Kardex Mlog Converts TME Facility During Ongoing Operations
22 February 2022, Company News
Kardex Mlog / Electronic Components
TME: Flexible growth
Neuenstadt, 02/02/2022 – Specialist electronic components distributor, TME, commissioned Kardex Mlog to construct a high-bay warehouse at its base in Lodz, Poland. Since 2011, Kardex has carried out two extensions to the plant, which now has five aisles. The most recent extension phase, which added 4,920 pallet storage spaces, was completed in August 2020. In May 2022, Kardex Mlog will convert the conveying technology from distribution vehicles to continuous conveyors in order to meet exceptionally increasing warehouse requirements.
Conversion during ongoing operations
The next major works were planned for 2019: By now, TME was receiving 3,650 incoming orders every day and the product range had grown to 329,000 items. As in 2014, Kardex Mlog installed two additional warehouse aisles during ongoing operations. The project also included two stacker cranes, conveying technology for storage and retrieval with eight drives and steel racking. This increased the storage capacity of the high-bay warehouse by a further 4,920 pallet storage spaces to a total of approximately 12,500. Thanks to the meticulous scheduling carried out by Kardex Mlog, the conversion work was completed in August 2020 after less than four months. “We’ve been working together with Kardex Mlog for more than ten years now and, during the most recent construction phase, our expectations with regard to the implementation were met in full,” reports Kornel Betkowski, the TME specialist in charge of the extension project.
In this third phase, TME also opted for stacker cranes of type Kardex MSingle A600/23-ET. Unloaded, they travel at up to 60 meters per minute through the aisles and are controlled by state-of-the-art controls (PLC) of type Siemens S7-1500F and SEW MoviPLC. This enables up to 57 single cycles or 35 double cycles per stacker crane per hour. Each operation along with the current positions of the five stacker cranes and of the conveying technology are graphically displayed in the warehouse control center with TME’s newly introduced visualization software Kardex MVisu. The software previously in use at TME was no longer compatible with the latest browsers and was also no longer supported by the manufacturer.