The motor behind Industry 4.0

More than 500 invited guests from around the world met for the first Expert Forum C-Parts Management at Industriepark Würth in Bad Mergentheim to discuss the challenges of Industry 4.0, digitalisation and autonomisation in the industrial sector and logistics industry.

There are already numerous technological innovations in the logistics industry. Clear trends here are collaboration and self-organising processes. Apart from representatives from Kärcher, KUKA, STILL and Würth, the top-class speakers included Prof. Dr. Michael ten Hompel, for whom logistics play the central role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Expert forum C-Parts Management



Würth Industrie Service’s extended logistics centre starts operation

Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG has expanded its European logistics centre in Bad Mergentheim. A new fully automatic high-rack warehouse has raised capacity by more than 49,000 pallet storage slots to currently around 650,000 storage locations, 150,000 of them for pallets alone.

Würth Industrie Service is therefore now able to offer maximum supply security of C-Parts to customers in more than 35 countries. The new logistics area was opened in mid-May in the course of the Expert Forum C-Parts Management.

The new high-rack warehouse extends over a length of 120 metres and a height of 45 metres, making it one of the biggest of its kind in the whole of Europe.

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Integration of the storage and retrieval machines

Expansion of logistics center is coming to an end: storage and retrieval machines integrated into new high-bay warehouse.

On Tuesday, 28 March 2017, the storage and retrieval machines were delivered and installed for Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG’s new high-bay warehouse at Würth Industrial Park in Bad Mergentheim.

Storage and retrieval machines (SRM) are the heart of the new high-bay warehouse at Würth Industrie Service. They are column-guided vehicles that are used to store and retrieve goods. Five completely automated SRMs operate in the five aisles of the newly erected high-bay warehouse at Würth Industrie Service. The warehouse, which is 45 m high and 120 m long, is among the largest warehouses of its kind in Europe and forms the basis for continued maximum supply security for all customers. It currently has a capacity of 49,000 pallet spaces.

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On 21 July 2016, the ground work began in advance of construction of the most modern logistics centre for industrial supply in Europe at Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG. This moment was marked with an official ground-breaking ceremony featuring 30 invited guests, including Mayor Udo Glatthaar, member of the German parliament Margaret Horb, the planners and engineers involved, as well as Würth Industrie Service management.

"The start of these construction works forms the foundation for further growth of Würth Industrie Service. As a leading industrial partner in C-parts, we have to ensure that out of 1,000,000 products, the correct C-Part is always in the right place at the right time for our customers' production and maintenance tasks", said Rainer Bürkert, Executive Vice President of the Würth Group. "And not just in Germany, but across the whole of Europe."

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Groundbreaking new high rack warehouse
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