Providing the right amount of materials for high-performance laser cutter to guarantee the continuity of production is the main reason why Retech (a manufacturer of stainless steel equipment) has decided to implement a solution that automates the storage of pipes, rods and profiles up to 6 meters long. As part of the tender, Baumalog (an engineering company producing automatic storage and transport systems used in many branches of industry) was selected as the warehouse supplier.

Stacker crane installed in Retech companyAs a result of the work, a 119 000 kg unit was created with the possibility of storing several hundred assortments of stainless steel pipes and profiles. The 8-meter high automated warehouse consists of a load-bearing structure with two rows of racks with 4 columns, 68 movable trays with dimensions of 6200 mm x 450 mm x 600mm and a load capacity of 1750 kg each.

The loading of goods into the warehouse takes place outside using a forklift – it is posibble thanks to a mobile station leaving the hall through an automatic door  (so it can be managed without transporting packages of pipes and profiles inside the hall). Transport of materials to two laser cutters for pipes takes place in automatic mode inside the hall. Thus, the time needed to load the laser has dropped below 2 minutes.

The loading of goods into the warehouse takes place outside using a forklift – it is posibble thanks to a mobile station leaving the hall through an automatic door  (so it can be managed without transporting packages of pipes and profiles inside the hall). Transport of materials to two laser cutters for pipes takes place in automatic mode inside the hall. Thus, the time needed to load the laser has dropped below 2 minutes.

Stacker Crane in Retech company, photo nr 3The IT system allows for full control of inventory, minimum statuses, location management, order fulfillment (completion, picking, returns, loading), management and differentiation of operators based on the use of logins and passwords and includes a comprehensive service and diagnostic module providing full control over the technical side of the warehouse enabling you to work without downtimes or malfunctions.

The entire project in Retech company included the expansion of the hall, the installation of an automatic warehouse with a stacker crane, as well as the delivery of a laser cutter for profiles.

“This is another completed installation of an advanced system for automatic storage and transport of long-load materials using a stacker crane, this time, the project also included construction works. Our motto is to deliver systems that provide space saving, short access time to stored materials, IT integration in order to obtain full information about warehouse inventory and order fulfillment, and increase security. And all in order to achieve an increase in efficency and increased production level” – said Marcin Kozłowski, CEO of Baumalog.

Benefits of implementing the system:

  • shortening the execution time of production orders
  • ensuring production continuity
  • saving storage space
  • full information about the inventory being stored
  • increased work safety
  • increase in work efficiency

See more information about the stacker crane .