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Modern Elteknik in Gothenburg is one of Sweden's leading electricity wholesalers that offers components in electronics and automation. The family-owned company, which was started in 1969 and has sales both in Sweden and abroad, is in an exciting and expansive phase. When Modern Elteknik had problems integrating their Vimsa ERP system into their computers, they started looking for other storage solutions and decided early on to invest in vertical storage lifts. The choice of supplier fell on the warehousing and logistics specialist Weland Solutions and their innovative elevator machine Compact Twin.
“We were looking for a Swedish-made solution and wanted a lot of space for the money because we do not have that much floor space to work with. Since Compact Twin can run two trays at the same time and the dimensions suited our current premises, we thought that Compact Twin from Weland Solutions seemed to be an efficient and time-saving product that suited our needs,” explains Jan Johannesson, CEO of Modern Elteknik.
Weland Solutions installed two Compact Twin 3600 lift machines with accessories that increase warehouse productivity. Each machine handles 57 load trays. The elevators are ESD-adapted and equipped with light pointers, shutters that protect against sound and dust, and the software Put to Screen from Weland Solutions. In addition to the lifts, Weland Solutions has also delivered plastic boxes and tables on wheels that are used for sorting goods.
“The lift machines from Weland Solutions have completely changed the way we work at Modern Elteknik. We have a simplified picking flow, a more ergonomic working method, lower noise level, fewer incorrect picking and faster deliveries to the lift. It has really become a better workday for all of us who work here,” says Jan Johannesson.
Because Compact Twin handles two load trays in the same sequence with one tray in standby mode and one in picking position, the picking speed can increase by 50 - 75%. While picking from the first tray is in progress, Compact Twin picks up the next tray in the pick list and places this tray in the waiting position in the free space on the lift. When the acknowledgement of the first pick on the pick list has been made, the tray is moved back and the next tray is moved directly from the waiting position and the next pick is started.
“Thanks to our lift machines, we have increased the picking speed by as much as 380%. What we did in 8 hours before, we can do today in about 2. The elevators from Weland Solutions have not only expanded our warehouse space and secured the lack of space for future investments, but also ensure that we can offer fast deliveries to our customers,” says Jan Johannesson.
Going forward, Modern Elteknik wants to further optimize its warehouse by installing a third lift machine from Weland Solutions and reviewing the workflow in general to improve the entire chain. Weland Solutions' knowledgeable sales team helps them.
“I would highly recommend Weland Solutions for their personal service, from first contact to completed project. We are already in discussion with the sales people about the next step for us and how we can continue to optimize and streamline the flow at Modern Elteknik,” concludes Jan Johannesson.
Bendt Bil in Halmstad is a full-service facility and car dealership for BMW, MINI, Hyundai, Opel and Koenigsegg, among others.
The company had problems with lack of space and lack of control over its warehouse system. In connection with renovation and rebuilding, they chose to modernize the warehouse by investing in a Compact Twin 3660 vertical storage lift from Weland Solutions that can handle two load trays at the same time, which means that the picking speed has more than doubled.
The advantage of the solution is that Bendt Bil now saves space, floor surface and time. The vertical storage lift from Weland Solutions has streamlined and optimized every workday and in addition, the articles have been put in better order.
- When it comes to accessories, there is a lot to choose from, which means that we have received a solution that is customized based on Bendt Bil's unique needs. We have a close dialogue with Weland Solutions and this is something we place great value on, says Marcus Pålsson, Service Marketing Manager.
Weland Solutions offers a wide range of accessories and furnishings for our elevator lifts. These products are designed to make inventory management as smooth and efficient as possible. We now offer corrugated cardboard boxes, all of which can be divided into one, two, three or four compartments. They are delivered as a flat pack and are a flexible solution since they can be adjusted to several sizes.
You can easily remove the dividers to adjust the sizes of the compartments and adapt them to the size of the goods. The boxes are available with heights from 50 mm and up to 200 mm and are perfect for small and medium-sized goods. All boxes are in stock.
