Previously, the car manufacturer housed its automotive components within a designated area of its central warehouse at the Crewe manufacturing facility.
Over time, the manual order picking of parts proved to be increasingly labour intensive so, when the need for additional space and improved efficiency arose, Bentley moved the parts division into a purpose built facility on the same site.
To significantly improve the speed and accuracy of the order picking system following its transition to the new building, TGW designed and installed a state-of-the-art automated warehousing solution.
The system that TGW provided consisted of five automated storage and retrieval (ASR) machines to service the five aisles of warehousing and 60,800 storage locations within the new parts centre.
The five 9 metre high Mustang mini-load ASR machines have rigid masts and telescopic handlers that can reach “double deep” into the storage rack maximising the use of space within the available footprint. Extremely energy efficient and with a lightweight construction and improved centre of gravity, the Mustang can also achieve high acceleration and travel speeds without a top drive, which reduces the power requirement and lowers the operating cost.
An automated conveyor system transports the parts to ergonomically designed workstations where they are presented in an optimised position for manual packing. This network of transport conveyors also links the goods receiving and product conditioning workstations to the automated storage system. All the equipment is controlled using TGW’s warehouse management system.
As a result of the installation, Bentley has benefited from improved pick accuracy and better inventory control. By making optimal use of the space within the footprint of the building, the solution has also delivered substantial operational efficiencies and cost savings.
TGW Limited is a leading supplier of highly dynamic, automated logistics solutions for warehousing and distribution operations throughout the UK and Ireland and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the TGW Logistics Group.
With solutions that offer its customers an optimum return on investment and products that are widely regarded as ‘best in class’, TGW demonstrates the highest execution standards to achieve the seamless integration of its solutions in new builds or retrofits.
In addition to the automotive sector, the company provides logistics solutions to a wide range of industries including apparel, e-commerce, food and beverage, retail, fast moving consumer goods and manufacturing.
TGW Logistics Group is a leading supplier of highly dynamic, automated logistics solutions for warehousing, production, picking and distribution operations. The company designs, manufactures and installs a complete range of solutions, from small conveyor applications to complex, fully automated storage and retrieval systems. Headquartered in Wels, Austria, the company has 10 offices on three continents and currently employs around 1,200 people worldwide.
In the financial year 2010/11, the TGW Logistics Group generated revenues of €296.8 million and is committed to continued growth through geographical expansion and investment in new product development.