4,000 different wall coverings. While formerly large quantities were ordered and stored by the retailers in their stores, nowadays highly flexible and customized orders are in demand. The logistic concept used so far was not able to cope with the trend toward smaller order quantities and shorter cycles.
The responsible managers at Marburg wallcoverings opted for a fully-automated solution for both the high-bay warehouse and the small parts storage section. 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 homogeneously and stored in the warehouse fully automatically. The dual load handling devices with parallel replenishment unit guarantee maximum efficiency. When distributing the goods over the warehouse, criteria such as sales frequency or production sequence play a vital role. This data is stored in the program of the Klinkhammer warehouse management system. The logistics center at the front of the newly built high-bay warehouse is the key element of this logistic solution. 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 on all levels is no problem. Once delivery is ready for shipment, conveyors ensure transporting the orders to the labelling station and finally to the dispatch area. The labelling system has been certified for all large shipping companies such as Deutsche Post or UPS. Small orders, supplier samples, brochures or promotional products are retrieved from the adjacent automatic small-parts warehouse – featuring 15,360 tote storage locations – and then directed to the “picking workplaces for small quantities”. At these workstations products are repacked and automatically transported on to the next station. Deliveries containing complete orders are conveyed automatically to the i-point where they are transported by forklift trucks to the shipping zone.
The Advantages for the Customer
The fully automated solution in all zones of the warehouse increases transparency of the goods movements in the warehouse, minimizes throughput times and cuts down the time from receiving the order to goods shipment. The warehouse management software of Klinkhammer thereby provides a permanent and continuous overview of all logistic flows and access on all levels. Reference Sheet (PDF)
Maschinenfabrik Niehoff is one of the world's leading suppliers of wire drawing machines and drawing lines for the wire and cable industry. More than 700 employees work at the headquarters in Schwabach (close to Nuremberg / Germany) or in one of the ten locations on three continents. For more than six decades, Niehoff has been offering cuttingedge technology for the wire and cable industry.
In order to cope with future growth, a multistage construction project for a new production and logistics location in Schwabach was realized. The logistical core consists of an automatic tray warehouse with about 8,400 storage locations. The aim was to increase the storage density using tray technology, the reduction of throughput times and a significant performance increase.
The three-aisle automatic tray warehouse including pre-zone platform and conveyor loop is designed for 8,400 trays. It offers high flexibility when storing packages of different sizes and heights. The tray warehouse is optimized for three different container heights and is supplied by three highly dynamic automatic storage and retrieval cranes (AS/RS), which are equipped with a special towing device for load handling. Components produced or bought from outside order-related for the production of the NIEHOFF machines are stored here. Steel trays with a sheet thickness of 2 mm ensure the stability of the load carrier when carrying weights of up to 150 kg per tray. A special conveyor technology in special chain design with integrated rubber pads ensures a gentle and low-noise transport of the heavy trays. The pre-zone loop has a performance of 400 trays/h. Four ergonomically designed receiving and order picking stations in the pre-zone of the high-bay warehouse ensure a smooth processing of all small parts orders. They are equipped with scanners, height and overweight controls. The system is controlled by the software of Klinkhammer which is directly connected to the SAP system. The visualization system of Klinkhammer illustrates the material flows.
Advantages for the customer
The three-aisle tray warehouse is a further step to even more efficiency and high storage density in the logistics of NIEHOFF. It is the aim to further improve the quality and increase the profitability of logistics. To achieve this aim, goods receiving, storage and retrieval of goods, order picking and production are connected by state of-the-art conveyor and storage technology.