Do you want to save time, money and extra work by seamlessly integrating your Weland Solutions vertical storage lift with your business system? Connect Visma Business or Visma Administration with Weland Solutions’ vertical storage lifts and simplify your warehouse management. The business system handles order handling just as usual, while the lifts streamlines picking.
Visma Business is specially developed for companies with high demands on warehouse and logistics management. The system offers a broad and advanced functionality to facilitate your work with optimizing logistics flows.
By connecting your Visma system with the Compact Store system from Weland Solutions, you can control the vertical storage lift and create a much more efficient warehouse flow and automate/ integrate critical flows in your warehouse management process such as delivery, compilation, prioritization and start of picking orders, relocation, refilling of products and inventory. This saves you time, money and extra work, while reducing the risk of incorrect registrations and minimizing manual handling.
Compact Store from Weland Solutions is a WMS system (Warehouse Management System) that controls the vertical storage lift in a smart and simple way, simplifies the flow in the warehouse and maximizes your productivity. By integrating the system with a business system, you will have an automated flow of picking orders, deliveries and inventory. The system is modular, which means that with simple means you can also connect new functionality as needs change and arise. This makes the Compact Store an optimal warehouse for all customers, regardless of the warehouse's size or complexity.
The Compact Store system can also be used independently but is usually linked to an ERP-Enterprise Resource Planning system. Compact Store is compatible with most systems on the market and has been delivered to over 300 companies worldwide.
Do you need help connecting your vertical storage lift with Visma Business, Visma Administration or another compatible business system?
To help clients optimize their storage space, Weland Solutions is always open to adapt vertical storage lifts after specific needs. The world renowned car manufacturer, Koenigsegg, is one of many that’s excelled in their production with a customized storage solution.
The automaker Koenigsegg is know all over the world for their iconic and exclusive cars. The company continues to grow and with that a need for extra storage space. They decided to start a collaboration with Weland Solutions, and as a result, two custom-made vertical storage lifts of the model Compact Twin 2440 were installed.
When Koenigsegg decided to work with Weland Solutions, it was mainly because they knew the company’s ability to customize machines after specific needs. A solution was created were two vertical storage lifts were connected to work together. Also, interior and software were adapted and connected.
”The world’s fastest car is designed and manufactured in Sweden, and so is the world’s fastest vertical storage lift. Our goal is to keep growing with Koenigsegg and with that, continue to adapt our machines after their specific needs”, explains Björn Karlsson, CEO at Weland Solutions.
Weland Solutions always offers products with long sustainability. They also take complete responsibility for their machines, new as well as restored. That includes relocation, installation, start-up and education for involved employees. From a customer’s perspective, restored products are also a cost-efficient choice.
These reasons made it simple for Koenigsegg to hire the company. They invested in two restored Compact Twin 2440 and with the custom-made adjustments, their efficiency has excelled.
We are seeing a significant increase in demand for BIM, Building Information Modelling, here at Weland Solutions, where digitization of the construction industry is facilitating greater streamlining and a sustainable construction process from the ground up. Parts of our range are now available at the BIMobject portal. We are constantly driving development forward thanks to our ongoing efforts to manage and enhance information sharing.
Weland Solutions is working tirelessly to meet the market’s needs. As a supplier, we feel it is important to be able to provide our designers and architects with simple, modern tools to ensure a streamlined, sustainable construction process. BIM simplifies and coordinates the construction process in a manner that was impossible previously. We use BIM objects to offer the construction industry an efficient solution that facilitates a fully digitized information channel.
BIM is a digitized turnkey solution designed for the construction industry in which objects are downloaded and used by architects, engineers and designers. The BIM model is made up of a number of different components known as BIM objects, facilitating planning all the way from concept to finished product. We gather all documentation on our product, such as height, width, depth, assembly instructions and links, in a BIM object. The designer can then incorporate our products in their drawing right from the concept stage, which permits visual inspection to be carried out prior to planning. All documentation on Weland Solutions objects is then available throughout the entire construction process until well after the project is completed.
For more information about our BIM objects, contact us.
Bunzl Retail Supplies is the UK's leading supplier of goods not for resale, and their supply chain solutions has an extensive network of global suppliers across a broad and eclectic range of product categories to deliver a holistic solution for their customers.
