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Vergauwe K&P

Vergauwe K&P

Vergauwe K&P in Nieuwpoort is a 3rd generation family business that sells and repairs agricultural and horticultural machines, but also carries out soil and agricultural work itself. After installing a brand-new warehouse lift, they called on eff-fill to do the layout.

Project details

date 2020-02
  • 1 x Hänel Leanlift® controlled by CarfacM
  • 32 drawers filled (2,460 x 825)
  • 1,482 different part

“Jan once organised the stock for us and he does good advertising for his warehouse services, so it didn’t take long to make the choice to call on him to fill in our new warehouse lift”, says Ann Stroo.

 

“We had a specific requirement to combine different groups of parts per drawer so that we could use fewer drawers and still keep certain parts together. That took a lot of puzzling, but Jan started working on it and using his software program eff-fill, he effectively found a solution. But it didn’t stop there: you not only get an overview and a schedule for proper filling, but also a lot of advice. Jan was there when we did the inventory beforehand and also for the final move. He explained everything clearly, step by step. If we had done everything ourselves, it not only would have taken much longer, but it would have been less efficient. We would certainly recommend that other companies use Jan’s experience and knowledge.”

Project details

Datum 2020-02
1 x Hänel Leanlift® controlled by CarfacM
32 drawers filled (2,460 x 825)
1,482 different part
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Project 2019-11: Wabtec Netherlands

Project 2019-11: Wabtec Netherlands

As part of a US group, Wabtec Netherlands is a supplier to the railway industry. Because the company develops configurations according to the made-to-order principle and also has its own purchasing-sales activity, it stores many different components in its warehouse.

Project details

date 2019-11
  • 2 x Kardex Megamat RS 350 controlled by Kardex Power Pick Global
  • 48 drawers filled (3,050 x 628)
  • 2,081 different parts
  • Vertical space used: 4,800 mm

After taking over three companies, Wabtec decided to centralise its Dutch activities in one service centre, specifically in Ede. Because the relocation of the old carrousel systems proved to be too expensive, two new carrousel warehouse systems were also purchased. These were higher and had deeper shelves than the old systems.

 

“When I joined Wabtec, they were in the process of organising the warehouse move”, says Supply Chain and Demand Planning Manager William Ruiter. “But because this seemed to be difficult and expensive, we ultimately decided to work with someone who had done this kind of thing before. At my previous employer, I had positive experiences with Jan who had managed a similar project on the basis of his eff-fill process. One small problem: the physical move was planned for 7 weeks later. But Jan visited us the same week and made a limited inventory to assess the feasibility of the project. He had previously moved a shelf warehouse to a shuttle system and a carrousel to a shuttle, but he had never outlined the process from carrousel to carrousel. So it was a challenge for him, too, but he did succeed. We received a step-by-step plan and from that moment on, everything went smoothly, both the preparation and the physical move itself, which Jan also guided us with. We moved right on schedule at the end of November and the following Monday we were able to get back to work.”

Project details

Datum 2019-11
2 x Kardex Megamat RS 350 controlled by Kardex Power Pick Global
48 drawers filled (3,050 x 628)
2,081 different parts
Vertical space used: 4,800 mm
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Project 2019-08: KPS Netherlands

Project 2019-08: KPS Netherlands

KPS Nederland

Kimman Process Solutions provides automated sampling systems for custody transfer in the oil and gas industry. Up until recently, the company had a warehouse that was large, in the sense that the parts were spread over a large surface area. “In our new building, we replaced our shelving system with a vertical carousel system in order to use the functional surface space more efficiently”, explains CEO Andor Gyurik. “But we didn’t have the expertise to actually organise the change ourselves.”

Project details

date 2019-08
  • 1 x Kardex Megamat RS 350
  • 46 trays filled (3250 x 628)
  • 885 different parts
  • Vertical space used: 8490 mm

“The supplier of the carousel system put us in touch with Jan. It was clear already from our first meeting that he had the expertise we were looking for and that – just as we had suspected – careful planning was key.
I think that Jan was a bit taken aback by our ambitious plan of getting the move done in just one month’s time. But he took up the challenge and delivered on every one of his promises. He had to work on a tight deadline, but so did we: we had plenty of homework of our own to do. Meanwhile, he kept a close eye on the progress. We received same-day feedback on the data we supplied. And Jan would call us first thing the next morning to discuss the next steps. He had a very good sense of how to keep things moving along.
Our warehouse has everything we wanted it to have, and it’s more efficient. The next step is to take a more thoughtful approach to managing our stock, which is possible thanks to the better overview that we now have.”

Project details

Datum 2019-08
1 x Kardex Megamat RS 350
46 trays filled (3250 x 628)
885 different parts
Vertical space used: 8490 mm
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Project 2019-06: VanRiet MHS

Project 2019-06: VanRiet MHS

The Dutch company VanRiet Material Handling Systems has been a global specialist for over 65 years in the design, integration, installation and maintenance of automated transport and sorting solutions for the logistical challenges faced by its customers.

