With its brave design, Duravit has made a name for itself both nationally and internationally over the years, offering groundbreaking sanitary trends that embody timelessly beautiful bathroom aesthetics. The success of this bathroom manufacturer based in Hornberg, Germany, is reflected in the sales growth of around 16.4 percent. The new tub + wellness division founded in 2002 has particularly contributed to this positive result. This rapid development has posed a logistical challenge for Duralog, a 100-percent subsidiary of Duravit AG.
Operating from its central warehouse in Achern, Duralog Duravit Logistik GmbH has been responsible for the seamless delivery of Duravit products worldwide since 2001. The planning at the time was based on handling washstands, toilets, and accessories made from sanitary ceramic. The old warehouse has a total of 28 pallet racking systems and one shelving system over 8000 square meters serving the conventional Duravit AG product range. The resounding success of the new tub + wellness section quickly led to logistical bottlenecks.
META MULTIPAL Pallet Racking
The part random warehouse system makes the man-to-goods principle more efficient. Only the picking locations at ground level are stipulated. The levels above follow the random storage principle.
The 5000 square-meter expansion was to be implemented in the same way as the old warehouse. This included the usable height of 12 meters with lots of natural light to create a bright and friendly working atmosphere for over 65 employees. For logistics, Duralog highly values the proven flexibility that enables and ensures good product accessibility where even small quantities can be picked quickly and conveniently. From unloading, storage and filling of the racking system right through to the picking and loading of goods, the work processes that have worked successfully for years were adopted in the new logistics center.
The challenge for META lay in the specific requirements that Duralog had for the racking systems. To enable the pallets to be stored in a single block with various products and various sizes, each level needed clearance of 1.6 to 2.05 meters. This is because each tub rests on a specifically tailored pallet that needs to be able to be stored in any rack, regardless of the zone in question. “We wanted to be able store all existing and future tub pallets in the new warehouse without having to make structural changes,” explains Braig.
The new area was increased to 44 rows of racks, comprising a mixture of one Europallet racking system and META drive in/drive through racks.
As META had already implemented the first section of the central warehouse in Achern to the complete satisfaction of Duralog, the company turned to the Arnsberg warehouse specialist once again for this project. “Opting for META was a quick decision. None of the other warehouse system manufacturers could agree to our individual requirements with the specified safety guidelines and the required flexibility. META offered us an optimal solution that met all requirements,” says Managing Director Thomas Braig.
“Customers use the flexibility that we offer them and place their orders accordingly. We must therefore be in the position to access each individual part quickly,” says Duralog Operations Manager Stéphane Fritz as she explains the requirements of the flexible storage.