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History

2013

After more than 40 years in intralogistics, viastore Managing Partner Christoph Hahn-Woernle retired at the end of March. His son Philipp Hahn-Woernle and Frank Apel head the company as Managing Directors.

Philipp Hahn-Woernle, Frank Apel
Philipp Hahn-Woernle, Frank Apel

In the new MLS of MENNEKES Elektrotechnik Sachsen GmbH, viastore implemented SAP EWM as the warehouse management system and SAP EWM-MFS as the material flow system. The mini-load system features more than 10,000 container storage locations and is operated using the high-performance storage/retrieval system viaspeed.

Since March 2013, viastore systems has been a member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). The goal is to develop and implement quality procedures and measures to ensure high quality standards for products and services.

2012

viastore is building an automated file warehouse with 2.3 million carton storage locations for Sberbank, Russia's biggest bank. The system features a total of 79,296 tray storage locations.

The 16-aisle automated tray warehouse is supplied by viaspeed XL storage/retrieval machines and managed using viad@tWMS software.

viastore has been entrusted with modernizing the warehouse of orochemie, a supplier of disinfection, cleaning and skin protection products. A total of three aisles were extended by 32 meters to the current 72 meters and each aisle was equipped with one viapal storage/retrieval machine. viastore also upgraded the warehouse management system (WMS), the material flow system (MFS) and the SRM controls.

viastore USA has been selected by the American company Lockheed Martin to develop a two-aisle automated mini-load system including conveyor system and viad@tMFC material flow control software for the company’s site in Ocala, Florida.

Seed specialist Rijk Zwaan is expanding its R&D center in De Lier in the western Netherlands. A major part of this center is a two-aisle air-conditioned automated storage/retrieval system from viastore including viad@tWMS.

2011

Hänel Büro- und Lagersysteme, manufacturer of dynamic warehouse lifts, and viastore systems agree on close international cooperation. This includes, but is not limited to, the integration of the Hänel warehouse lifts into the intralogistics concepts of viastore as well as the utilization of viad@tWMS for the Hänel systems.

viastore opens an office in Shanghai.

viastore enters into a partnership in Sweden to strengthen its presence in the Scandinavian market.

Americold, a US service provider for temperature-controlled warehousing in the food industry, commissions viastore to build their new semi-automatic warehouse in Indianapolis. For this project, viastore develops an automatic solution with AS/RS, pallet conveyor, viad@tWMS and the energy-saving concept, viastore blue.

Philipp Hahn-Woernle has been appointed to the viastore management board as of
1 June.

Philipp Hahn-Woernle

Great success at CeMAT 2011 in early May in Hannover: viastore presents the new high-speed storage and retrieval machine viaspeed and the fully automatic picking system viapick.

viastore systems at CeMAT, Hannover 2011

2010

viastore modernizes the 30-year-old third-party SRM at biotechnology company Eppendorf and supplies a viad@tONE Warehouse Management System linked to the BAAN system.

viastore USA receives an order from the Spanish pharmaceutical company Grifols for the supply of an automatic cold store. It is installed in a logistics center operated by the blood plasma derivatives manufacturer in San Marcos (Texas).

viastore installs the second central warehouse for HANSA-FLEX AG in Bremen. A four-aisle double-deep automatic mini-load system (MLS) with a length of 32 meters, a height of 9 meters and space for 24,000 containers is erected in the Bavarian town of Geisenfeld.

viastore couples the SAP ERP system directly to two Kardex XPlus shuttles in the production warehouses of compressor manufacturer Kaeser Kompressoren in Coburg. SAP handles the inventory and storage location management.

SAP LES replaces a 15-year-old WMS at CHT R. Beitlich GmbH's factory in Dusslingen near Tübingen. viastore integrates all the WMS functions of the automatic warehouse system and the manual storage areas into the new SAP-ERP system.

viastore builds a five-aisle MLS for HDE-Logistik GmbH at the port of Bamberg (video examples). The systems incorporated into the 9,000 m² building include five viaspeed S/R machines, the viad@tWMS Warehouse Management System, the viad@tMFC material flow controller and the conveyor equipment complete with viad@tVISU visualization system.

A viastore temperature-controlled single-aisle double-deep MLS enables test equipment to be calibrated fully automatically at Metrologie Service-Basis GmbH. The mini-load system operates using a viaspeed S/R machine. The system is controlled by the viad@t Warehouse Management Software.

2009

viastore is working for two beverage manufacturers in France: for Laiterie de Saint de l'Hôtel, viastore builds a 25 meter high automatic warehouse. The Eaux Minérales de St. Alban company has commissioned viastore to retrofit and to extend its high-bay warehouse built in 2005.

For the engineering company J.D. Neuhaus (Germany), viastore implements the complete renovation of a production warehouse built in 1985 by a third-party supplier. This helps to restore the optimum supply of the production with the required components.

 

viastore hosts User Conferences on the topics Energy-saving in logistics systems, Advantages of a retrofit, or Warehouse management solutions with SAP and viad@t. Approximately 100 customers attend these conferences held by the intralogistics expert to increase their knowledge.

viastore receives a large order for the delivery of 15 storage and retrieval machines which will be used in the new logistics center of the US food producer Cargill Meat Solutions at Schuyler (Nebraska).