Bunzl Retail Supplies set out with the expectations that they needed a solution, that could pick a high volume of small skews, and they had to do it in large batches for batch efficiency. At the same time, they needed to be able to replenish the machine as efficiently as they could pick from it. Weland Solutions took all their requirements on board and delivered a solution of 4 compact twin vertical lifts with 96-put-to-light stations.
That allowed them to do picking to light, as well as replen-from-light. The replen-from-light is a game changer for Bunzl Retail Supplies. When you look at traditional vertical lifts, you must do some form of pre-sorting of the stock and it's a very manual process to put that inventory inside the machine. Because they are using the put-to-light stations to do the replenishments as well, they get the same levels of efficiency for the replenishment as they are for the picking.
The Compact Twin is the only vertical lift on the market that has a twin extractor, that means it can carry two trays at once. Due to that it means it can deliver he trays to the access opening consistently faster, which reduces the time an operative stands waiting for the trays, which essentially would be wasted otherwise. " The results so far, are really exciting and it is great news to deliver back to the business. We are still only in our early stages of implementation, but we have already seen a performance increase", Gareth Banks, Head of Operations at Bunzl Retail Supplies, explains.
Following the acquisition of Kodverkstan earlier this year, Weland Solutions now fully owns the WMS system Compact Store. In conjunction with the acquisition, Weland Solutions’ IT Department was expanded to give it the capacity to take the system to the next level. A series of planned improvements and brand new features are now being rolled out in parallel with Weland Solutions’ launch of Compact Store 8.0.
The new version has a more contemporary interface and is even more future-proof. The WMS system provides support for all operations included in normal inventory management, such as incoming deliveries, combination, prioritising and starting of picking orders, transfer and refilling of items and inventory.
One of Compact Store 8.0’s new features is putaway and storage of incoming goods via Put-To-Light (PTL). This means the customer can use PTL to manage storage - a tool that makes replenishment picking in vertical storage lifts more efficient. This already exists for order picking, but is now also available for putaway.
Several aspects of the feature for starting an order have been improved. The option to link operators to lifts, faster import of orders and enhanced support for tablets and mobile devices are other new features that users can look forward to after an upgrade.
Compact Store can be used as a completely independent system, but is usually connected to an ERP system (Enterprise Resource Planning). The ERP system manages finances and Compact Store can be seen as the storage module. About 400 have been installed at customer premises and Compact Store has been delivered with most commercially available ERP systems.
When Prototal bought toolmaker Premould in the spring of 2018, they needed to move the acquired company's workshop and storage lift to Jönköping. This turned out to have some unexpectedly positive side effects and one lift swiftly became several.
Prototal is the Nordic market leader in tooling with injection molding. The large tools and molds used for manufacturing can, however, be quite difficult to store, and to move to and from the workshop. Weland Solutions turned out to be just the solution they needed.
– With our machines, Prototal no longer need to use a truck every time they want to change a certain tool, instead all they need is a crane and a cart, Daniel Cantoni, Key Account Manager at Weland Solutions explains.
It all started when Premould's old storage lift, a Compact Lift 2440, needed to be moved to the workshop in Jönköping. The project team quickly saw that the lift would be too tall for the new hall, so Weland offered to repurchase it and build a new lift on-site.
– Prototal already had housing issues though and during our discussions they realized that they could store a lot of their equipment in our types of storage lifts. We investigated it together and they ended up buying six machines last fall. Around Christmas they called us again and wanted an additional four lifts, Daniel relates.
The first three storage lifts were about six meters tall in order to fit under the new ceiling. An additional overview, however, revealed that there were spaces in the hall with higher ceilings, so the next three lifts were ordered eight meters tall instead. The work was done stagewise with two storage lifts built and filled at a time.
– The whole job took about a month. We also did a reshuffle and changed around the locations of a shorter and a taller lift. It's important to be flexible and to solve problems as the client requires. We always try to accommodate their wishes, Daniel says.
The custom-made Compact Lift storage lifts store a total of 12.5 tons of material, distributed over about 25 trays. The trays measure 2440x820 millimeter, with a store height of up to 500 millimeters and a max load of 500 kilos. The solution saved Prototal about 300 square meters of floorspace.
