Miele, manufacturer of electrical domestic appliances, has streamlined its supply chain; consolidating its warehousing and logistics operations as part of the process. The company’s Gutersloh site in Germany became the core hub for all consolidated stock, and now handles product for 80 per cent of Miele’s domestic customers, providing a 24-hour delivery service. Other European and worldwide customers are also supplied via this hub, which represents 70 per cent of throughput.
Since moving all operations over to the site, the company has reported a “fivefold increase” in products held in the hub, which has undergone a number of expansion phases to help deal with the increasing demands. On average, stock is replenished at the 108,000 pallet location site every seven days. With space limited, Miele needed an automated high bay storage system.
MLOG Logistics was picked to design and build a three-aisle automated storage and retrieval system comprising 8,800 pallet locations within a 3,500 sq m buffer warehouse, and integrate the facility into the existing Gutersloh operation.
The three-aisle high bay warehouse was designed for pallets to be stored two-deep in each storage slot. The system has three MSINGLE-type stacker cranes, and links up to Miele’s central WMS software, and is connected via ERP interfaces to the SAP system of the central logistics operation.
MLOG worked closely with Miele and its development team, which included Domnik und Bucker Logistics, Siemens AG Voestalpine & Krems Finaltechnik, to ensure the day-to-day operation was not affected during the construction work and to complete the project on budget and on time in 11 months.
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