A TALE OF LITTLE GOLD-BEARS AND MAJOR CHALLENGES
From the outset, HARIBO was well aware of the huge task at hand. It was essential to choose the right partner and to avoid multiple supplier interfaces. This prompted a decision in favor of a one-stop solution from SSI SCHAEFER. The company has a deep understanding of the industry and its processes and was able to deliver multiple systems and components with in-house manufacturing resources. This meant HARIBO could be sure of effective project coordination. This was an important point, as HARIBO had a tight timeline – with just two years from start to finish. SSI SCHAEFER passed the test with flying colors, not only staying within budget but completing ahead of schedule.
Cost optimization and greater efficiency for internal processes to streamline workflow routes
Increased availability of goods and quality assurance, even at peak times, through fully automated goods flows
Bi-directional link between production and logistics
Low space utilization and high redundancy levels through mirroring of material flows throughout two levels
Efficiency gain through customer-, route- and day-specific sequencing in goods-out
24/7 resident maintenance service team on site
Establishment of a logistics hub for distribution of goods across Europe
Intelligent control and management of all intralogistics processes using WAMAS® logistics software
EVERYTHING FROM A SINGLE SOURCE ENSURES A SWEET DELIVERY
This custom solution combines the creation of a logistics concept, a seamless execution and planning, and the turn-key construction of a central warehouse. The new build comprises roof and wall coverings, standard building services like sprinkler systems and the base foundation. Furthermore, traditional SSI SCHAEFER automation system components like a pallet conveying system, storage and retrieval machines, and the high-bay warehouse – including a special flavoring warehouse and manually operated rack systems were included in the construction. To visualize the processes and workflows and to control, monitor, and optimize productivity, HARIBO uses WAMAS® Lighthouse from SSI SCHAEFER. Freely configurable dashboards enable visualization of the logistics cycle, while the display of key performance indicators makes logistics processes more efficient. In addition, SSI SCHAEFER has set up goods-in, goods-out, and loading areas. A semi-automated, order-specific picking area, an assembly area, and manual warehouse areas span several floors. Internal transport is carried out by two rail-guided vehicle systems and a pallet conveying system.
To enable direct delivery of pallets from production, a bridge links the production building to the logistics center. The central warehouse encompasses two stories. In conjunction with the condensed storage design, there is a second advantage, which enables important material flows to link the high-bay warehouse to adjacent logistics areas. These two levels provide a natural redundancy, which means all areas can be supplied and emptied safely at any time. This offers HARIBO a high level of safety and a high level of service in its daily customer deliveries. Suppliers from numerous European countries are bringing goods to the new distribution center, which primarily serves Germany, France, and the Benelux states. In the past, the confectionary producer operated several external warehouses, which are now being gradually phased out and replaced by the new central warehouse in Grafschaft and a smaller high-bay warehouse at the Solingen site.
THE SOLUTION COMPONENTS MAKE EVERYTHING FLEXIBLE AND SCALABLE
For stock management and process control, HARIBO is using WAMAS® logistics software from SSI SCHAEFER. Numerous functionalities of the warehouse management suite are in use for this application – including some additional features tailored to specific HARIBO processes. WAMAS® combines all intralogistics components into one intelligent system. All intralogistics processes at HARIBO are automatically managed and controlled, from efficient and flexible order processing to goods movement and resource optimization, right through to provision and analysis of logistics performance indicators. A technical highlight of the system is the 100 per cent automated sequencing in goods-out through the use of a multi level goods-out buffer. This is where pallets are prepared for loading across several buffer stations in an optimal sequence for outbound delivery. This customer-specific, route-specific, and day-specific sequencing results in large efficiency gains when it comes to shipping. Trucks are loaded with a specific type of product for a specific customer or with several products combined for different unloading stations.
SSI Resident Maintenance® employees work on-site over two shifts, to ensure smooth operation within the system on a permanent basis. Thanks to the support of well-trained and experienced personnel, maximum availability of the system is achieved while maintaining a high degree of utilization. Spare parts management and direct access to specialists for PLCs and software via the SSI SCHAEFER hotline are integral components of this solution. Furthermore, the team monitors the system using the WAMAS® Lighthouse visualization system, which records, analyzes, and documents all essential system characteristics. The SSI Resident Maintenance® service module is playing an increasingly important role, especially in projects of this size. HARIBO can therefore concentrate on its core business and leave the 24/7 system support in the experienced hands of service employees.
Ensuring international goods availability for HARIBO with a centralized, fully-automated distribution center