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PCI Augsburg, Germany, increases provision of goods performance with Interroll Dynamic Storage system

posted on May 19, 2015

Sant'Antonino, Switzerland, 19 May 2015. PCI Augsburg GmbH is one of the leading companies in the operating division of BASF Construction Chemicals and manufactures powder and dispersion products at its Augsburg plant in Germany. The company promises its customers that goods will arrive within a maximum of 24 hours after they have been ordered throughout Germany, Austria and most of Switzerland. This requires optimal logistic processes which PCI Augsburg continuously seeks to improve.


In 2013, PCI Augsburg decided to replace the bulk storage it had been previously using for provision of goods with a new solution. By separating provision of goods and the loading process, they were hoping to reduce travel routes and times on the one hand and, on the other hand, increase the security of the provision of goods process.


In close cooperation with the system integrator LTA Lagertechnik Detlef Albrecht, a company that PCI Augsburg has been working successfully with for many years, the decision was made in favor of a modern Interroll Dynamic Storage system.


Eduard Kirschenmann, Head of PCI distribution centers, on the requirements the new system had to meet: “The demands placed on our provision of goods are constantly changing and the product range is becoming more and more diversified. For us, it was important the new system would allow us to perform handling more quickly with less space requirement and higher security for our employees. And this was successfully achieved with the Interroll Dynamic Storage system.”


Jürgen Remitschka, Head of the Distribution Center in Augsburg, adds: “We now have much more space and forklift movements are greatly reduced because the travel paths are much shorter.”


The challenge in realizing this project was that the euro pallets are basically transported crosswise and differ greatly in weight from 200 kg up to 1,200 kg. A 2-year function warranty taking 3-shift operation into consideration was also important to PCI Augsburg in awarding this contract.


In close cooperation with Interroll, LTA Lagertechnik Detlef Albrecht has developed a gravity-driven dynamic storage solution according to the FIFO principle (first in-first out) that includes 21 channels and 189 pallet positions that optimally meet these requirements for the customer.


The roller conveyors used here are divided into two parts with staggered speed controllers. They are also set up to be very wide to improve load distribution and therefore also the running characteristics. This also contributes to a long service life of the elements used. The offset roller axles help to better support the transversely grouped pallet runners and thus guarantee the constant restart of the pallets. The dynamic storage modules in the five percent inclined flow channels use gravity to allow the pallets to roll energy neutrally and directionally stable from the input to the picking face.


“The Magnetic Speed Controller from Interroll is sophisticated high-speed control technology that allows for the function reliability of the running pallets to be increased significantly,” comments Detlef Albrecht on the security aspect of the Interroll Dynamic Storage system.


The Interroll speed controller (Magnetic Speed Controller) allows for an optimum braking effect to be achieved and thus increases the life span of the wear-free controller quite considerably. The speed of transport of the pallets is maintained at 0.3 m/s regardless of their weight. It is currently the only patented magnetic speed controller on the market. In combination with the safety separator (Time Plus Separator), which uses a time interval element to allow for safe and easy unloading of the front pallet before the next pallet follows, both employee safety and ease of use is guaranteed. When the first pallet is lifted for unloading, the next pallet is released in the channel only after a time lag. The forklift driver therefore has enough time to remove the pallet safely before the second pallet follows.


“I have been working with Interroll for many years and greatly appreciate the fact that each project is considered individually and tests are carried out in advance of installation to ensure that the end customer receives a solution that meets his needs one hundred percent,” says Albrecht.


To ensure long-term trouble-free operation and the highest standards for safety, a selection of customer pallets were sent to the Interroll Center of Excellence for Dynamic Storage in La Roche-sur-Yon, France, so that in-depth trials could be performed. To find the best possible solution, different loads were tested on roller test tracks under controlled conditions. These tests took the gradient of the slope into account, the controlled pickup speed, separation and restart of standing pallet loads.



Petra Müller

Interroll (Schweiz) AG

Head of PR and Investor Relations

Via Gorelle 3 │ 6592 Sant'Antonino │ Switzerland

+41 91 850 25 21




Press Release "PCI Augsburg, Germany, increases provision of goods performance with Interroll Dynamic Storage system" (PDF)

"Interroll Dynamic Storage at PCI Augsburg, Germany" (PDF)

"Interroll Dynamic Storage at PCI Augsburg allows for crosswise transport of euro pallets with great differences in weight" (PHOTO)

"Offset roller axles guarantee a constant restart of the pallets" (PHOTO)



Interroll Profile

The Interroll Group is a worldwide leading producer of high-quality key products and services for internal logistics. The company offers a broad product range in the four product groups “rollers”, “drives”, “conveyors & sorters” and “pallet & carton flow” to around 23,000 customers (system integrators and OEMs) around the world. Core industries are courier, parcel and postal services, airports, food processing industry as well as distribution centers and other industries. Interroll products are in daily use at amongst others well-known global brands such as Amazon, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Coop, DHL, FedEx, Peugeot, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Walmart and Yamaha. Interroll is engaged in global research projects for logistics efficiency and actively supports industry associations in developing standards. Headquartered in Sant’Antonino, Switzerland, Interroll operates a worldwide network of 31 companies with around 1,800 employees. The company was founded in 1959. The Interroll Group has been listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange and included in the SPI index since 1997.


About LTA Lagertechnik Detlef Albrecht

The company based in Oy Mittelberg was founded in 1994 by Detlef Albrecht and offers racking technology solutions. Due to the individual customer service, LTA Lagertechnik is often first choice for niche solutions. LTA consistently uses the entire width of the market to delight its customers again and again with innovative products and ideas. The range of customers includes all industries, ranging from artisans through trading companies to major industrial operations such as PCI Augsburg.


About PCI Augsburg GmbH
The company PCI was founded in 1950 as Poly-Chemie-Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH. Today, PCI Augsburg GmbH is one of the leading companies in the operating division of BASF Construction Chemicals and produces powder and dispersion products at its Augsburg plant. The brand PCI stands for innovation and quality. Since the foundation of PCI the company has distinguished itself in the area of developing new technologies and applications, thus being able to develop revolutionary products. It continuously complements its product range with high quality products which are compatible and can be used in combination.


Interroll (Schweiz) AG
P.O. Box 566 - Via Gorelle 3
CH-6592 Sant'Antonino
Tel: +41 91 850 25 25




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