KWB & Fb INDUSTRY AUTOMATION.

Customised semi-automated small parts warehouse for maximum individuality, flexibility and scalability in intralogistics automation.

SUCCESS STORY

KWB – POWER & HEAT FROM BIOMASS
INTRALOGISTICS AUTOMATION.

For almost 30 years, KWB Energiesysteme GmbH has been renowned for biomass-fuelled power and heat and is synonymous with innovative heating solutions. Around 90,000 customers around the world place their trust in the premium energy systems and complete solutions for renewable heat and electricity from Austria. KWB Energiesysteme GmbH offers individual heating systems for single and multi-occupancy households, agricultural and forestry businesses as well as for commercial and hotel operations.

INITIAL SITUATION.

In the past, KWB Energiesysteme GmbH has relied on a traditional man-to-goods logistics system throughout the whole company. All areas such as production, spare parts packaging or set formation were supplied manually with the necessary components.

THE CUSTOMER’S OBJECTIVE FOR Fb INDUSTRY AUTOMATION.

As part of the expansion of the production hall with state-of-the-art equipment, the company’s aim was to build a two-storey, partially automated small parts warehouse. The aim was to rethink, redesign and implement the logistics of all internal processes relating to incoming goods, picking and outgoing goods in order to make storage and retrieval less complex and to significantly optimise the handling of picking.

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS & CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS.

  • Increase in throughput performance. Objective: 500 containers per hour.
  • Uncomplicated and space-saving storage and retrieval.
  • Optimised handling during order picking.
  • Storage of different small parts.
  • Storage of pallets.
  • Make optimum use of the height of the building to counteract soil sealing.
  • Efficient use of available space.
  • Cooperation with local trades to increase the regional value chain.

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CUSTOMER BENEFITS FROM THE Fb COMPLETE SOLUTION.

Thanks to the new automated small parts warehouse from Fb Industry Automation, KWB is now able to automate processes that were previously controlled manually, for example: production, spare parts packaging or set formation, thereby making order-picking activities much more efficient. With its many years of industry experience and flexibility, Fb Industry Automation was able to support the company in realising the automation – before, during and after the implementation of the small parts warehouse.

CUSTOMISED Fb COMPACT WAREHOUSE.

The Fb compact warehouse offers maximum individuality, flexibility and scalability. Whether with connected conveyor technology for material supply to workstations, as a flow rack or with a compact picking station; the system can be designed and integrated to meet the individual requirements of each customer. In comparison with traditional storage and retrieval machines (SRMs), each system can be expanded with additional shuttles as throughput increases and all load carriers can be accessed manually at any time, even in the event of unforeseen malfunctions.
as throughput increases and all load carriers can be accessed manually at any time, even in the event of unforeseen malfunctions.

TECHNICAL DATA

Fb PALLET RACKS

1,522 pallet bays.

SHELVING RACKS

4,782 container spaces.

CONVEYOR TECHNOLOGY

Incoming goods section with vertical conveyor, Outgoing goods section on two levels with vertical conveyor.

Fb STASH

Automated transport order control by conveyor technology with intuitive user interface.

CONTAINERS

5,000 pcs. KLT system containers including barcode labels and branding.

STEFAN LEITNER

Project Manager, Fb Industry Automation

“Customers with less experience in the field of automation can be particularly sceptical about whether the new, automated system will bring any benefits.
For me, it’s all the better when I hear from the customer’s long-standing employees that the solution makes their work much easier. Another great example of a successful symbiosis between man and machine.”

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