Helkama-Auto saved space and enhanced spare parts logistics with Tornado Storage Machines

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Helkama-Auto saved space and enhanced spare parts logistics with Tornado Storage Machines

The needs for improving the central internal logistics of HelkamaCar, Škoda importer, were solved with Constructor Tornado Storage Machines. For strong growth in sales have delivery volumes of spare parts logistics quadrupled in the past ten years.

Tornado Storage Machines were acquired in connection with the enlargement of their premises. In addition also Constructor pallet racking was assembled.

The enlargement consisted of 2 500 square meters now, but without Tornado storage machines the space required would have been much larger. With Tornado solution the need for additional space was moved for years to come.

- The total number of articles is about 13 000, of which 7000 pcs are counted as small items. All small parts are stored in Tornado storage machines. After that there will remain 10 to 15 percent unused capacity, says the Logistics Manager Tuomas Kalanti, Helkama-Auto Oy.

Spare parts picking became substantially easier when the two elevator operating Constructor Tornado storage machines were delivered. The height of Tornados are 8 m, the palette size 4m x 0.82m and load capacity 500 kg.

- For us it is very important that we are able to fast spare part deliveries. Customers get the spare parts already next morning, Kalanti says.

- We will pick all received orders at the same time. The number of picking times for small parts has reduced significantly. Now one picker is able to handle two picker's work, freeing up staff for other necessary tasks caused by growing volume, Kalanti says.

After Kalanti it was particularly important to get the Tornado TC2000 - storage management software integrated with their Enterprise ERP-system.

- Constructor people looked after the integration of interfaces in good cooperation with our ERP supplier. The integration work was not even included in some supplier’s offers, Kalanti wonders.

Tornado ensures flawless picking

In no time the Tornado lift machine brings the right product and carries the palette to ergonomically correct picking height. At the same time the laser pointer points the light to the product to be picked. Desired number of items is indicated in the picking list and after picked it will be acknowledged. If necessary, the system prints out also the shipping labels.

Helkama-Auto Ltd has been operating since 1947 as Škoda importer in Finland, and it is responsible for importing Škoda cars, spare parts and accessories to Finland. Their central warehouse in Espoo serves the independent network of Škoda dealers and service stations.