Shoe manufacturer optimises logistics centre

ELTEN GmbH, a manufacturer of safety and professional shoes, has put the PSIwms warehouse management system into operation in its logistics centre. Thus, the logistics software of PSI Logistics GmbH forms the basis for future process automations.

To increase the capacity of the central warehouse, ELTEN has expanded its logistics centre at the headquarters in Uedem on the Lower Rhine, Germany. For efficient warehouse management and coordinated process control, the company relies on the warehouse management system PSIwms. With 6,700 storage spaces in the pallet warehouse, 15,500 in the carton warehouse and 10,300 in the shelf warehouse, 20,000 different articles are stored in the logistics centre and an external warehouse. Around three million pairs of safety shoes leave the central warehouse every year.

Currently, the material flows have been reorganised and PSIwms has been implemented and put into operation as a process-leading warehouse management system. The system manages the goods receipt of finished goods, semi-finished goods, merchandise and consumables both from the company’s own production and externally via the ramp areas.

Picking is currently carried out manually according to the person-to-goods principle. For coordinated process sequences, a pick-by-voice system, a forklift positioning system and a shipping system, for example, are connected to PSIwms. The warehouse expansion also provides the basis for future automation projects such as the installation of an automated small parts warehouse (AS/RS).

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