Warehouse Management

Warehouse Management (WMS) Systems & Software, picking, Third party logistics, Inventory control, TMS, YMS, Cross docking, Virtual Warehouse and Web based WMS for optimal stock control in the warehouse.

Siemens improves service with new future proof warehouse

Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery invested £48 million in the Teal Park site

05-Oct-2018
Siemens improves service with new future proof warehouse
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery invested £48 million in the Teal Park site and to consolidate its service and storage operations into a new Global Service Operation Centre to promote health & safety, deliver reduced cycle times and costs while expanding service capabilities. The future-proof centre was delivered on time and budget.

Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery designs, manufactures and services small industrial gas turbines, with an installed fleet of over 3,500 units across 90 countries. 1500 of these remain operational with key customers in the oil and gas industry, industrial customers, hospitals and paper mills.

To gain competitive edge in delivering an industry-leading service to customers, which is essential for business sustainability, Siemens invested £13 million in the total project cost of building a new, Global Service Operation Centre (GSOC) next to its overhaul facility at its Teal Park site in Lincoln, to consolidate its service and logistical operations. The whole site represents an investment of £48million.

Key objectives for the new joint warehousing, engine management, tooling and spare parts facility were to: promote health and safety, facilitate growth, increase cycle speed, expand capabilities and reduce costs within a future-proof operation.

The consolidation included relocating Siemens’ small gas turbine parts, engine and tooling storage, previously located at a site nearby, together with bringing in off-site storage and the operations of the Siemens’ aeroderivative gas turbines group company.

This combined operational footprint of 12,000 square metres would have to fit into the new 7000 square metre GSOC, while also maximising operational efficiency.

Siemens met this challenge through closely collaborating with MHE suppliers to deliver an innovative intralogistics solution to help store and pick the company’s 15,000 SKUs (Stock Keeping Units) – anything from nuts & bolts up to 6-tonne engines.

Bespoke engine racking reduces footprint
The previous facility stored these heavy engines on the warehouse floor, occupying a large footprint with a considerable amount of wasted space above, while also being inefficient for engineers to locate a specific engine. To fit into the 7000 square metre footprint, this ‘air-space’ had to be utilised, while more efficient inventory management was needed to give engines their own ‘bin location’.

The answer was an impressive three-level high engine rack providing 72 locations, served by a wire-guided sideloader. The bespoke design, by BITO Storage Systems using standard beams and uprights, enables engines weighing up to 6-tonnes, and stored on 1-tonne pallets (specially designed by local fabricator Rilmac), to be located on the first beam level as well as ground level. The top-level locations can hold up to 4-tonnes.

Siemens has never racked engines before and this was also the heaviest pallet that BITO has ever stored. A prototype programme that involved a BITO structural engineer in Germany, produced components that were produced and tested at Siemen’s existing site with the heaviest engine – a 6-tonne SGT gas turbine – on a 1 tonne pallet.

The GSOC also includes 700 locations of standard pallet racking for the bulk store and 3650 locations of high-rise VNA racking.

Ten 11 metre high Kardex Remstar XP500 shuttles provide space efficient small parts storage and retrieval.

Safe and efficient internal transport
With health and safety a design priority, Siemens collaborated closely with BITO and Kardex on an innovative driverless internal transport system to separate vehicle and human work areas, while providing swift and safe transfer of items between Goods In, the Kardex Shuttles and the packaging stations.

Six BITO LEO Locative AGVs continuously circulate, following tape laid on the floor. Floor mounted barcodes give each LEO instructions and guide it reliably to a hand-over station where it deposits its tote and collects any awaiting pick-up.

Foldable containers are used for the Internal transport totes. The scheme incorporates empty tote storage above the LEO stations using Carton Live Storage (CLS) as a buffer. When an item is sent across from Goods In for putaway, the component is removed from the tote and put in the appropriate bin of a Kardex unit. The empty collapsible totes are then folded down and fed into the back of a CLS lane to flow to the front, ensuring a tote is available when components are required for the outbound pick up by a LEO.

Small parts picking

The ten Kardex Shuttles offer a total of up to 76,800 locations and optimal small part location flexibility. Each shelf holds ten 600 x 400 mm containers, which can each be segregated into required number and size of bin locations using plastic dividers. This can create a maximum of 80 bin locations per shelf and Siemens has the flexibility to create different sized locations.

Orders picked into a totes are placed on a station to await collection by a LEO to take them to the packaging station, allowing the operatives to get on with their next task. This ‘buffer’ also gives Siemens clear visibility of work-in-progress in each of the areas.

SAP Warehouse Management Software works seamlessly with the solution to keep inventory updated in real time via barcodes.

On time and on budget
Construction of the GSOC commenced in May 2017, with first fix taking place in October 2017 and the warehouse fit-out from end of November. Before Christmas, all of BITO’s racking and the Kardex Shuttles were installed. Hand over of new facility was 21 March, and it went live on 2 April.

Through excellent project management and communications with the suppliers involved, the GSOC was successfully completed within budget and on time to deliver an industry leading service to Siemens’ customers.