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date 2019-06
  • 3 x Kardex Shuttle XP 500
  • 65 trays filled (3650 x 864)
  • 1241 different parts
  • 1397 containers + extra replenishment
  • Vertical space used: 15675 mm

Having recently experienced rapid growth, the company decided to create more warehouse surface area and install new systems in order to shorten the throughput time. Mark van Riet, supply chain project manager: “We briefly considered filling those systems ourselves within a timeframe of 10 working days. That would require very strict order picking planning in order to avoid production downtime. However, it soon became clear that Jan could get the job
done much faster and had vastly superior expertise in getting maximum results from the systems. We found that out
the hard way: through a decision of our own – which Jan had advised against because of the ramifications – a system
temporarily functioned more slowly than we had hoped. In the end, filling the warehouse systems took a day and a
half. That’s mainly because Jan had really thought it through with us and proved highly flexible. We were also able to
reach him on weekends. Everything he provided to us was clear and high-quality. I would certainly recommend his
services.” went without a hitch.”

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Datum 2019-06
3 x Kardex Shuttle XP 500
65 trays filled (3650 x 864)
1241 different parts
1397 containers + extra replenishment
Vertical space used: 15675 mm
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Project 2019-05: Summa NV

Project 2019-05: Summa NV

Summa NV in Gistel is a manufacturer of vinyl cutting machines for the advertising and textile industries. The rapidly growing organisation has an annual turnover of 35 million euros.

Project details

date 2019-05
  • 3 x Kardex Shuttle XP 500
  • 84 drawers filled (3050 x 864)
  • 1787 different parts, 3006 containers + extra replenishment
  • Vertical space used: 12,125 mm

“When we purchased new Kardex systems, for filling them, we were advised to call upon the services of Jan De Graeve”, explains Rik Muylle, Director of Operations. “As soon as we spoke to him, we felt on the same wavelength in terms of knowledge and possibilities. Based on a thorough tour of the warehouse and accurately providing all the necessary data, he advised us on the type of trays to purchase, 11 different types in total. Using his self-created eff-fill software, he also calculated how the trays could be efficiently filled. Moving labels were printed in preparation for setting up the storage arrangements. Thanks to this good preparation and crystal-clear agreements, we were able to move 3,000 items in a single
day. On the morning of the second day, there was another check and that was it, the job was done. The system using drawers divided into smaller trays works great. It makes picking much faster and allows us to better manage our stock.”

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Datum 2019-05
3 x Kardex Shuttle XP 500
84 drawers filled (3050 x 864)
1787 different parts, 3006 containers + extra replenishment
Vertical space used: 12,125 mm
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Project 2018-08: Shake-Hand

Project 2018-08: Shake-Hand

Shake-Hand is een gespecialiseerde toeleverancier van bedieningsonderdelen van Elesa-Ganter. Het bedrijf mag de grootste machinebouwers tot zijn klanten rekenen.

Project details

date 2018-08
  • 2 x Kardex LR 35 aangestuurd door Kardex Power Pick Global
  • 1414 lades gevuld (400 x 600)
  • 5527 verschillende onderdelen
  • 6089 containers + extra aanvulling

Enkele maanden geleden besliste Shake-Hand om zijn 1.900 m2 grote magazijn met zo’n 6.600 artikelreferenties te verhuizen naar een automatisch opslagsysteem (2 x Kardex LR 35). Om de eerste vulling van de magazijnkasten in goede banen te leiden, deed de firma een beroep op de gespecialiseerde eff-fill service van Jan De Graeve. Eff-fill is de naam van het softwarepakket dat Jan speciaal ontwikkeld heeft voor het optimaal invullen van magazijnen. “We zagen eerlijk gezegd wat op tegen de verhuis, maar het is allemaal snel en goed verlopen”, zegt Niek Lerou van Shake-Hand. “Op basis van onze inventarisatie stelde Jan ons de meest geschikte invulling van het nieuwe magazijn voor, met daaraan gekoppelde picklijsten. Na de verhuis voerde hij nog een positiecontrole uit met de eff-fill Controller
software. Na een grondige voorbereiding konden we op slechts 1 week tijd alles picken, checken en inputten in ons beheersysteem. We konden daarbij altijd rekenen op een open en duidelijke communicatie van Jan.”

Project details

Datum 2018-08
2 x Kardex LR 35 aangestuurd door Kardex Power Pick Global
1414 lades gevuld (400 x 600)
5527 verschillende onderdelen
6089 containers + extra aanvulling
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Project 2018-03: Santon Holland

Project 2018-03: Santon Holland

For nearly 60 years, Santon Holland has been developing, manufacturing, delivering and maintaining switching devices. From small standard switches to large, custom-made switches.