Each tray ejects all the way out which makes it possible for an overhead crane to pick the stored material directly. The pick work had thus become both simpler and more efficient.
When fast-growing e-commerce retailer Boozt needed to streamline their warehouse management in 2019, the choice fell on warehouse and logistics specialist Weland Solutions. Together, they created a solution that saves time and floorspace.
Fashion retailer Boozt has grown tremendously in the past few years. After only two years in their large warehouse building, they needed to optimize their storage solution in order to fit in new products and quickly distribute them to customers. Weland Solutions was the answer.
– We needed a flexible solution for our flammable cosmetics. They required both space efficient storage and a quick picking speed. Weland had the best total offer that combined quality and speed, which was very important to us, says Jimmy Duholm, Warehouse Director at Boozt.
The installation was made at the main warehouse in Ängelholm, which is about 42 000 square meters in size. To free up floorspace, the companies decided to build vertically. Two vertical storage lifts in the model Compact Twin were installed, each with 58 load trays, that created 348 square meters of storage space on 24 square meters of floor.
– We also installed a picking screen that helps the operator find the product with the help of for example an image, and a led list that identifies it on the tray. Beyond that, we installed shutters to protect against dust and other things, Mikael Svensson, Key Acount Manager at Weland Solutions explains.
Weland's warehouse management system was integrated with Boozt's current WMS. The construction took about a week and the machines were taken into use during spring. Boozt had not used vertical storage lifts before, so expectations were high, and they were fulfilled.
– We gained better control; vertical storage lifts provide more order than shelves do. We notice that we have better control of the pick runs and feel that we can pick quicker and more efficiently with this new automatic solution, Jimmy comments.
Except for secure and efficient pick runs and saved floorspace, there was one major benefit to Weland's solution and that was ergonomics:
– We focus a great deal on our people's work environment and have spent a lot of time and resources on building Sweden's greenest warehouse, and to adapt it as far as possible from an ergonomic point of view, Jimmy explains.
The vertical storage lifts give an ergonomic work position where you don't have to bend or stretch to pick something. Instead, the picking tray is at a good height as soon as it comes out, which Jimmy says is much appreciated by the staff.
Weland Solutions and BITO Lagersystem have started to co-operate in Sweden, Finland and Poland.
- We see that our companies work in similar ways and with the same categories of customers, says Björn Karlsson, CEO of Weland Solutions. BITO deals with warehouse layout solutions and we deal with automation in warehouse management. Together, we are a comprehensive supplier of professional warehouse solutions.
An example where the two companies' solutions work well together is BITO Lagersystem's AGV solution (Automated Guided Vehicles) LEO Locative, which means that automated vehicles transport boxes from and to Weland Solutions' various vertical storage lifts.
- It is also worth pointing out that both Weland Solutions and BITO Lagersystem have their own production and are family owned, Björn Karlsson says.
Moreover, he says that the purpose of the co-operation is that both companies will work together in all active markets in the future.
Weland Solutions' light pointer now uses a green laser diode with a larger green-light point compared with the red-light point of the previous laser diode.
The green-light point is 50 millimetres in diameter compared with the previous red one, which was only 20 millimetres.
By using a green laser diode, the light pointer now clearly shows where items to be picked are placed on the load trays. The light pointer is the most efficient picking aid when the load trays have many small compartments.
From now on, there is LED lighting in the service openings of Weland Solutions' vertical storage lifts. The LED lighting replaces the fluorescent lamps with halogen lighting.
The LED lighting provides a much stronger light, while LED also provides an environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient option to the previous variant of fluorescent lighting.
The LED lighting is now available on all deliveries of vertical storage lifts.
The Weland Group has acquired the company Kodverkstan. The acquisition means that Weland Solutions now completely owns the WMS (Warehouse Management System) Compact Store, which was previously developed together with Kodverkstan. It is the new company Weland Software that handles Compact Store.
Since 1999, when the two companies began to cooperate, approximately 400 customer installations of Compact Store have been made.
