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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.
By having a mezzanine divide a building into two levels, the vertical storage lift can utilize two service openings. Effectivity increases since two operators can work simultaneously from the separate openings. The two levels are easily connected by a stair case. Both emezzanine and stair cases are available product offerings from Weland Solutions' parent company Weland AB.
Svenstigs Bil in Värnamo is one of many companies that have chosen fully customized solutions from Weland Solutions. Since Svenstigs Bil is represented at two sales locations and three service locations, they have a lot of spare parts to keep track of. A majority of the smaller spare parts are stored in a Compact vertical storage lift.
The new vertical storage lift has among other things helped Svenstigs Bil to better utilize available space. Vertical storage lifts can save up to 90% of the floor area compared to regular storage racks. The vertical storage lift has given Svenstigs Bil a correct stock balance and offered better ergonomics for employees.
Weland Solutions have more than 17 years of experience with automated storage. The products are made in Sweden and of high quality. The company works continuously to create new customised solutions to optimize warehouse management and goods handling.
Weland has, together with BIMobject AB, created an interactive VR-model of Weland's booth at Elmia Subcontractor. Clicking the link enables you to walk around our booth and experience the wide range of products and services offered by the Weland Group.
The best experience will of course be to come by stand D01:62 in Jönköping in person. We have created a wonderful environment with a good vibe that shows what we are all about.
Meet some of our representatives, compete against Börje Salming in a speed challenge, grab a cup of coffee or why not enjoy one of our sought-after mocktails.
Here we also offer an AR experience, an augmented reality where a constructed model integrated with an iPad will show you how products from the Weland Group are used in the world around you.
Alexander Ljungberg, with a solid background in export, technology and marketing, has been appointed sales representative at Weland Solutions where he will focus on export markets.
Alexander Ljungberg, formerly self-employed for a number of years, has previously worked with export of electronics with focus on Benelux and Germany.
We welcome Alexander to Weland Solutions!Here you can find contact information for Alexander Ljungberg.
Weland Lagersystem, with their space saving warehouse- and effective logistics solutions, is expanding and now sell more on the export market than in Sweden. – Today we are a global company with an international target. We are now strengthening our organisation and expanding our offer in order to grow along with our customers. At the same time we are changing our name to Weland Solutions AB, says Björn Karlsson, CEO.
From Småland out into the world
The company was started in Smålandsstenar in 1999 and has grown steadily ever since. Today the company's products and solutions can be found in installations in 28 countries. – Our largest single market is still Sweden, but export sales are since long larger and continue to grow. We are now adjusting our sales organisation to keep growing, but we are also strengthening our service and support division. To us it's a big difference between simply selling and being able to fully work together with our customers.
Expanded export offerings
The business concept has been the same since the beginning. The company develops and manufactures vertical storage lifts and storage equipment to achieve the best possible storage capacity for the available footprint. – To us, flexibility and quality will always come before standard. Customers get complete, customised warehouse management systems that optimize logistics in an optimal way. That is one of the reasons we gained the trust to follow our customers throughout the world. Small and medium sized companies, but also large global brands like Procter & Gamble, Jaguar and Landrover, Scania and Volkswagen. Nevertheless, all our development, construction and manufacturing still take place in Gislaved.
Kickoff at Elmia Subcontractor
For a closer look at Weland Solutions and a chance to talk more about customised vertical storage lifts, innovative warehouse management systems and cost-effective logistics, we'll be exhibiting at Elmia Subcontractor on November 13-16. – We look forward to the trade fair. It's always good to meet customers and colleagues in the business. For us, the trade fair will also be a clear start to our global venture, with a sharpened organization and a new name, says Björn Karlsson, CEO of Weland Solutions AB.
Rimaster is a leading company in the development and manufacture of cable harnesses, electrical cabinets, electronics, cabs and mechanical systems for special vehicles and industrial systems. Rimaster never compromises on the quality of its products and, when it decided to invest in a more efficient storage system, it got in touch with another supplier that puts quality first: Weland Solutions.
Weland Solutions calculated how much space, time and labour Rimaster would save by choosing the right products. The figures spoke for themselves. Rimaster ordered an end-to-end system comprising three Compact Twin 3660 vertical storage lifts, extra load trays, the WMS system Compact Store including Compact Talk, Picking Display and LED Strip. Weland Solutions recommended combining this with a Put to Light system, which has become an increasingly popular solution for further improving picking operations and storage management.