Customers were briefed on the benefits of the new facility and a seamless transition saw the full 15k SKU range moved into the new facility within a 6-week period, while maintaining customer service levels throughout.

Key results
The GSOC separates human and busy forklift truck areas by using LEOs to transport goods. Stopping devices on forklifts and LEOs prevent collisions. LEOs also minimise manual handling.

In terms of financial benefits, the £400,000 racking investment represents a huge saving on the additional £3 million required for the original plan to build a 10,000 square metre facility on the constrained site. The racking saves 1500 square metres of footprint, while the Kardex Shuttles save a total of 1200 square metres. The engine rack itself has resulted in a two-thirds reduction of floor space occupied by the engines compared to the previous facility.

The low-cost LEO system gives Return on Investment (ROI) within a year, compared to the typical 5-year period for conventional AGVs. Unlike other AGVs, LEO installation is simple and quick with the units following tape laid on the floor, giving complete flexibility to reconfigure and maximise efficiency by simply pulling up the tape and relaying new routes. Siemens can scale up if required by buying or hiring extra LEOs straight off the shelf.

Floor staff productivity is maximised by LEOs taking over simple transporting duties, and reducing travel time by 30%. To match this increased productivity would require two extra full-time operatives on start up and a further three as business ramps up. Pick cycles involving the Kardex Shuttles are twice the speed achieved in the former facility.

Siemens also receives a future proof warehouse. Constructed using standard components, the engine rack can be reconfigured whenever required and the GSOC was designed to accommodate four further Kardex Shuttles if required.

Ultimately the new GSOC facilitates growth without needing to increase headcount. It ensures stock availability and the same- or next day response to help customers minimise downtime, which for a turbine can cost in excess of £100,000 per hour. Normal service hours of 07.30 to 16.00 are extended to cover peak times. Any demands on the warehouse will be picked and packed the same day. If completed by 16.00, they will be shipped that day.

Clive Cox, Project Manager for Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery, offers his opinion of BITO Storage Systems’ significant contribution to the project: “When it came to installation BITO’s on-site team were very efficient and complimented by the main construction group on their work ethic and housekeeping so from our point of view, it all worked very well. We are extremely happy with the quality of BITO products. The company is supportive, very responsive and worked closely with us to give the service we needed throughout the complex project.”

Electrolux productivity gains from BITO racking and shelving

A case study from BITO on its installation of a Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) racking and shelving solution at the new Electrolux spare parts warehouse

Revved up by 50% picking efficiency improvements

Leading US online auto parts supplier & distributor is optimising inventory, space & resources via a best-of-breed WMS system.

Coach House automates warehouse operations and optimises space with Jungheinrich

Achieving significant savings and ROI in under two and a half years

New Jungheinrich AGV for Sauer Polymertechnik

Automated material flow between production and high-bay warehouse - AGV, high-bay warehouse and warehouse IT from a single source

SnapFulfil gives Vax a tidy profit in D2C sector

Global floorcare market leader Vax enjoying huge growth in its ‘direct to consumer’ ecommerce channel, because of very low overheads & bigger margins

Indigo enhances C-Suite with 3 key appointments

Indigo Software has enhanced its executive management team with a series of appointments at C-X level.

Augustin Group reaches zero error rate in order picking with Zetes

Managing more than 40,000 line items, Augustin Group has streamlined every critical warehouse process

Snap to it and take data analytics to another level...

WMS innovator SnapFulfil launched fully featured and configurable analytics & reporting solution to help customers instantly identify business trends.

Can your WMS help future proof your business?

The role of the Warehouse Management System (WMS) in today’s supply chain and why it has to be able to adapt to the evolving needs of a business.

Gousto Cooks Up Successful Warehouse Operations with JDA

London-based meal kit provider manages a 10x increase in customer orders without adding physical labor or warehouse space with JDA WMS solution

Bahrain’s Al Jazira Boosts Operational Efficiency with Infor CloudSuite WMS

Al Jazira, a leading Bahraini retailer and distributor automates its warehouse with Infor to support rapid expansion

HighJump Empowers Good Eggs with Future of Warehousing & Logistics for Ecommerce Grocery

Online grocer evolves cold storage and food and beverage distribution for today and beyond with HighJump WMS

Europa Warehouse renews contract with E.T. Browne

Europa Worldwide Group extended its long-term relationship with international drug and cosmetics company, E.T. Brown

Minus 35 degrees: Jungheinrich builds fully automated warehouse for blood plasma

Comprehensive intralogistics concept controlled by the Jungheinrich Warehouse Control System

Milaha Deploys New Warehouse Management System in Qatar

Qatari-based heavyweight, Milaha Maritime has chosen Infor SCE to digitalize its supply chain and warehouse management operations.

Six in 10 Plan Warehouse Automation to Augment Labor by 2024

Eighty-seven percent of businesses plan to expand warehouse footprint over next five years

Top supply chain and logistics specialist snapped up…

WMS innovator SnapFulfil has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of a retail software expert.

