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Clothing retailer installs automated hanging garment storage and retrieval system

10 April 2013

German clothing retailer BRAX recognised the benefits of centralising its trouser distribution, a move that would achieve faster access to the garments and a reduction of the logistical unit costs.

The solution involved further expansion of storage capacity and investment in an automatic conveyor and sorter system from Dürkopp Fördertechnik.


BRAX uses the Dürkopp roll adapter system in its new warehouse. This system can transport and sort virtually every type of standard hanger to be found on the market. It functions simply and reliably because each hanger is transported in its own adapter. Control is via the RFiD transponder linked with the adapter.


With a level height of just 1.9m, the system was planned optimally, so that it was possible to fit six levels into the building. Due to the high packing density of 45 articles per metre, the company has two free levels available for further expansions. This was an unexpected bonus.


"A 150 metre long pick storage area requires three motors with a total power that corresponds to no more than that of a standard coffee maker.”


With up to 600,000 pairs of trousers stored in the system, BRAX can remove any individual article from storage in one hour. The aim is for the order to be delivered to the customer the following day.


The design offers low energy consumption. A 150 metre long pick storage area, for example, only requires three motors with a total power that corresponds to no more than that of a standard coffee maker.


The transition point and the point for transport of the articles out of another logistics building are located on the ground floor. After automatic allocation of the hangers to the adapters, the materials handling equipment conveys the goods over three storage levels. 

The 32 pick storage areas on each level are the heart of the system. They take in the goods in a long oval and deliver them back into the conveyor system when required.


Back on the ground floor the articles are moved through a 3-stage matrix sorting phase. When sorting is completed the garments are in the correct sequence for the customer’s order and are transported to the 20 packing stations. The goods are then conveyed to the goods-out area.

 

Key Points

• Low personnel costs.

• Fast access to every single item.

• Continuous inventory.

• High level of reliability.

• High packing density.


 
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