Gira starts Operation at new Plant with Hightech-Logistics System by Aberle

Building technology specialist Gira moves operations to a new 30,000 square meter production, logistics and office complex. For the logistics section, system integrator Aberle provided and implemented a future-oriented, sustainable facility concept with high-performance system components, intelligent material flow und a holistic, energy-efficient material flow control.

On October 6th, nearly two years after laying the foundation stone, Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG celebrated the grand opening of the new Production-, Development- and Logistics-Center in Radevormwald. By moving production and logistics to the new facility, the electronics manufacturer directed their focus on sustainable, further company growth. An essential pillar for this is the logistics system at the new location. Aberle GmbH, Leingarten, was awarded the contract as general contractor for intralogistics in this mega-project. As system integrator for highly complex automation projects under the roof of Körber Logistics, Aberle established a computer-controlled high-tech logistics system, exactly customized according to the requirements of the mid-size technology company with complex technical building equipment for profound process automation.

For the processing of incoming goods, storing, as well as production supply and removal of products Aberle erected, beneath a cantilever rack, a fully automated, 4-aisle pallet high bay warehouse with around 6,000 storing positions and connected picking-workstations. The scope of deliveries and services also included a 5-aisle miniload for mixed 4-fold-deep and double-deep tote handling by 10 stacker cranes: with 2 stacker cranes situated on each rail and conveyor connections on every side. The miniload has a total capacity of more than 300,000 storing positions for small load carriers on the basis of the tote base dimensions 400 x 300 mm. A total of ten integrated Pick-by-Light-guided workstations with rack flow channels are directly served by the miniload-stacker cranes. Further picking workstations at both fronts of the miniload, together with the adjacent packing workstations, are also automatically supplied. Internal goods transports and the connection of demand centers between incoming goods and shipping zone are conducted by pallet and tote conveyors. These are customized for fully automatic handling of Europallets as well as for a variety of carton formats mixed with plastic totes of two different sizes.