Kuehne + Nagel – Iveco spare parts warehouse, in step with the times

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Since 1997 … revamping the automatic warehouse to meet the new market requirements.

The design and implementation of Iveco spare parts automated warehouse in headquarters in Turin dates back to 1997.
The warehouse was very different from the current one, especially if we compare the ratio pieces / lines / order and processing times. During these years, in fact , Kuehne + Nagel has adapted the automated warehouse to the new market requirements, carrying out some interventions at various levels, from mechanical to software.

P1040566The automatic system realized in 1997 was composed by the following components:

– 4 stacker cranes equipped with 3 gripping means each for storing articles of Class B and C placed in boxes type Odette 40x60xH30 with maximum weight of 50 kg; length corridor of 150 meters. Height of the stacker cranes of 10 meters. Static capacity of approximately 45,000 boxes ” Odette ” with dimensions of 400x600xH300 and maximum weight of 50 kg
– 4 stacker cranes equipped with a gripping means each for the storage of class A articles palced in boxes type Odette from 40x60xH30 with max weight of 50 Kg; corridor length 20 meters . Height of the stacker cranes of 10 meters. Static capacity of approximately 3,500 boxes ” Odette ” with dimensions of 400x600xH300 and maximum weight of 50 kg
– 12 single- order picking bays
– 4 shipping parcels construction bays

Implementation and adjustment steps

After warehouse realization in 1997, where LCS participated as automation software provider, the company has always worked for service activities on the system.IMG_0106 The first important adjustment was carried out in 2008-2009, when LCS “renewed” the automation software (PLC) of the entire transport cassette system, the system control / monitoring software (WCS) and the automated warehouse management software (WMS), introducing improvements at all levels to increase the system store performance.

P1040584A challenge not easy to deal with for two reasons:
– warehouse operation, from 06 to 24 from Monday to Friday, and from 06 to 14 on Saturday.
– no interruption in operations allowed for testing activities and system start-up

The second adjustment/extension was carried out in 2010-2011, as the system was no longer able to respond to the continuous increase of the daily shipments in terms of levy rows. As a result, 2 new corridors with relative stacker cranes equipped with 3 gripping means each were joined to the 4 existing corridors with a length of 150 meters. Furthermore , different mechanical interventions were made on the entire boxes mechanical handling system to increase the dynamic capacity, picking bays have been reconfigured, both mechanicallyrendering impianto and in terms of software and a new boxes input bay was made in the warehouse. In addition to the above described activities, electro-mechanical works of adaptation to the entire system regulations were carried out.

This second adjustment has been designed and manufactured entirely by LCS “turnkey ” and it involved the storage racks for boxes, stacker cranes , mechanical components (conveyors) , the electrical installation to get to the adjustment of automation, control and supervision and management software.