viastore Customer Grob Wins 2016 Productivity Achievement Award


US supply chain publication Modern Materials Handling has named its 2016 Productivity Achievement Awards, and viastore customer Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG has been named among the companies that have made outstanding strides in improving operations through materials handling and related information systems. viastore supplied Grob the system design, pallet handling AS/RS, mini-load AS/RS, goods-to-person workstations, and WCS & WMS integration in combination with SAP.

Grob-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, a family-owned manufacturer of machines and assembly systems for manufacturing operations, turned to that same combination to streamline the way it picks and kits materials in a new logistics center to replenish assembly stations in its adjacent manufacturing plant in Mindelheim, Germany. After all, if you think about it, picking pieces for the line is not unlike picking pieces for a single- or multi-line order for a consumer—they both involve handling a lot of individual parts.

The result has been "a logistics paradigm shift," according to Christian Lisiecki, the director of strategic projects who worked with a systems integrator (viastore, viastore.com) to transform what had been a conventional manual pick area into a highly automated solution designed to keep up with the company's impressive growth.

"We could not manage the amount of picking we are doing every day if we were still trying to do this manually," Lisiecki says, adding that order selectors pick between 5,000 and 6,000 parts each day from the automated systems. "We were at the limit of our facility, even if we put more people in the warehouse."