Jakobs Autoteile GmbH
Fully automatic miniloads warehouse with picking stations
The project / The customer requirement
Jakobs Autoteile with headquarters in Idar-Oberstein in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate is one of the country’s largest autoparts distributors. 80,000 different car parts from steering gears to catalytic converters, from brakes to snow chains are kept in stock in the 7,000-square-metre distribution centre located at the company headquarters. The company supplies wholesalers, workshops and eight of its own specialised shops in the region – about 3,000 established customers.
About 700 orders of individual items up to 100 item pallets per order are sorted daily, and the trend is increasing. Orders from the online shop have seen a rapid increase in particular. This has had long-term consequences on intralogistics. Those who order through the Internet don’t want to wait long. These online orders are focused more on smaller items and less on lots. As a company oriented toward growth, Jakobs responded and decided to set up an automated small parts warehouse in order to speed up order completion and increase picking quality. Jakobs also decided to convert to a new warehouse management system to optimise inventory and process management.
Aberle was awarded the contract for the new construction project as general contractor. This involved an automated warehouse system with a cohesive material flow concept and efficient process management.
The automated small parts warehouse can be expanded by three aisles and two additional picking stations. Aberle already included plans for this expansion in the system design.