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

Automated logistics for small orders

THE 
GOAL:
GREAT SPEED

Customer service is the hallmark of Würth Elektronik eiSos; they are known for free sample supplies to developers. Since 2016, the electronics specialist has a sophisticated distribution center based in Waldenburg, Germany, that allows it to reach consumers faster and more efficiently. Due to strong sales growth in recent years, Würth decided to expand their existing warehouse in the course of a modernization project and double the capacity of the order fulfillment system.

Background Grid
AT A GLANCE
Challenges
mastered
  • INSTALLING A SCALABLE FULFILLMENT SYSTEM as the basis for further growth – third expansion stage has already been planned

  • ALL THE EXPANSIONS AND MODIFICATIONS were carried out in tight timeframe outside of business hours

  • BY USING MANY IDENTICAL PARTS, the Total Cost of Ownership was reduced

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

  • THE NEW SYSTEM ALLOWS THE COMPANY TO ADAPT as order structures change and the number of orders increases

ABOUT WÜRTH

Würth Elektronik eiSos, part of the Würth Group, is one 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 selling directly to the customer. The distribution center in Waldenburg, Germany serves as a central transfer depot for this 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 of the company had to be increased in multiple stages to support the dynamic growth. Automation of manual process with the distribution center were included as part of this process. In addition, the company needed a highly dynamic system that could handle small orders. 

SOLUTION & MATERIAL FLOW

GOODS RECEIPT & STORAGE

As the goods arrive at the distribution center, they are loaded onto a conveyor system in the goods receiving area – either directly in cartons or decanted into totes. After receiving, the cartons and totes are sent to a central high-performance conveyor loop that distributes the packages to picking, packaging and a shuttle warehouse.

Before the goods enter the six-aisle shuttle warehouse, they are automatically measured to allow them to be stored optimal to maximize storage capacity. 

 

ORDER PICKING & SHIPping

Order-picking takes place at ten goods-to-person workstations (GTP). Once totes are empty, they are sent to the empty tote buffer, where they are stacked on six lanes. Once goods are picked, they are sent to packing. Downstream of the packing area, the goods are routed to two shipping lanes.

HIGHLIGHTS

SCALABLE SYSTEM

As part of the planning process, 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 (GTP) 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 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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