FESTO opts for WITRON's highly dynamic solution also in the USA
FESTO AG continues to expand their US business and is investing 40 million US Dollars into a new production, service, and logistics center in Mason, Ohio. The facility will measure 161,500 square feet, and will open in 2015. The new Regional Service Center (RSC) will provide space for additional growth in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Due to the central location of the RSC, FESTO will be able to supply its North American customers in a more flexible manner with its innovative, customer-specific, and tailor-made solutions, and provide an even better service in terms of engineering and consulting. The stated aim is to further strengthen its position in the American market.
For this new facility, FESTO AG, the worldwide operating market leader for control and automation technology headquartered in Esslingen, made its decision once again for WITRON's logistics capabilities. As a general contractor, WITRON is responsible for the entire development and start-up of all IT, control engineering, and mechanical components.
"Since 1994, both companies have been successfully working together in the warehouse logistics area. So far, WITRON successively expanded our central warehouse in St. Ingbert, Germany in four construction phases and pro-actively adapted the material flows to our dynamic business. In consequence, we are able to provide an optimal delivery service to more than 300,000 customers in 176 countries of the world", explains Andreas Wiebe, project coordinator at FESTO. "Nevertheless, WITRON had to face a tough competition during the bidding process for the project".
In addition to a cost-efficient concept, WITRON's activity on the US market including their US subsidiary, which has been successfully running for almost 20 years, contributed to the positive decision in favor of WITRON. The US subsidiary WITRON Integrated Logistics, headquartered in Chicago, currently employs more than 400 people.
"We are very pleased that FESTO put its trust in us for the realization of this challenging North American project", says Josef Gallersdoerfer, senior project manager for WITRON. The new distribution center in Ohio will supply all North American customers in a very short time after receipt of order. "Availability of goods and short delivery times are of top priority in our industry sector", emphasizes Andreas Wiebe. "All articles ordered today have to be received by our customers on the next day". Based on the broad range of articles with more than 18,000 different products like drives, motors, controllers, valves, sensors, or image processing systems, FESTO works analogous to the German central warehouse with WITRON's standard module OPS (Order Picking System) that was adapted exactly to the special customer requirements.
Of particular note are the seven high-efficiency pick workstations including the corresponding, downstream packing stations. The stations were developed according to strict ergonomic specifications. Every workstation is able to pick up to four customer orders at the same time. Moreover, a pick-by-light system and an integrated scale ensure a very high pick quality. Thus, it is possible to pack a total of up to 500 customer packages without any errors at a peak day and ship them in a timely manner.
A ten-aisle AS/RS with 73,000 locations, designed for different tote sizes, provides the picking and packaging area with goods over a conveyor system network. Integrated sequence buffers ensure a sequence-friendly provision of the ordered goods at the workstation and an optimal workload of the pick and pack locations. At the same time, these sequence buffers decouple the AS/RS stacker cranes from the picking sequence.
For many years, FESTO AG has been characterized by consistent growth. This refers to both the core markets in Germany / Europe and many other sales regions around the globe. FESTO currently employs some 16,700 staff members and achieved a group revenue of 2.28 billion Euros. FESTO has associations in 61 countries and 250 subsidiaries worldwide.