"The main reason for the acquisition is that we are growing rapidly outside Sweden, so we want to have Compact Store completely in our own ownership. We have also built a new software team," says Björn Karlsson, CEO of Weland Solutions. "We are also pleased with the expertise that will now be available at Weland Solutions' IT department."
Compact Store version 2.0 will be launched later this year. According to Björn Karlsson, the new version will have a more modern interface, while it will be even more future proven.
Compact Store is built to control Weland Solutions vertical storage lifts in an efficient manner. The system is modular, making it easy to connect new functionality as needs arise.
The WMS provides support for all operations included in the normal inventory management, such as incoming deliveries, combining, prioritizing and starting of picking orders, transfer and refilling of items and inventory.
Compact Store can be used as a completely stand-alone system, but it is usually connected to an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system. The ERP manages the economy and Compact Store can be seen as the storage module. Compact Store has been delivered together with most of the ERP systems in the market.
Progressive Business Solutions (PBS) is Weland Solutions new retailer in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The company is based in Vilnius, Lithuania.
"We are looking forward to PBS growing our sales in the Baltics, while helping our customers with service, support and maintenance," says Björn Karlsson, CEO of Weland Solutions.
PBS helps manufacturing companies to set up business processes, implement ERP systems, integrate Industry 4.0 solutions, supply-chain solutions, as well as mergers and acquisitions. The cooperation with Weland Solutions is already underway, and PBS has sold an installation of vertical storage lifts in Latvia.
"PBS is used to working with other Swedish industrial companies. PBS is also a retailer of Bystronic's products in the Baltics. Bystronic is our largest supplier and delivers, for instance, laser equipment to us. It was also through Bystronic that we first got in touch with PBS," Björn Karlsson says.
NordLogSyS is the new retailer in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia for Weland Solutions. The company is headquartered in Warsaw, Poland.
NordLogSyS works with Weland Solutions' installation team worldwide, focusing on Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.
"NordLogSyS has installed machines in about 20 countries," says Björn Karlsson, CEO of Weland Solutions." The company has extensive experience in logistics and project management. They will further grow our sales and service in the Polish, Slovak and Czech markets."
Lars Andreasen is the new Sales Manager at Weland Solutions since 1 of March, 2019. It is a new position and the reason is that the company's sales in recent years have gone up strongly. Sales has increased by 20 percent annually, and the market continues to grow.
"My task is to create a common structure for our sales, so that everyone works the same way and goes in the same direction," Lars Andreasen says. However, I will still have the responsibility for some of my existing customers, while also assisting in larger projects.
Lars Andreasen worked with sales at the then Compact Logistics System between 2001 and 2007. The company was purchased by Weland in 2006 and then became Weland Lagersystem. It then changed its name to Weland Solutions in 2018. After about ten years with other assignments, Lars Andreasen started working with sales at Weland Solutions in 2017.Here you can find contact information for Lars Andreasen.
Weland Solutions is investing in fully automated solutions that speak the same language as robotic systems. Five years ago we were a supplier of standard products. With customized solutions, we have increased by 20 percent per year. What happens now is that those solutions are being standardized.
The result of one year's intensive work at Weland Solutions' development department is here. A brand new fully automatic goods to man solution. The big difference with Compact Dynamic compared to our vertical storage lifts is that it goes from semi-automation to full automation. The goods to man solution means that the product comes to you instead of you going to a storage lift and getting the product. Robotic solutions by far deliver faster and smarter than a human.
The big gain is efficiency, picking speed and space saving. This benefits companies in, for example, e-commerce. The unique advantages are that we can adapt Compact Dynamic both in height, width and depth to best fit the customer's premises. The storage locations are also flexible. We also have very high availability for all storage locations, which is unique for goods to man solutions.
In the summer of 2019, the first delivery of Compact Dynamic will take place at Axelent in Hillerstorp. The company, which has 56 sales offices worldwide, develops, produces, stores and packs safety components for machinery, construction, storage and cable trays. The solution for Axelent has about 30,000 storage locations.
Mats Hilding - CEO, Axelent. Björn Karlsson - CEO, Weland Solutions. Johan Axelsson - Production Manager, Axelent.