Automated logistics for small orders.
Great speed
Doubling
storge
capacities for
Part of the leading manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components in Europe.

Automated logistics for small orders

THE 
GOAL:
GREAT SPEED

The customer service is Würth Elektronik eiSos' flagship division, especially the free sample supplies to the developers. Since 2016, the electronics expert has had a sophisticated logistics centre in Waldenburg, Germany that allows it to reach consumers even faster and more efficiently. Due to strong sales growth in recent years, Würth decided to expand their existing warehouse in the course of a modernisation project and double the capacity of the order fulfillment system.

Background Grid
AT A GLANCE
challenges
mastered
  • INSTALLING A SCALABLE SYSTEM as basis for further growth - third expansion stage already taken into account

  • ALL INTERVENTIONS AND ADAPTATIONS carried out in tight time windows outside business hours

  • USE OF MANY IDENTICAL PARTS to have a positive effect on the Total Cost of Ownership

  • ALL FROM ONE SOURCE The material handling equipment used for the upgrade were supplied and implemented by TGW

  • FAST ADAPTATION for changed article structure and/or order quantities

ABOUT WÜRTH

Würth Elektronik eiSos, part of the Würth Group, is part of the leading manufacturers of electronic and electromechanical components in Europe. The company currently has over 7,000 employees and is active in over 40 countries around the globe via direct sales. The logistics centre in Waldenburg, Germany serves as a central transfer depot for the successful business division.

INITIAL SITUATION
FUTURE 
SUPPLY CHAIN 
STRATEGY

When Würth Elektronik eiSos was founded back in 1984 under the name VBT (short for "Verbindungstechnik," German for "connection technology"), no one could have imagined just how explosive the company's growth would be. The logistics capacities had to be expanded to support the continuous growth in multiple expansion stages. In addition, there were plans to automate processes that had previously been manual. In addition, the company needed a highly dynamic system that could even handle small orders.

SOLUTION & MATERIAL FLOW


GOODS RECEIPT & STORAGE

As soon as the goods arrive at the logistics centre, they are loaded onto the conveyor system in the goods receiving area – either directly in cartons or repackaged in totes. Between the zone in front of the shuttle and the workstation areas, there is a central high-performance distributor loop that distributes the packages to picking, packaging and warehouse.

Before the goods are fed to the shuttle warehouse with six lanes, the automatic measurement takes place in order to generate an optimal occupancy pattern and maximise storage capacity. 

 

ORDER PICKING & SHIPMENT

This takes place at ten order-picking workstations (GTP). In the empty tote buffer, all totes that are emptied during order picking are distributed to six lines and stacked. Downstream of the packaging area, the routing of the goods terminates at two shipment routes

 

HIGHLIGHTS

SCALABLE SYSTEM

Even in advance, two expansion stages were taken into account to ensure sufficient room for growth. In mirroring the existing system, all interventions and adaptations were able to be carried out in tight time windows outside business hours.

All interventions and adaptations were able to be carried out in time windows outside business hours.

ERGONOMIC GOODS-TO-PERSON WORKSTATIONS

More efficient order picking, including for small order quantities, was achieved through the use of ergonomic goods-to-person workstations. This is reflected in the high level of customer orientation that distinguishes Würth Elektronik eiSos. The company's trademark is free sample supplies to developers.

An ergonomic goods-to-person workstation makes efficient order picking possible.

KEY FIGURES

  • Shuttle warehouse locations: up to 170,000 (depending on load carrier size)
  • High-performance loop: 2,700 load carriers per hour
  • Output per shuttle lane: 300 totes in and out per hour 
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Erich Schlenkrich
Industry Manager Industrial & Consumer
TGW Logistics Group GmbH
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