viastore systems was chosen to provide the WMS solution due to the high level of flexibility that their WMS offers. Uwe Fersch, Technical Manager for Warehouse and Shipping Logistics at Wika, noted, “Our conditions and flow of goods are subject to constant change. Therefore, we need a flexible system which allows the rapid adjustment of all the processes, from goods receiving to shipping, so that we can achieve our delivery reliability.”
Delivery reliability is a key focus at Wika, one of the global leaders in pressure, temperature and fill level measurement technology. The company therefore attaches the utmost importance to delivering goods to the customer quickly and on time. This should not change, even during the replacement of its old, discontinued warehouse management system (WMS). Wika turned to viastore systems for the solution for this project.
The core of Wika’s logistics processes is a distribution and production warehouse, consisting of a six-aisle mini-load automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) with 48,000 storage locations, a two-aisle pallet AS/RS storage system with 1,036 storage locations, and a small manual storage area. Approximately 9,500 different items are stocked in the warehouse – from seals weighing only a few grams to heavy equipment having a weight of several hundred kilograms.
The warehouse is directly linked to production; the same blue containers employed for storing goods in the AS/RS are also used for transporting the required items to the production area via conveyor system lanes. The majority of purchased parts and raw materials are delivered in these plastic boxes by external suppliers or other Wika subsidiaries. The mini-load AS/RS has 16 pick stations, where the finished parts are prepared for shipping and the required items are put together. There are three more additional pick stations in the pallet warehouse.
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About viastore systems, Inc.
For over 40 years, viastore systems, Inc. has been a leading international provider of automated material handling solutions including AS/RS (automated storage and retrieval systems) and conveyor systems, warehouse management systems software, material flow and process controls, and integrated SAP logistics solutions. The company employs over 470 people worldwide and has annual sales of over $140 Million. viastore’s focus is on consulting and planning, together with the implementation and constant improvement of intralogistics solutions with locations in Germany, USA, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, China, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Ukraine, Sweden, and Brazil.
viastore systems, with North American headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, (www.us.viastore.com) is an integrated and certified partner for all major ERP system database and operating system suppliers such as SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft. viastore systems earned a return spot on Food Logistics’ 2015 FL100+ list of software and technology providers whose products and solutions are key to the global food supply chain. viastore systems is a proud member of MHI.
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Company Name: Viastore Systems Inc.
Contact Person: Jason Perks
Address:4890 Kendrick Street SE
City: Grand Rapids
Country: United States