From storage to production supply, a high-bay warehouse is automated
Jungheinrich has optimised the existing high-bay warehouse of the global technology group and automotive supplier ZF in Schweinfurt, Germany.
In future, the entire material flow from storage to production supply will be automated. The intralogistics experts from Hamburg supplied a single-source integrated installation, which has now been completed.
The initial position in ZF’s high-bay warehouse encompassed 985 rack storage locations for pallet cages, large plastic load carriers and Euro pallets. These were distributed over five aisles that were 17.7m long and 6.25m high. Production components previously came into the warehouse via a security door system and were deposited there manually. To fully automate this process, including racking, narrow-aisle storage and the transport from the security door to the warehouse, Jungheinrich delivered the racking system with area access control as well as the conveyor systems.
The pallets and boxes will in future pass through a triple control along the conveyor system: clearance, weight and contour controls. After the barcode is read automatically, they are transported to the high-bay warehouse via roller conveyors on two sides.
There, a driverless and automated version of the standard Jungheinrich EKX narrow-aisle truck (EKX 516ka), takes over. It transports the loading units to their correct locations in the ZF warehouse – around the clock. Rails along the racking on the aisles supply the EKX 516ka with electricity. It is equipped with an on-board battery charger.
“Thanks to inductive steering and its short design, the EKX 516ka is perfect for precise navigation in narrow aisles,” explains Susanne Zitzmann, project lead at Jungheinrich.
Notification about stacking and picking takes place directly and without manual scanning from the forklift to the warehouse management system, which leads to even greater efficiency. Jungheinrich also supplied ZF in Schweinfurt with a Warehouse Control System (WCS) featuring an integrated material flow calculator.
“One of the main reasons we chose Jungheinrich was exactly this all-inclusive package,” say Dominik Hüllmantel, project lead at ZF, and Andre Hofmann, team lead of intralogistics at ZF, explaining their awarding of the contract to the Hamburg company. “The EKX 516a-operated rack warehouse is efficient, given the complexity of our processes and the limited availability of space.”
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