In the Netherlands, viastore modernizes a five-aisle automatic pallet warehouse for books with the logistics service provider Centraal Boekhuis. The focus is on an increased availability of the system, lower maintenance costs, the use of new technology, improved user-friendliness, and good spare parts support.

 

For the sake of an improved distribution of the warehouse management system viad@t in Russia, viastore intensifies the cooperation with Exigen Services. The IT service provider is the exclusive software partner for the distribution of viad@tWMS in Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union.

2008

In December, Managing Director Peter W. Hälsig goes into retirement after nearly 45 years with the company. From January 1st 2009, Frank Apel will become responsible Managing Director of the sales department.

In May, viastore acquires Blesco, an American company based in Grand Rapids (Michigan). Blesco provides system integration solutions for distribution centers. Moreover, the company is competent in handling special customer applications. viastore thereby extends it position on the American Market.

CeMAT, the world’s leading fair for internal logistics, is started in May for the second time. Given a considerable increase (20%) of trade visitors, the fair exceeds all expectations.

 

2007

The projects IKEA Valls (Spain) and IKEA Savannah (U.S.A.) go live. viastore realizes an automated mini-load system as part of the worldwide central spare parts supply for the TRUMPF Group at the Ditzingen headquarters. The warehouse is completed operated under SAP LES.  

2006

viastore systems scheduled by Ikea to provide a 13 aisle pallet AS/RS for the southeastern Distribution Center. The system goes live in 2007.  

 

viastore systems sells its subsidiary Provia Software in the U.S.A. in order to increase its strategic focus on its core business, the construction of automated storage and retrieval systems. 

 

 

Success in Eastern Europe: The warehouse for agricultural machine manufacturer Rostselmash is the first major viastore project in Russia. Soon afterwards Crocus International Estates based in Moscow schedules viastore to provide a five-aisle AS/RS.

2005

Cargill Meat Solutions goes live with the new 20 aisle viastore system mini load system in Friona, Texas.

Frank Apel becomes new member of the viastore management along with Christoph Hahn-Woernle and Peter W. Haelsig.

The major project for kitchen and table culture supplier WMF in Geislingen goes live. Here viastore has completely modernized a warehouse established in the seventies, implemented new logistics processes and replaced existing software with the viad@t standard warehouse management system software. viastore’s high Performance Picking System (HPPS) was also introduced.

The first independent CeMAT, leading trade fair for intralogistics, takes place in Hanover. viastore managing director Christoph Hahn-Woernle is chairman of the CeMAT committee. The fair is a complete success.

2004

Gordon Food Service selected viastore systems to provide the automated inbound material handling system for its new distribution center in Shepardsville, Kentucky.

 

viastore systems receives order from Ikea for the construction of four AS/RS facilities in Germany, Spain and the United States. The warehouses are equipped with 14 S/R machines each and offer storage locations for more than 80,000 pallets. Step by step, they are complete by 2007.

 

Foundation of subsidiary in the Czech Republic.

 

2003

viastore systems introduces its new Stationary Sequence Buffer (SSB) to the North American automated material handling market.

 

Modern Materials Handling magazine ranks viastore systems as one of “The World’s Top 20 Systems Suppliers” for 2002.

 

1st viastore systems User Conference in Papenburg/Germany.

 

2002

Commissioning of SICK, Waldkirch and Eurodis, Haaksbergen/NL projects to customers.

 

                   

2001

viastore systems Inc. completes a major retrofit of Rittal Corporation’s new Manufacturing and Distribution Center in Urbana, Ohio, including modifications to the rack-supported structure, upgrades of the S/R machine controls and replacement of the existing conveyor system including the installation of a high-speed shuttle car.

 

viastore generates sales exceeding DEM 200 million.

 

1999

Sale of the Haushahn Group to Schindler, 100% takeover of C. Haushahn Automationssysteme GmbH & Co. KG by managing director Christoph Hahn-Woernle. 

 

 

Company name changed to viastore systems GmbH.

 

 

Formation of subsidiary viastore systems LTD. in the U.K.

 

Formation of subsidiary, viastore systems Inc. in the United States.

 

1998

Acquisition of majority share in Consistem, Spain and formation of subsidiary Haushahn Automationsysteme S.A.

Formation of subsidiary Haushahn Automationsysteme b.v. in The Netherlands.

1991

Conversion of HSE into software company specializing in Warehouse Management Systems (WMS) software with sales and services for AS/RS in North America.

 

Formation of subsidiary Haushahn Automationssysteme S.A.R.L. in France.

Worldwide cooperation agreements.

 

1989

Formation of Haushahn Systems & Engineers (HSE) providing a source of company manufactured S/R machines in the United States.

 

Participation in Consistem Madrid, Spain.

 

1988

Formation of C. Haushahn Automationssysteme as an independent "systems" company specializing in automated material handling systems, software and operational logistics.

1970

Haushahn purchases S/R manufacturer Weissert & Hieber and provides integrated Automated Storage/Retrieval Systems (AS/RS).

 

1929

Haushahn starts productions of the first "high-speed" elevators in Germany.

 

around 1900

Haushahn starts production of electric elevators.

 

1889

Immanuel Hahn purchases C. Haushahn machine shop and begins the construction of scales and cranes.