Westznetz is an independent distribution system operator for electricity and gas and is operating various grids of different owners. The company is a 100% subsidiary of RWE. With 5.300 employees Westnetz is responsible for planning, construction, maintenance and operation of 195.000 km electricity grid and 26.000 km gas network.
In the logistics centre in Brauweiler near Cologne Westnetz stores thousands of articles for the operation and repair of the networks. The location reached its capacity limits. In the existing building a new automated high bay warehouse was integrated by agiplan and customized to the optimized processes.
Result: More capacity, faster order processing
The capacity could be expanded up to 9000 spaces, due to this existing space are used 3 times more efficient. The lead times of all orders have been reduce by more than half and through warehouse automation and reduction of forklift traffic the risk of accident has been significantly reduced.
Edwin Schick, logistics manager of Westnetz: "Together with agiplan we have turned everything upside down, tested interfaces, questioned processes, reorganized spaces. On the bottom line, we not only gained capacity, but we now we can process orders faster and managed them better".