Manhattan Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems for 7th Consecutive Time

Gartner, 'Magic Quadrant for Warehouse Management Systems', C. Dwight Klappich, Simon Tunstall, 8 May 2019

SnapFulfil survey highlights subcom industry focused on future

The future of the UK’s fast expanding subscription box market (subcom) looks bright if trends in the US are anything to go by

Making fulfilment intelligent

Retail has become a hugely complex business. To cope, the warehouse needs to become intelligent – and Dematic has the iQ to deliver

Free app gives BITO box users security

BITO Seal+Track app to provide secure, easy and reliable goods monitoring

omNovos Announces Acquisition of Inventory Management Solution OptiView

New technology plays key role in omnichannel customer engagement offerings

Synergy Launches Innovative Robotic Warehouse Cart

Synergy has launched an innovative robotic fulfilment cart, SnapCart.

Rhenus Contract Logistics introduces AutoStore systems

Compact storage and order picking system – 21,000 bins – 19 robots

Wehkamp Plots Double-Digit Growth Trajectory With Manhattan Associates

Dutch ecommerce giant selects Manhattan WMS as the core technology for its DC expansion and modernization initiative

Doosan launches advanced 3-wheel electric B15R-7 Series

Doosan has launched a versatile new range of three-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the B15R-7 Series

Growth continues at Jungheinrich

All time highs – incoming orders: €3.97 billion, revenue: €3.80 billion, EBIT: €275 million

ETV 216i reach truck wins prestigious Design Award

World's first fork lift truck with permanently integrated battery

Doosan powers ahead at CV Show 2019

Doosan will be exhibiting some of its latest products for the logistics sector at The Commercial Vehicle Show 2019

New Sales Manager Announced For Snapfulfil

Synergy Logistics – the company behind the award-winning SnapFulfil warehouse management system (WMS) - has appointed a new sales manager in the UK.

Touchpath To Install WMS System In Global Manufacturer Renold’s New China Operation

China will be the fifth WMS in TouchPath’s 12-country, 23-site Renold roll out for the global chain and gear manufacturer

MASKWORLD Masters Peak Season Shipping Volumes Using Descartes pixi* WMS™

Descartes announced that MASKWORLD has deployed the Descartes pixi* WMS to keep pace with peak season spikes in shipping volumes

Fashionable storage

Online fashion retail has a special requirement for flexible storage solutions, says Edward Hutchison, managing director of BITO Storage Systems.

E.Leclerc automates their Gellainville warehouse with a CMC CartonWrap

Logilec has successfully installed a CMC CartonWrap in one of their sites in Gellainville.

Warehouse 101: Using lessons learned from fulfillment across the organization

It’s no secret that the warehouse plays a critical role in driving a better customer experience.

Connected intralogistics thanks to digital solutions

Highest possible energy efficiency by battery and energy management

Dematic widens portfolio with AutoStore’s Black Line technology

Dematic is to offer AutoStore’s revolutionary new Black Line cube-storage solution – designed for applications requiring very high throughputs.

Beauty Retailer Is Looking Good Thanks To New Warehouse Management System

A leading supplier of beauty and hairdressing products has smartened up its customer fulfilment after choosing the Snapfulfil cloud WMS

Doosan launches rugged electric B45X-7 Series for reliable outside performance

Doosan has launched a powerful new range of four-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the B45X-7 Series offering greater durability

Packing a punch

Fast and automated, customised packaging is reaping big rewards for environmentally conscious outdoor-pursuits specialist retailer

Mills CNC goes for heavy handling with Doosan’s gentle giant

Mills CNC is a business quite literally at the cutting-edge of engineering technology

Snapfulfil Reveals Top Fulfilment Trends For 2019

Warehouse management solution specialist, Snapfulfil, has published its top trends to look out for in warehouse management and fulfilment for 2019.

Jungheinrich and Fricke found joint venture

Access to new market potential within e-commerce and the independent after market

BITO’s EQ container fleet returns Parker Hannifin’s investment in one year

BITO Storage Systems has provided Parker Hannifin's Engine Mobile Filtration Division with a fleet of its EQ Collapsible containers

Is your warehouse 'choc full' of stock? How to manage excess inventory more efficiently

Holding excess inventory can be a costly strategy and now, because of future economic uncertainty, the practice is becoming widespread.

Flexible Automation Delivers Improved Warehouse And Fulfillment Center Operations

So, how can those companies successfully compete in an increasingly automated industry?

Doosan leads the field at LAMMA 19

Doosan will be exhibiting at LAMMA 19 (hall 18, stand 516), the UK’s top farm machinery, equipment and services show

6 River Systems Is First Collaborative Robot Solution to Fulfill 1 Million Units in a Week

Warehouse automation provider demonstrates its robots reliably scale to meet holiday demands

Streamlining Ordering Process with the Help of Inventory Management Techniques

Quantzig has announced the completion of their latest study on inventory management techniques for a multinational manufacturing firm.

IntraLogisteX Public Launch For Red Ledge Warehouse Management And Control System

Uses state-of-the-art automation to optimise warehouse control