Automated storage halves handling and inventory

To streamline its production and logistics, Bavarian precision engineering firm Werner Weitner, which primarily manufactures components and assemblies for the global automotive and medical sectors, has centralised a large part of its activities in a new factory building at its headquarters in Eichstätt. In the process, raw material storage has been updated with the installation of two UniTower systems from Kasto, which not only save time and space, but are ergonomic and economical.

CEO Heinz Weitner says: “Our logistics was becoming a challenge, as we had expanded organically over the years. The material that is now held in the two towers of our new production and storage unit was not long ago distributed in manually operated warehouse areas across several factory buildings on our site. Now everything is bright, clean and tidy, resulting in a pleasant working atmosphere.

“We’ve used sawing machines from Kasto for many years and been extremely satisfied with their performance,” he continues. “We were aware that the company also manufactures automated storage systems for bar stock and sheet material, so we sat down together to find a solution to our requirements.”

To optimise efficiency of material flow in the new factory, Kasto recommended installing two freestanding dual tower storage systems. The UniTower 1.0 is suitable for storing and retrieving bar stock up to 3 m in length, while the UniTower 2.0 has the capacity to handle material up to 6 m long. A KastoMicut E4.6 swing-frame, pivoting-bow bandsaw is located between the two towers’ output stations. The saw is designed for the cross and mitre cutting of bar, tube and profile.

There are six other Kasto saws on site, most of which are from the KastoWin bandsaw machine series, half of which have been replaced with more recently introduced models.

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