Mercedes-Benz has awarded a two-phase contract to MLOG Logistics at the company’s Kassel manufacturing plant in central Germany, boosting its presence within the automotive sector.
The plant produces axle systems and parts for trucks, vans, buses and trailers for the worldwide market.
MLOG has been enlisted to replace of the facility’s entire racking structure, as well as modifications to the existing materials handling system.
The programme will be split into two phases to ensure that roughly 50 per cent of the high-bay warehouse will be available at all times.
MLOG will construct eight new storage aisles with almost 5,000 locations, as well as supplying two new MSINGLE storage and retrieval machines (pictured in use at a different site) and two new shuttle cars, including rails and bus-bar.
The conveyor system will also be modified to include the goods inwards, dispatch and order picking areas, while dispatch will be equipped with a new labelling machine and pallet live storage.
Commissioning of the second phase will commence this month, comprising aisle five onwards plus the associated materials handling equipment.
Elsewhere, Perkins Engines Company, the UK-based manufacturer of diesel and natural gas engines, has selected MLOG to refurbish an automated block and crank storage facility at its manufacturing site in Peterborough.
The project involves the replacement of two automated storage and retrieval machines and associated aisle equipment.
The upgraded solution, scheduled for completion during Perkins’ two-week summer shutdown period, will incorporate two of MLOG’s MTWINI machines, which will operate with the existing racking and conveyor system.
A bespoke software interface has also been developed to fully integrate with the on-site warehouse management system.
Paul Bradley, UK business development manager of MLOG Logistics, said: “There is increasing demand from manufacturing sectors such as the automotive industry for refurbishment solutions that upgrade existing systems to ensure high equipment availability levels in the future.”