Case study Pepperl+Fuchs

HOW THE TWO PARTNERS REALISED A DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION CENTRE USING THE LOGISTICS SOFTWARE WAMAS® FROM SSI SCHAEFER AND SENSOR DATA FROM PEPPERL+FUCHS

Implementing a modern distribution centre for a digital world

Using WAMAS® technology with Pepperl+Fuchs sensor data, a truly digital distribution fulfilment centre was built not once, but twice. Learn how both companies managed to build one of the most technologically advanced fulfilment facilities in North America.

PEPPERL+FUCHS DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION CENTER IN KATY, TEXAS

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The Pepperl+Fuchs distribution center in Katy, Texas, packs a punch when it comes to modern technology. There were several goals outlined for the new Katy distribution center. First, Pepperl+Fuchs wanted to erect a new facility that would utilise their automation sensors. Second, they wanted the technology within the facility to give a holistic view into the fulfilment operations. Most importantly, quick service with accurate product was necessary. Finding a partner with the right technology that could utilise sensor data to accomplish greater visibility throughout an entire process was mandatory.

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To meet this challenge, SSI SCHAEFER worked closely with Pepperl+Fuchs while implementing the proprietary software WAMAS®, the warehouse management system from SSI SCHAEFER. Data from Pepperl+Fuchs sensors feed into WAMAS and WAMAS® Lighthouse, which operate the entire system and give real-time updates on key performance indicators throughout the facility. Data that is used for preventive maintenance and fulfilment performance.

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The new 10,000 sq. metre facility incorporates approximately 1,000 Pepperl+Fuchs sensors. The sensor data feeds into WAMAS®, which relays data back to decision makers on how the system is performing. This type of transparency and real-time digital performance enables quick decision ability that is beneficial to preventive maintenance, data analysis, etc.

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The facility hosts three aisles with three SSI Miniload storage-retrieval machines for automatic storage and retrieval with a maximum of 27,720 storage locations. There are four picking stations with Pick to Light workstations and four packing consolidation areas. And, there are four levels of pallet storage for production.

PEPPERL + FUCHS SUCCESS STORY

Gaining a holistic view into fulfilment operations

The new facility encapsulates both pallet racking and a fully-automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) that houses individual components. The new facility is one that also scales to hold approximately 28,000 storage locations. The new distribution centre provides a complete facility to warehouse, distribute, and create custom applications for clients.

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