Customer reference: STILL GmbH – Increase productivity in intralogistics

STILL GmbH is a part of the global KION GROUP. Employing more than 35000 employees, it is the largest manufacturer of industrial trucks in Europe. Apart from STILL, Dematic and Linde Material Handling are among the major brands of this global group of companies. STILL provides the right vehicle for every demand and every requirement. Be it counterbalanced trucks, warehousing equipment or cars and tractors, be it electric, combustion-engined or hybrid, be it manually controlled, automated or autonomous – all the vehicles of STILL have one thing in common: the combination of power, precision, ergonomics, compactness, safety and environmental responsibility to make it “simply efficient”.



Factories are constantly in a state of flux, digitalisation is gaining ground, efficient and autonomous processes are becoming more important: the motto is to always be one step ahead – this applies to the intralogistics solutions of STILL and also to the procurement systems for production and operating materials of Würth Industrie Service.


Objective of the new production supply

  • Increase in productivity in intralogistics
  • Innovative technologies
  • Maximum transparency
  • Reduction of time-consuming, manual activities

The solution: iPLACER®

The partners STILL GmbH and Würth Industrie Service GmbH & Co. KG have shown that Industry 4.0 can function smoothly at the forklifts and industrial trucks specialist’s plant in Hamburg. There, iPLACER®, a self-sufficient RFID module, is being used for a seamless supply of production materials. iPLACER® is a handy, battery-operated module with integrated reader and transmitter unit that can be mounted easily due to its compact design. It provides an automated reordering of C-Parts using RFID technology in production from virtually anywhere and as self-sufficiently as possible, thus saving unnecessary means and time. The new RFID system aims for maximum transparency and a complete digital replenishment in the material flow. iPLACER® is installed directly at the storage location on the top-most compartment of the Kanban shelf. The empty bins are placed on a rail dedicated for them. These bins have an RFID tag by default and are moved past the iPLACER® to be recorded. The data isthen transferred automatically to the ERP system of Würth Industrie Service and the products are digitally reordered immediately. In addition to its intended purpose, the usage directly at the Kanban storage location, thanks to its compact design, iPLACER® offers almost limitless application scenarios for the manufacturing enterprises: as an ordering system at the workplace, on a flow rack for inventory management and replenishment or as a self-sufficient and independent ordering system anywhere in production, assembly, logistics and intralogistics. In all these scenarios, the focus is on maximum security of supply.

“The efficiency factor is extremely important for us in all the areas, especially in procurement and handling of direct materials. The new iPLACER® provides substantial benefits in the storage location within the logistics terminal. We save significant time with iPLACER®. The efforts involved in coordination and ordering are practically omitted, which is an absolute achievement in productivity. Complete automation also makes it possible to respond many times more quickly to fluctuating demands.” Michael Grosser, responsible for C-Parts management at STILL


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


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