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Swisslog warehouse and distribution solutions implement AutoStore for AVNET Logistics

AVNET Logistics, the world’s largest distributor of semiconductor, interconnect, passive, electromechanical and electronic systems components, has decided to implement an AutoStore system by Swisslog. The global supplier of warehouse and distribution solutions will start constructing the automatic spare parts and storage container system in the new AVNET Logistics Facility in Poing at the end of September.

AVNET Logistics, an AVNET Inc. company, specialises in logistics and added value services and as such, manages the entire component stocks for AVNET EM EMEA. The service company decided to build a new distribution center in Poing near Munich in order to optimise their logistics processes. The core of this facility is the Swisslog AutoStore System. The automated tote container system covering an area of 1,100 m2 will comprise of some 45,000 containers which are stacked in a self-supporting modular aluminium grid. This grid can store approximately 35,000 articles. 37 robots collect components from their respective slots and bring 680 totes per hour directly to the 16 workstations. The planned daily packaging volume is 5,000 order items. A further 2,000 stock receipt items will also be included.

Ludger Tillmann, CEO at AVNET Logistics comments: "We decided in favour of AutoStore not just because it is highly efficient, but also because it can be adapted perfectly to suit our facility and will further optimise our warehouse space utilisation. Another important factor for us is that capacities can be increased without interrupting our business operations."

The initial operation is planned in February 2011.

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