Sunday 22nd Oct 2017 - Logistics Manager

LMC Caravan chooses Jungheinrich

The LMC Caravan company of Sassenberg, Germany, has chosen Jungheinrich to implement the warehouse and material flow technology at its new logistics facility.

LMC manufacturers mobile homes and caravans for the European market, and is expanding its logistics system to accommodate growth seen in recent years.

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.

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 workstation 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 WMS, with integrated warehouse control system, 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 maximise the overall system performance. Measuring 77 m in length by 21 m in width, the warehouse building has a base area of 1,630 sqm.

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 the 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.

“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,” said Timo Tesch, head of logistics at LMC Caravan. “I look forward to working jointly with Jungheinrich and to the successful implementation of this project.”