Liebherr warehouse tower cranes plant automation
First Line Software in cooperation with the viastore SYSTEMS team has automated the warehouse of the plant producing tower cranes which belongs to Liebherr holding.
Liebherr is a German engineering company headquartered in Biberach an der Riss, Baden-Wuerttemberg. Tower crane equipment production is carried out at the plant in Ehingen. The area of the plant is 850,000. There is no dedicated storage area at the plant. The parts, from small items to giant assemblies weighing several tons, are manufactured in various workshops and stored throughout the plant. Hence the complexity of automation, as company representatives explained. Prior to the project, the stored parts were inventoried “on paper”.
As a result, Liebherr management decided to automate the Liebherr storage area plant, combine disparate storage racks into the general information environment, and automate the loading and shipping processes. The German group viastore SYSTEMS Gmbh with viadat WMS was chosen as the supplier. The set-up and customization work was carried out by First Line Software, the official partner of viastore SYSTEMS.
Project realization took six months. During this time, the viadat WMS system was deployed at plant territory and integrated with the ERP system. The project allowed the Liebherr-Werk plant to get rid of paper records and streamline the process of unloading and temporary storage. The system combines parts so that the unloading to the assembly shop originates from one place. Automation covers a total of more than 3,000 storage sites.
"First Line Software works with viastore SYSTEMS in Russia and the CIS and is actively involved in foreign projects as well. The project for the Liebherr-Werk plant is unique, first of all, because automation is applied not to warehouse properly speaking, but, in fact, to assembly production”, says Andrey Kazachkov, head of the First Line Software project group.
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