Böllhoff Group, headquartered in Bielefeld, Germany, is a world leader in the manufacturing and distribution of metal and plastic fasteners and joining solutions. To be able to optimally handle the necessary processes, Böllhoff analysed its logistics operations with external consultants and invested in a new automated system. This system was implemented by TGW during live operation, with no shutdown, similar to changing the engine on an airplane while it was inflight.
According to Hayrettin Sariz, director of Böllhoff's Logistics Centre North, the new automated system increased Böllhoff's overall throughput at the facility. "We were able to increase the productivity in all areas of the logistics centre and remarkably reduce our employees' weight load," says Sariz. A decisive factor for these improvements has been the new, fully automatic buffering system from systems integrator TGW that constitutes the ideal combination of human labour and automation for Böllhoff. TGW implemented a compact Commissioner storage solution at Böllhoff’s Bielefeld headquarters in February 2012. This solution was integrated into Böllhoff's existing material handling system, allowing the company to handle thousands of tote movements a day and optimize multiple areas of the logistics centre. "Today, the goods receiving, order picking and shipping areas work independently from each other," explains Sebastian Rose, Technical Director at Böllhoff. "The Commissioner storage buffer ensures that overloading in one area does not negatively influence the operations in other areas."
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