Customer reference: LMC Caravan GmbH & Co. KG: Small-sized bin handling

Success Story LMC

In its core business as a caravan and motor home manufacturer, LMC Caravan GmbH & Co. KG, as part of the Erwin Hymer Group, produces high-quality caravans and motor homes for the European market at its Sassenberg location.

Modern, sustainable C-Parts management means far more than just supplying the required items. In fact, the supplier is now developing into a comprehensive partner who is integrated into the system-based process landscape, and creates the necessary basis to meet the requirements of Industry 4.0 through the use of integrated, automated systems and services. As a C-Parts partner, Würth Industrie Service supports its customers in implementing fully automated and digitalised logistics processes, which shorten response times, detect fluctuations in demand and trigger reorders accordingly.

 

Objective of the new production supply

  • Smooth production process
  • Maximum increase in productivity
  • Time and procurement efforts
  • Supply security through automated re-ordering
  • Optimised storage space
  • Innovative technologies

The solution: Small-sized bin handling via RFID Kanban

As part of the latest pilot study, Würth Industrie Service now automatically delivers its small-sized bin (W-KLT®2.0 S) to LMC Caravan GmbH & Co. KG’s decentralised place of use using an RFID-enabled mother bin or carrier bin (W-KLT®2.0 4315 or W-KLT®2.0 4115). The pilot study on small-sized bin handling via RFID-Kanban started in November 2020.

The small-sized bins W-KLT®2.0 S are designed keeping in mind the needs of the workplace, and thus ensure a more efficient process design for individual workstations. For batch traceability, the pre-picked small-sized bins have an additional label including master data such as item description, and will have their own RFID tag in the future. This makes it possible to not only control consumption at the workplace using intelligent RFID solutions, but also to track the contents of the bins to the actual place of use. While the employees previously filled their own bins manually at the storage location, the C-Parts partner will provide a pre-defined quantity with the small-sized bins defined as returnable packaging, thus eliminating the need to pick up own bins at the customer’s site. The small-sized bins are integrated into the mother bin W-KLT®2.0 for shipping to the customer. Thanks to their compatibility with the existing bin sizes of W-KLT®2.0 (4315, 4115), the small-sized bins can be implemented into an existing Kanban system easily and seamlessly using a modular concept. A system administrator of Würth Industrie Service fills the bins in the racks directly at the customer’s location. Reordering is done automatically via RFID-based Kanban processing by placing the RFID-enabled mother bin at the top level of the Kanban rack. In the case of LMC, the intelligent shelves iSHELF® are used here. If a bin is empty, then the integrated shelves directly detect it via an integrated sender-receiver-unit in the shelf. The shelf reads the RFID chip and transfers the information about the empty bin directly to the Kanban-Management-System (KMS) of Würth Industrie Service developed in-house. The supply takes place centrally from the European logistics centre in Bad Mergentheim to LMC.

The result: Maximum optimisation of existing workflows in production while ensuring process and supply security at the same time
 

“Through small-sized bin handling, we benefit from a maximum increase in productivity. Thanks to RFID technology, our workplace needs are managed in a streamlined manner and the requirements are reordered fully automatically, thus saving maximum time and costs.” Timo Tesch, Head of SCM & Order Centre at LMC Caravan GmbH & Co. KG.

 

Further success stories of our supply systems

 

Nowadays, electronic system solutions are the be-all and end-all of an efficient sourcing of C parts.

For instance, for Gerhardi, a driver of innovation, a scanner-based sourcing system with connection to an online shop is an indispensable precondition for a smoothly running just-in-time production. This is why they looked for an automated process that was standardized but still allowed for flexible orders as well.

GERHARDI nutzt elekronische Lösungen der Würth Industrie Service