Dematic Automates Electronics Distributor RS Components' Central Storage Facility

HEUSENSTAMM, GERMANY – 30 September 2020 — Intralogistics innovator Dematic announces plans to automate the central storage facility for RS Components GmbH in Bad Hersfeld, Germany. Dematic will install a 10-aisle Dematic Multishuttle® system with 300,000 container storage positions for the electronics distributor.

The space-saving solution takes items into stock, buffers them and then sequences them for commissioning and order consolidation. There will be 300 shuttles to automatically access the containers and transport them directly to the goods-to-person (GTP) commissioning station, to dispatch or to inventory storage, where they are repacked in order to prepare them for dispatch. 

The goal for RS Components is to increase its picking capacity to up to 38,000 order lines per day through the automation. The plan is for the highly modern logistics center to become operational in the second quarter of 2021.

“The Dematic solution enables high throughput rates as well as faultless commissioning, guaranteeing efficient and reliable order processing for RS Components,” said Jessica Heinz, Head of Marketing and Business Development for Dematic Central Europe. 

RS Components is a global, multi-channel provider of products and solutions for industry, specifically electronics with plans to store up to 450,000 items at its new, highly modern distribution center in Bad Hersfeld. The large product range presents a process challenge, which the company is now addressing with the comprehensive automation of the flow of material. 

“The system allows the speed, storage density, accuracy and availability within the distribution center to be increased significantly,” said Peter Stock, who is the Senior Project Manager of Implementation at RS Components GmbH.

How the System Operates

First, the articles are delivered in cases to the incoming goods department on the ground floor and fed into the Dematic Multishuttle system. Next, the system automatically takes care of storage and disbursement and transports the goods across three floors. Dematic container transport technology is integrated into the installation. This technology links the Dematic Multishuttle to commissioning, the packing stations and dispatch. In addition, various devices, such as spiral and continuous conveyors, label printers, conveyor scales, case erectors and case sealers are incorporated into the system to support the logistics processes. 

As soon as an order is received, the shuttles automatically transport the necessary articles in the right order to one out of a total of eight GTP workstations on the second floor or to the make-to-order and make-to-stock workstations on the third floor for production and consolidation. For the automatic packaging that follows, Dematic integrates case erector and case sealer machines. This allows RS Components to decrease its packaging and shipping expenses.

Integrated automation software from Digital Applications International (DAI) Limited, a subsidiary of Dematic and its parent company, KION Group, ensures a frictionless, efficient flow of material with the necessary flexibility. This software takes over both the management of the Dematic Multishuttle and that of the material flow. It also manages order consolidation. 

"This IT solution is extremely efficient and decreases the cycle times with the utmost precision," said Heinz.

The reconstruction project is one of many in the nearly 20 years of continuous partnership between Dematic and RS Components. Dematic has been providing the electronics distributor with automation solutions since the beginning and continues to develop them as time goes on. As Stock summed it up, “Our successful cooperation in the past had already formed a lasting foundation of trust, which we were able to build upon.”


About Dematic

Dematic is an intralogistics innovator that designs, builds and supports intelligent, automated solutions for manufacturing, warehouse and distribution environments for customers that are powering the future of commerce. With engineering centers, manufacturing facilities and service centres located in more than 25 countries, the Dematic global network of 10,000 employees has helped achieve more than 6,000 worldwide customer installations for some of the world’s leading brands. Headquartered in Atlanta, Dematic is a member of KION Group, one of the global leaders in industrial trucks and supply chain solutions, and a leading provider of warehouse automation.


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