The retrofitting operation took place over the space of just 12 months. The result: a cable repository that serves as a storage and reloading space for sheaves with a diameter of up to ø 2.2 m and a weight of up to 4.8 metric tons. It has been provided with an automated storage and retrieval machine, which loads and unloads 2803 sheaves in six side aisles. The cable sheave depository itself measures in at 17 m in depth, 43 m in width, and 74 m in length. Plus, as part of the modernization work, QR codes have been added as a means of identifying the sheaves. With storage management software in use, the running of the repository is fully automated. In order to guarantee efficient use of the space, the sheaves are moved around overnight by an automated reorganization software program that prioritizes on the basis of an ABC analysis.
When the sheave depository was modernized, a forklift control system was also introduced, meaning that all transportation jobs in logistics are now transferred directly to the forklift terminal without the need for any paperwork.
And with that another interim goal has been achieved. In pursuit of the aim of forging ahead with the company's development, a start has already been made on the next step: Digitized import customs clearance is to have been integrated into the supply chain process by the end of 2017.