Albatros Logistics Ltd. is part of the international logistics company called Albatros Logistics Service GmbH based in Vienna. The company´s business is specialized in automotive and electronics sectors. Its mainly deals with the transportation of materials to and from European and Asian countries and with warehouse management.

Company is building a net of warehouses in central Europe. The first basic step is to offer outsource warehousing solution for SEJONG Slovakia, exhaust manufacturer for KIA Slovakia.

Entering

The basic concept was to design processes which are able to implement WMS (Warehouse Management System) into  Warehouse’s operations management considering the specifications of the orderer and SEJONG Slovakia, its main customer.

Within the quality policy, the customer is being audited by KIA 5* which is a quality guarantee of company KIA Slovakia. It is obliged to keep all internal and external/ outsourced processes on top level.

Choosing the supplier

Albatros Logistics Ltd. picked multiple suppliers that were presenting their ideas. They selected MULTIMAGE Ltd. based on the criteria set by SEJONG.

Basic internal processes of the customer

The subject of storage is a specific material needed for manufacturing exhausts  assembled in Korea and then shipped to Slovakia for further processing. The material is packed into pre-destined trollyes exported to assembly lines and then processed during a given manufacturing strategy. The final products – exhausts are delivered on time to KIA company.

Warehouse specifics

  • 2000 pallet positions
  • Area of 3000m2

Warehouse type

  • High Rack system
  • 4 docs/gates
  • 10 warehouse operators
  • 2 shift leaders
  • 2 shift operation

Project scope and implementation

Project was to design and implement hardware structure of IT including wireless coverage of the warehouse, rack labeling and information systems.

Stages

  • Analyze/Plan
  • Run basic WMS (3weeks)
  • Prototype, Testing (1 month)
  • Users` training
  • Prepare for 5* audit
  • Reach 5* audit
  • Active customer support
  • Remote users support

Future

  • To reach new businesses in Czech Republic and Korea
  • To install LCD boards for displaying inbo- und/outbound (current status)
  • To implement further WMS solutions in other sectors

WMS Layout

The warehouse is divided into logical units (areas, sections). The smallest unit is called the location. The rack system is divided into other zones by weight: Normal Storage, Open Pallets, and Damaged Parts.

Material flow: Inbound => High Rack => Working Center => Delivery and Open Pallets.

Inbound

Inbound pre-alerts are received via e-mail and imported into WMS by a  simple Excel file. The pre-alerts are processed in WMS when LOTs (list of tables/batches) as well as handling units are generated for storage alerts.

Receive and put-away works upon defined Inbound strategy. WMS suggests locations for pallet placing considering the material type, dimensions and weight. Pallets are then placed to corresponding locations based on the put-away lists.

Outbound

Outbound alerts are created on the daily basis and imported into WMS.

Export orders are transformed into ware- house’s orders. Shift-leader releases so called picklists for warehousemen to pick the correct material for the  orders. Picking is done upon manual picklists or by Unitech scan- ners.

Picking strategy

Picking is done via FIFO methodology. System picks by whole pallets or only certain amount of the mateial depending on its category. It is prioritized to pick first from Open Pellets and then from High Rack.

Packing/Exporting material

Pallets removed from rack system are, based on types, properly repacked into trolleys and scanned (labels are printed). The pallets are then moved to Staging Zone. The unpacked material is moved back to Open Pallets zone.

 

MrJeong

Mr. Jeong, Albatros Founder

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