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Albert Handtmann Maschinenfabrik

High bay warehouse with picking
system for production and spare parts


Handtmann, supplier to the meat industry throughout the world, is one of the leading companies in this sector, with an excellent international reputation. For all sizes of companies, they manufacture »bespoke« filling and portioning machines, filling lines and several kinds of attachments for an efficient sausage production.


Design criteria

Modernization, instead of stagnation, was the main reason for deciding to build a new factory in Biberach/Germany. This new building should house a combined warehouse for production materials and spare parts, controlled by a Warehouse Management System (WMS), for handling the inbound goods and the internally produced goods, plus a picking zone, connected to packing and production. The aim was to increase the supply chain efficiency, to secure the access to items in the closed storage area, and to reduce the storage space.


The solution


The concept psb offered for fulfilling these tasks comprised of the complete range of its services – from the first system layout to the implementation. In the pre-zone, the proven psb bin conveyor system is utilized for the handling of 3 picking areas. Furthermore, the external and internal receiving area, as well as the shipping area, is connected with the bin conveyor system. A pallet conveyor system, together with a shuttle car, fulfills similar tasks. The bin warehouse is operated by runloader high-performance AS/RS stacker cranes. selektron WMS/MFC, which is linked with the BaaN ERP system, implements an organized warehouse management and an efficient and safe material flow.