LMC Caravan opts for logistics solutions from Jungheinrich
18 August 2017
Automated small parts warehouse provides space for 9,600 containers with a footprint of 600 x 400 mm
Two EKX516k narrow-aisle stackers to handle storage and order picking in manual, four-aisle warehouse
Jungheinrich software solutions guarantee smooth management of material flows
The LMC Caravan company from the west German town of Sassenberg has commissioned the intralogistics experts at Jungheinrich to implement the warehouse and material flow technology at its new logistics facility – this was made public in a joint announcement by the two companies on Thursday. LMC Caravan, which manufactures caravans and mobile homes for the European market, is expanding the logistics system at its Sassenberg production location to cope with the company’s growth over the past few years. The goal is to optimise material flows within the company’s overall logistics operations. The new contract includes the construction of an automated small-parts warehouse with space for 9,600 containers as well as the construction of a narrow-aisle warehouse with space for 3,801 pallet slots. “We were won over by Jungheinrich’s logistics solutions because they will provide us with a sustainable basis for future logistics requirements at our Sassenberg location. I look forward to working jointly with Jungheinrich and to the successful implementation of this project,” remarks Timo Tesch, Head of Logistics at LMC Caravan. The automated small parts warehouse will be connected via conveyor equipment to a total of four work stations, which are set up to handle not only the storage, but also the order picking of goods. Each work station is connected with a second one so that they can use the same transport routes. To ensure the maximum utilisation of space within the 12.5 metre high building, the automated small parts warehouse has been designed for the double-depth, lateral storage of containers and trays with a footprint of 600 x 400 mm, making possible a particularly narrow building design. The Jungheinrich Warehouse Management System (WMS), which features the integrated Jungheinrich Warehouse Control System (WCS), will be used to manage the operation of the automated small parts warehouse. To optimise access times, the WCS/WMS chooses from a variety of strategies that maximize the overall system performance. Measuring 77 m in length by 21 m in width, the warehouse building has a base area of 1,630 m². Apart from the automated small parts warehouse, the building also houses the narrow-aisle warehouse with four full-scale aisles. Here, two Jungheinrich EKX 516k forklifts with telescopic forks are in operation. Both of these narrow-aisle stackers are guided by an inductive wire, while the Jungheinrich warehouse navigation system manages the partially automated approach to stacking locations. Further racking systems are planned for the plywood, coil and cantilever warehouse.