Case Study Ganter

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Case Study Ganter
  • RETROFIT DURING OPERATION

    Retrofitting of the tray warehouse and conveyor loop as well as migration from S5 to S7 controls.
  • PLC UPGRADE

    The upgrade to S7 was required, as manufacturer Siemens could only guarantee the supply of spare parts for the old S5 control system for a short time.
  • TRUSTFUL COOPERATION

    "TGW's service concept and their philosophy of detecting defects in due time and provide preventive maintenance measures always served us well,"
    Ralf Beitlich from Ganter.
  • INCREASE IN PERFORMANCE

    All four Stratus AS/R machines were modernised and equipped with new load handling devices, drives, running and guide wheels as well as new cable carriers of the latest generation.

Otto Ganter GmbH & Co. KG in Furtwangen, Germany, guarantees their customers a 98 percent delivery availability, which is a high-level commitment in view of the large range of SKU and product diversity. Ganter is stockpiling about 30,000 different parts at their plant and distribution centre. In order to adhere to the guaranteed delivery availability, Ganter needs all systems and processes to be absolutely reliable and available.

Ganter, a medium-sized family owned enterprise with more than 220 employees, is a leading provider of standard parts, offering an extremely vast range of clamping, locking and machinery elements as well as industrial components, articles for medical and rehabilitation engineering, food engineering and the wood-working industry, agricultural machinery and kitchen equipment. Another ever growing sector are stainless steel products.

REQUIREMENTS & OBJECTIVES

  • Retrofit during operation
  • Increase in performance
  • Migration to up-to-date S7 controls
  • 3 days available for modernisation of each AS/RS aisle
  • Minimisation of availability risk


ADVANTAGES FOR GANTER

  • Extended service life of logistics installation
  • Minimum impact of retrofit work on warehouse operations
  • Worldwide "any place - any time" online service with S7 PLC
  • TGW employees provide on-site support after updating
  • Monitoring and preventive maintenance provided by TGW


RETROFIT SOLUTION


Modernisation measures within Ganter's distribution centre included retrofitting of the tray warehouse and conveyor loop as well as migration from S5 to S7 controls.

Complete retrofit of AS/RS machines guarantees a secured future


The four-aisle tray warehouse planned in 1999 and implemented in 2000 accommodates 16,000 storage locations and is serviced by four TGW Stratus automatic storage and retrieval (AS/R) machines. With a storage volume of about 3,000 cubic metres (3,900 cubic yards) and high payload capacity, the tray storage system serves as buffer warehouse stocking up all incoming goods, both finished and semi-finished products.

In order to ensure efficient interaction with the high-performance tote warehouse implemented by TGW and put into operation in 2008, all four Stratus AS/R machines were modernised. TGW equipped the four AS/RS machines with new load handling devices, drives, running and guide wheels as well as new cable carriers of the latest generation, reinvigorating the technology for the future.

Trustful cooperation partnership for many years: "We feel that we are in good hands."

The customer's satisfaction is proven by the long-lasting cooperation between Ganter and TGW since 1999 and the service contracts that Ganter closed with TGW for both storage systems, "TGW's service concept and their philosophy of detecting defects in due time and provide preventive maintenance measures always served us well".

RALF BEITLICH, HEAD OF LOGISTICS DEPARTMENT AT OTTO GANTER GMBH & CO. KG IN FURTWANGEN

"I was enthusiastic about TGW's approach right from the beginning: The removal of the old and installation of the new AS/RS components was done in a very coordinated and fast way, starting work at Thursday evening. On Friday evening, the first controls engineers were working on site already."