Rhenus introduces AutoStore system

Rhenus has started using its AutoStore system provided by Swisslog. The automated storage and order picking system has been installed in a new 60,000 sq m distribution centre in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The construction of the new logistics centre and the introduction of the AutoStore system are part of Rhenus’ growth strategy. Rhenus chose this method of order storage and picking based in part on the type of customers it serves. The system assists in improving the accuracy of its ordering and picking.

The AutoStore system has a surface area of 1,000 sq m and is equipped with 21,000 containers, 19 robots, two infeed and three order picking ports. This way, Rhenus can serve more customers. The automated order picking, and storage installation is integrated with both the Warehouse Management System (WMS) and Transport Management System (TMS) package of the service provider with weighing and measuring scanners also integrated.

The selection of AutoStore was based primarily on efficiency. The system uses robots that run on an aluminum grid. The robots stack bins in the storage system grid, and then transport items for delivery to the order picking stations. Aisles are superfluous, making for a compact automated storage and picking system.

Willem Boersbroek, Site Manager Tilburg of Rhenus Contract Logistics, said, “We are very pleased with our collaboration with Swisslog. The introduction of the AutoStore system enables us to work even more efficiently, and this choice is also good for both our growth strategy and that of our customers.

Source: Rhenus