In order to ensure its high level of service, the high-tech company Gira Giersiepen has built a new development, production and logistics center at its site in Radevormwald, Germany. Miebach Consulting was responsible for the planning of the logistics center and also accompanied the building technology specialist during the realization. State-of-the-art simulation and emulation techniques were used, which significantly reduced the effort and duration of the test phases.

"This project is an important milestone for our international competitiveness and future viability" - said Dirk Giersiepen, managing partner of Gira Giersiepen at the opening ceremony. The supply of production and the distribution to customers are now closely interlinked at one location. "Everything is on one level with an ideal flow of goods, connected by very efficient order picking and warehouse logistics," says Giersiepen.

With the new 30,000 square meter facility, the electrical industry company is creating the foundation for further growth. "Shorter distances, intelligent processes and improved process efficiency will lead to a significant increase in productivity," says Andreas Dürwald, Plant Manager Gira Giersiepen. "The plant secures our high service level standards. Orders for customer-specific articles are also delivered within 24 hours, if received by 11 a.m. they are delivered even on the same day".

In order to achieve this service level, the efficiency of the system plays a decisive role. "The new logistics center consists of a high retrieval capacity as well as a high component availability for supplying the pre- and final assemblies. In addition, efficient goods-to-person picking and dispatch preparation enable fast and stable processes towards distribution. - says Dr. Wolfram Süssenguth, Managing Director of Miebach Consulting Germany, about the solution.

Highlights of the solution are:

  • Innovative combined technologies for production supply and disposal
  • Automatic pallet and totes warehouses with person-to-goods picking of slow-moving items and integrated handover system for fast movers
  • Optimized pick & pack process with case calculation
  • Pull logistics
  • Optimized modular production layout
  • Processes completely controlled with SAP-EWM