Balluff optimizes production supply in Hungary with AutoStore empowered by Kardex
3 May 2023, Company News
Due to increased demands on production capacities, the central production logistics in Hungary were increasingly faced with the challenge of creating space and condensing storage volumes. In addition, Balluff was looking for a storage solution that would reduce travel times, increase efficiency improvements and provide enough flexibility to accommodate further growth. The storage and retrieval system AutoStore proved to be the ideal concept for meeting these challenges in the best possible way. For the planning and implementation of a customized AutoStore solution at the Hungarian site in Veszprém, Balluff relies on the know-how and expertise of intralogistics expert Kardex.
Maximum space efficiency and flexibility
Figure 2: Visualization of the AutoStore system planned for Balluff's Hungarian site in Veszprém
The highly flexible aluminum cubic grid system, in which AutoStore bins are neatly stacked on top of each other, maximizes storage density and enables four times the capacity with the same footprint compared to conventional manual storage. In the first expansion stage, the AutoStore solution for Balluff will offer space for around 30,000 storage bins, each with an external height of 220 mm. Seven battery powered AutoStore robots will move along the rails of the grid, continuously picking up these bins, rearranging them and transporting them to the ergonomically designed workstations (2 Conveyor Ports and 3 Carousel Ports) for replenishment and picking. The AutoStore system is going to be connected directly to Balluff's own SAP WM. The modular design of AutoStore allows for expansions in terms of throughput and storage capacity at any time without interrupting ongoing operation.
Founded in 1921 in Neuhausen a.d.F., Balluff employs 3600 people worldwide and represents innovative technology, quality and cross-industry experience in industrial automation. As a leading sensor and automation specialist, the family-owned company in its fourth generation offers a comprehensive portfolio of high-quality sensor, identification, network, imaging and software solutions. In 2021, Balluff Group reported revenues of around 504 mil. Euros. In addition to the main headquarters in Neuhausen a. d. F., Balluff has sales, production and development locations around the world and can boast 37 wholly owned subsidiaries and other representatives in 61 countries. This guarantees customers rapid worldwide availability of products and high consulting and service quality on site.