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WITRON Builds a New Distribution Center for febi bilstein


WITRON Integrated Logistics Corp.

2008-03-28 07:00:00

WITRON Builds a New Distribution Center for febi bilstein

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL–( EMWNews – March 28, 2008) – The Ferdinand Bilstein GmbH + Co. KG

(febi bilstein) with its headquarters in Ennepetal, Germany, is planning to

invest 32 million Euros for the expansion of its logistical infrastructure

in the coming years. The most important part of the logistics efficiency

initiative is the erection of an automated distribution center, which is

currently being realized on a surface of 325,000 sqft in Ennepetal. The

warehouse and picking system is designed by WITRON Integrated Logistics

Corp., headquartered in Parkstein, Germany, who also accepts responsibility

as general contractor for the realization of the entire logistics system,

ramp-up and the on site service. This will be the second automated

logistics project between febi and WITRON. The first project, a 4 aisle

AS/R tote picking solution that includes an Order Consolidation Buffer, was

ordered in 2004 and is currently in operation. Based on the success of the

technology and the good partnership with WITRON, febi decided to move on

with the initiative of building a new distribution center with a footprint

of 235,000 sqft that will start productive use in January 2009.

On the open automotive spare parts market, febi bilstein belongs among the

market leaders on the international level. Febi offers to the after sales

market an extensive spare parts program with more than 20,000 automobile

and utility vehicle parts in OEM quality at an attractive

cost-to-performance ratio. “The years from 2001 to 2006 indicated a

tremendous increase in demands,” explains Frank Boecker, Logistics Head of

febi bilstein. “Since our existing logistics footprint could not be

expanded due to location reasons, we developed a greenfield concept

together with WITRON for building a new distribution center,” says Boecker.

Ulrich Schlosser, WITRON Authorized Signatory, comments, “The warehouse and

picking system used in the new febi distribution center is based on our

sophisticated system modules OPS, Order Picking System, and MPS, Module

Picking System. In combination, both systems manage the full range of the

spare parts program within the automotive and commercial vehicle area.”

Both systems work in tandem on the basis of information and process

technology so that febi bilstein benefits from an integrated transparency

of all material flows. As part of the OPS, WITRON will integrate an

automated small parts storage warehouse comprising of 10 aisles and 100,000

double-deep tote locations. A conveyor loop in front of the storage

warehouse manages the supply of the ten pick stations with storage totes.

Based on the Pick & Pack principle, goods are directly picked into customer

cartons, packed, and sealed for dispatch. Determination of the carton size

and quantity is done according to a system-generated volume calculation.

“Sequence buffers separate all AS/R crane putaway and retrieval processes

from picking and ensure high performance and proper sequencing of the

articles necessary for each order,” comments Schlosser.

The MPS area will offer an additional twelve workstations that cover the

parallel loading of several order pallets during the picking operation.

“These workstations are supplied-with and cleared-of order pallets,

fully-automated,” adds Schlosser. The storage pallet supply for the MPS

module workstations comes from a seven-aisle high bay warehouse with 40,000

locations — also double-deep. “Both systems make it possible for us to

integrate additional articles and product lines into the program and to

satisfy the increasing request for febi articles,” says Boecker. With the

new warehouse logistics system opening in 2009, febi bilstein will be able

to store more than 20,000 different articles, process some 30,000 daily

orderlines, and offer its customers higher product availability with

shorter delivery times.

Based on WITRON’s experience in the auto production and parts industry with

companies like BMW, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, and A.T.U., this febi

project is another significant milestone for the Parkstein logistics


WITRON Integrated Logistics Corp.

WITRON Integrated Logistics, located in Arlington Heights, IL, is a world

leading company in material handling automation. WITRON’s core competence

is the design and implementation of innovative logistics systems.

Significant cost reductions from labor and footprint savings, combined with

further competitive advantages, have become the key customer advantages of

WITRON Picking Systems. With more than 35 years of experience in the

automation of distribution centers, WITRON’s main focus is to realize the

most efficient methods of order picking and replenishment.

As a systems integrator, WITRON has the ability to take complete

responsibility for all phases of a project from design and implementation

through ramp-up and maintenance. Headquartered in Parkstein, Germany,

WITRON has grown to include subsidiaries in the USA, the Netherlands,

Canada and Spain.

For editorial questions, please contact:

Mr. Brian Sherman
Business Development Manager
phone 847-385-6000

WITRON Integrated Logistics Corp.
3721 Ventura Drive Suite 140
Arlington Heights, IL, 60004

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