voestalpine Wire Rod Austria GmbH is currently building the world’s most state-of-the-art wire rolling mill at the Donawitz site. As part of this project, a cutting-edge, integrated logistics solution was developed for the production and storage of wire rods. This project recently received the VNL Logistics Award.
The wire rolling mill project
With the construction of the world’s most state-of-the-art wire rolling mill at the Donawitz site, voestalpine Wire Rod Austria GmbH is investing in the future of the Donawitz location and has achieved a milestone in wire rod production. This project will reinforce voestalpine’s technology leadership and develop new niche markets with innovative products. By mid-2016, the mill will be producing the first wire rod coils, weighing up to 3,000 kg, with extremely tight tolerances, extended dimensions of 5.00 mm to 60 mm, and appropriate heat and surface treatment.
This investment also includes a new logistics concept with a high-bay racking system that has a capacity of up to 18,000 tons for the storage of individual coils.
Complete logistics solution for the production and storage of wire rods
The integrated logistics solution comprises warehouse management, an application that locates the facility’s fork lift trucks, material tracking, fully automated material flow control, a truck control system, as well as loading and dispatch. The fully automated high-bay racking system for the wire rod coils is the largest worldwide and is operated using special portal stacker cranes.
The implementation of the new logistics concept minimizes handling effort and expenditure in the warehouse, careful handling prevents damage to the products, and overall efficiency of logistics operations is doubled.
Honored by the VNL Logistics Award
At the Austrian Logistics Award 2015, the solution developed by voestalpine Wire Rod Austria GmbH was one of the finalists. This logistics award is given annually to companies that implement outstanding integrated overall logistics concepts. The award was presented by Verein Netzwerk Logistik (VNL) in the categories “Best Logistics Project” and “Best Innovative Logistics Solution.” The jury particularly focused on the success of the project and its sustainability aspects.