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Process optimisation at plastics supplier

Intralogistics revolution in high bay warehouses

The mid-sized plastics supplier Coko has been a reliable provider for nine decades with the motto “We shape your products”. The decision to install our high bay warehouse system resulted in increased efficiency and process optimisation.

Optimised storage processes

Plastics supplier Coko, based in Bad Salzuflen, wanted to make their warehouse processes more efficient. Only one dispatch location and only block warehouse areas were available for all products in the SAP ERP system. For this reason goods that belonged together were stored separately at Coko. This means that order pickers spend more time searching for goods. One of our automatic high bay warehouse systems was a solution to all their problems.

Jens Kastning
Head of Logistics at Coko-Werk GmbH & Co. KG

"Since investing in the automatic narrow-aisle warehouse, we benefit from considerably more cost-effective logistics processes."

A high bay warehouse with space for 3,240 pallets

A high bay warehouse with space for 3,240 pallets was built at the headquarters of the technical plastic parts manufacturer in Bad Salzuflen. Following extensive economic efficiency analysis, the decision was made to implement an automatic narrow aisle warehouse. We didn’t just supply the rack warehouse technology with three automatic ETXa narrow aisle trucks and the controls, but also provided WLAN and the terminals as well.

Intralogistics from a single source

Everything from a single source – that’s also the motto of the family-managed company Coko-Werk GmbH & Co KG. Its key markets include the design of tools and plastic items, but is also active in tool construction, injection moulding and the assembly of components, painting, foaming, welding and printing.  Coko was already delighted with the quality of our fork lift trucks over many years. When choosing between two providers, this made the decision regarding the new high bay warehouse system easier.

Enhanced efficiency

As well as increased cost-effectiveness and an improvement in overall availability, the plastics supplier also benefits from reduced energy consumption and less wear and tear. Following a system and performance analysis carried out in advance, a controller-based WLAN solution was implemented in the automatic environment. An advantage of this radio data solution is that the central administration of the connected Access Points is possible both directly and remotely. Data exchange between the forklift truck terminals and the implemented SAP-WM is via our WCS, which acts as a material flow controller, monitors the conveyor technology, and manages more than 3,000 pallet positions.

Successful intralogistics revolution

At Coko, they’re happy with the solution. Jens Kastning, Head of Logistics at Coko-Werk GmbH & Co. KG, Bad Salzuflen: “This means we can now work according to the FIFO principle and fulfil the corresponding guidelines of the automobile industry. In addition, we also know which goods are in which storage locations. "The number of high-rack stackers means we benefit from a high level of redundancy, resulting in improved supply capability. An advantage which can be used to good effect with our customers."

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