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date 2018-03
  • 2 x Kardex Shuttle XP
  • 58 drawers filled (3050 x 610)
  • 2775 different parts
  • 3370 containers + extra replenishment
  • vertical space used: 10450 mm

They found Jan De Graeve bvba through the distributor for their warehouse system. The company hired him to help move its rack warehouse to a brand new shuttle system (2 x Kardex Shuttle). William Ruiter explains how the preparation and the move took place. “First, together with Jan, we took inventory of all the items in the warehouse, and then Jan came up with a plan of action. During the move itself, he helped with applying stickers and moving the equipment, before then entering it into our management package. Minor problems were solved then and there. In under 3 days, we were able to ‘go live’ with our new warehouse.”

William Ruiter found Jan’s advice to be highly valuable, he reports. “His help is really welcome, especially if you have never managed a move before. Experience has taught us that external consultants can cost quite a lot of money, relative to the results, but in Jan’s case, it was quite the opposite. He knows how to get the job done and takes a no-frills, highly pragmatic approach.”

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Datum 2018-03
2 x Kardex Shuttle XP
58 drawers filled (3050 x 610)
2775 different parts
3370 containers + extra replenishment
vertical space used: 10450 mm
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Project 2017-12: Pattyn Packing Lines

Project 2017-12: Pattyn Packing Lines

Pattyn Packing Lines wanted to install two new Kardex systems and due to shortage of time and lack of experience with the application of warehouse systems, they turned to Jan.

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date 2017-12
  • 2 x Kardex Hoca
  • 2 x Kardex MegaMat
  • 5575 different locations used

“It went flawlessly”, explains Benjamin de Chilly. “Jan uses a good software and he is readily available for help and advice. Based on the dimensions of the parts, our minimum stock and the number of pieces that we order each year, Jan first offered us a proposal for which boxes we should use and how many pieces could be stored in each box. His calculations with eff-fill confirmed that we had chosen the right systems. He then organised the loading of the racks. Each location was determined in advance. Honestly, I think that if we had had to do that manually, we could never have managed it. Or in any case, it would have taken a very long time. There was a slight discrepancy between the initial lists that were provided to Jan, and the final number of pieces in stock, but that was smoothly resolved. We also had two
carousel systems that had to be transferred from fixed to dynamic locations. After reorganisation, there was a double check with eff-fill Controller to see whether all the pieces were in fact in the right place. Filling the racks went without a hitch.”

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Datum 2017-12
2 x Kardex Hoca
2 x Kardex MegaMat
5575 different locations used
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Project 2017-11: OSG Europe Logistics

Project 2017-11: OSG Europe Logistics

OSG Europe Logistics planned an internal move of some 9,000 parts from a static to an automatic stock. Via Kardex, the supplier of their warehouse systems, they came into contact with Jan.

Project details

date 2017-11
  • 3 x Kardex LR 35
  • 2729 drawers filled (400 x 600)
  • 8,799 different parts
  • 19273 boxes filled, checked and moved

“Jan was available at fairly short notice”, notes Amélie Daubremé. “He first made an analysis of the warehouse. Based on the data that we supplied on the size and numbers of parts and dimensions of the boxes, Jan used the eff-fill software to create a roadbook for the move. This enabled us to put together our moving teams. Thanks to the reliable roadbook we were able to work efficiently and the move was done within the scheduled time. At the end, there was a double check with eff-fill Controller so that the margin of error was extremely small. The interaction between the teams and Jan was very good and Jan was also very accessible for answering our questions.”

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Datum 2017-11
3 x Kardex LR 35
2729 drawers filled (400 x 600)
8,799 different parts
19273 boxes filled, checked and moved
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Project 2016-11: Huet

Project 2016-11: Huet

Huet, a Scania and Mercedes-Benz truck dealership, wanted to complete their move to a new garage in a single week and also wanted to save space in the warehouse layout.

Project details

date 2016-11
  • 1 x Kardex Shuttle
  • 65 drawers filled (3050 x 864)
  • 2,309 different parts
  • vertical space used: 11025 mm

“These two questions led us to Jan and his eff-fill software”, says Michel Huet. “We discussed how we could best approach the preparatory stock inventory. We provided Jan with the inventory lists with all the parameters such as type of part, family and dimensions. On that basis, he proposed the most efficient warehouse layout. The move itself went very smoothly: everything was ready in the right boxes, with the right labels. We were able to just fill the racks without having to think about the best location for each part at the time. The job was done in two days, without any errors or problems. On the third day, the Kardex system and our software were operational. In total we moved 2,309 parts to 65 Kardex shelves.”

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Datum 2016-11
1 x Kardex Shuttle
65 drawers filled (3050 x 864)
2,309 different parts
vertical space used: 11025 mm