• BITO Pallet racking PRO and BITO shelving in central warehouse



Our customer

For many decades, the Konrad Hornschuch AG has already been convincing final consumers as well as customers in the furniture industry and the construction and automotive sectors with a wide range of decorative and functional films, foam films and artificial leather covering. Founded in 1898, the Hornschuch group is still headquartered close to Heilbronn, Germany. With some 1300 employees and a turnover of more than €290 million, the film and foil manufacturer is a market leader in the sector of surface design.

Customer requirements

    • Store all Hornschuch products under one roof, organise fast order picking and reliable shipping
    • Drive down costs by centralising operations
    • Make best use of 11,000 sqm floor space (either to be refurbished, outdoors, yet covered by a roof or located in a large new building).
    • Improve access times and product availability.
    • Guarantee efficient order throughput with a reliable, sophisticated storage solution.
    • Maintain existing processes, increase storage capacity.

The BITO Solution

    • Mixed storage systems

    » This central warehouse combines an ideal mix of high bay narrow/wide aisle pallet racking PRO and shelving.

    • Perfect utilisation of warehouse height

    » The BITO pallet racking PRO block has a height of 20 metres and can accommodate up to 12,500 pallets.

    • Order picking warehouse

    » Another pallet racking block with some 2,800 pallet positions and a shelving facility in an adjoining building are used for order picking.

    • Pick zones

    » Flow storage levels integrated into pallet racking bays at floor level height allow convenient picking of individual products.

Storage facility features

    • The blocks are serviced with two narrow aisle trucks
    • 2 from 10 narrow aisles accommodate an order picking zone.
    • All pallet racking units have been equipped with accessories improving safety and functionality.
    • A pick zone with 1,200 pick places provides small units in FIFO order.

Customer benefits

    • Many pallet positions per square meter
    • No delays in order processing and shorter delivery times thanks to the product buffer store.
    • Orders can now be picked right from the high bay racking block. This reduces access times. Since high bay storage provides compact storage of a large number of units, product availability is excellent.

Customer statement

Improving logistics at our headquarters also builds value for our customers. We are now able to deliver some 98% of all products within 2 working days within Germany. European deliveries are just as reliable, since central warehousing allows us to benefit from optimised product handling and reduced transport times between buffer store and order picking areas. Short access times, a very good product availability and compact storage are further benefits.

Jens Kleine, Director of Technology at Konrad Hornschuch AG

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