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WKS Builds Dispatch Warehouse with Klinkhammer

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.

Full concentration on what we do best - this is the motto of the WKS Group. At WKS, everything is about high-quality web offset printing in large print runs. The objectives are clearly defined: Speedier than others, high-performance, guaranteed production-safe and flexible. The world's largest and first 160 pages printing machine was already put into operation at the Wassenberg site in 2013; another 160 pages and the world's first 120 pages machine will be put into operation in May 2017. In 2015, the WKS Group was awarded as first web printing company with the "Blue Angel" environmental label. Consequently, high demands are also made on intralogistics.

With the new automated warehouse solution, designed by the Klinkhammer Group and set up and realized until autumn 2017, the WKS Group consistently pursues the objective to align to the needs and requirements of the customers and to combine latest technology in such a way that economic and ecological requirements are optimally combined. Due to the high growth rates, an automated pallet high-bay warehouse with four aisles is planned to ensure the required storage capacity and warehouse performance. A bridge connects the materials handling components to the already existing building complex. With a pallet loading height of 1 to 2 meters, a total number of 10,272 storage locations are available in the double-deep high-bay warehouse with a retrieval capacity of up to 160 pallets per hour. With this space-saving, cost-optimized silo-type design, the heat-insulating façade is directly mounted to the shelving. The KlinkWARE® warehouse management system forms the core of the automated warehouse. It links the complete warehouse and shipping operation with the production and is linked to the higher-level ERP system via an interface. Thanks to a remote access for monitoring and supporting the system, it is possible to identify and eliminate quickly and reliably irregularities by means of the teleservice. The Klinkhammer visualization tool, which is linked to the plant control system, increases system reliability and minimizes the system downtimes. The storage and retrieval cranes are equipped with a 180° camera system for monitoring the high-bay warehouse.

Data and Facts:

  • Automated high-bay warehouse in silo-type design for europallets, around 30 m high
  • 10,272 storage locations, aisle length of 51 m
  • 4 storage and retrieval cranes for pallets with a load carrying capacity of 1,000 kg
  • Conveyors between production, high-bay warehouse and shipping department
  • Sequenced stock removal from the high-bay warehouse in the order required
  • KlinkWARE® warehouse management system for the entire dispatch warehouse 6 truck loading bays