A major project is currently underway to introduce a new warehouse management system for steel coils at voestalpine Stahl GmbH.
A major project is currently underway at voestalpine Stahl GmbH in Linz to install a new warehouse management system for steel coils. The demands on such systems are extremely high; an average daily inventory of 22,000 steel coils needs to be managed. And that with an average of 38,000 location changes per day, including 11,000 crane movements and 850 road transports.
A project team at voestalpine Stahl GmbH is now working together with the company 3tn to replace the former warehouse management system. The project involves the delivery of systems for installation in a total of 28 halls, and will optimize the warehousing and transport processes for coils and slit strip coils in the BAND business unit.
Fully automatic and efficient steel coil warehousing
As well as state-of-the-art IT technology and 3D visualization, the highlights of the new warehousing system include functional innovations which will make fully automatic steel coil warehousing possible in the future. Depending on the various optimization criteria, the aim of the system is not just to find storage space for a coil, but also to determine the best position using the fewest resources possible. In future, the systems will control product transport and storage and offer the following advantages:
- Efficient use of existing warehouse space
- Optimizing correct, multilayer stacking
- Avoiding unnecessary redistribution, and
- Speeding up transport processes.
It will take five to six years before the existing system has been fully replaced.