Rimaster had its new storage system installed in September 2017. It is too early yet to talk about results, but there is a huge difference. Rimaster is more than satisfied with its new automated storage management system.
Compact vertical storage lifts mean faster and easier handling on a significantly smaller storage area. Now, the efficiency has been upgraded again. – The news is that you can now control Compact vertical storage lifts via mobile devices instead of via a computer, which means you save time on every order. A small investment that gives large gains, especially for pick intensive businesses in e-commerce and the retail trade.
The person at the warehouse starts the order directly from his or her mobile phone or tablet computer and only sees his/her order on the screen. This saves a great deal of time and walking along aisles, while the risk for making picking mistakes is reduced. This new and modern way of working improves the work situation and the efficiency of the storage management for each employee.
Compact vertical storage lifts are controlled by our own WMS system, Compact Store, which has been delivered to more than 200 companies. Including Rolls Royce, TetraPak and Ur&Penn. The system includes support for all of the work steps that are included in normal storage management. All of this is now available on a mobile phone or tablet computer via good WiFi.
Volkswagen Parts Logistics in Nykvarn supplies authorised workshops with spare parts for the Volkswagen Group's makes of cars in the Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish markets. Compact vertical storage lifts have increased the picking rate. – Every day, more than 14,500 rows a day are picked for 240 dealers. The spare parts warehouse has 54 vertical storage lifts, which probably makes it the largest vertical storage lift system in Scandinavia, says Peter Johansson at Weland Solutions.
The partnership with Volkswagen began back in 2004. – The spare parts warehouse was located in Södertälje in those days. However, the expansion of the business drove the need to increase storage capacity and a brand new spare parts facility was built in Nykvarn. This would serve as a hub for the whole of Scandinavia. Weland was entrusted with supplying space-efficient vertical storage lifts with a high picking speed because the client wanted the maximum storage capacity possible in the least possible amount of space.
Ten years on, Volkswagen Parts Logistics is now one of Scandinavia's largest vertical storage lift facilities. – This massive facility houses 54 Compact Twin automated pickers and three Compact Lifts, which are high-grade, customised, fully-automated buffer systems that are designed for unmanned operation. The buffer systems make it possible to keep an order open all day and fill it as needed, and still have it delivered the next day.
Weland Solutions streamline even further and take your warehouse management to the next level with our first fully automated solution. With the brand new Compact Dynamic and our innovation in warehouse management and automation we are enabling you to meet the future needs of e-commerce.
Rollco specialize in components for linear movements and automated solutions for industry. To attain a more efficient and structured way of working with their warehouse management they contacted Weland Solutions. The foundation in the new system are three vertical storage lifts of the type Compact Twin Heavy 2440 which are supplemented with additional load trays, different picking aids, and the WMS system Compact Store (Warehouse Management System).
With the Compact Twin Rollco could save floor space, increase the picking rate and ensure that the storage space was utilised in the best manner. Compact Twin is a unique vertical storage lift and the only one on the market that can handle two load trays simultaneously.
To further streamline the picking process Rollco chose to supplement the vertical storage lift with four different picking aids: LED strip, Put to Light, Picking display, and Foot pedal. The LED strip helps the operator by indicating where on the load tray an item should be picked. Put to Light, which allows Rollco to pick up to 20 orders simultaneously, then indicates the customer order in which the goods should be placed. The picking display shows an overview of the load tray and using the foot pedal the operator can acknowledge the picking hands-free.
In the middle of their store, Göhlins has placed a Compact Double. The vertical storage lift can store up to 100 tonnes, which is a lot for a store, and perfect for an actor like Göhlins who deliver heavier products. The machine is also directly connected to the business system which means that as soon as a customer has placed an order, it's ready for pickup or delivery.
Compact Double is a solid machine and the only vertical storage lift with this much storage space on such a small area. The principle is based on Weland Solutions' somewhat more common vertical storage lift Compact Twin, where the machine can fetch two trays at the same time. This means that one tray can move out ordered products while the other is working inside the machine.
- When you place an order the vertical storage lift moves up to fetch the product, regardless of if it's placed online or in-store. The vertical storage lift will then serve the product on a tray for pickup. Customers can as such feel confident that no-one else can pickup their order, says Björn Karlsson, CEO at Weland Solutions.
The vertical storage lift resembles a tall tower in which Göhlins stock their products. This safe system means security even for Göhlins as nobody can steal anything from the store, plus it saves a lot of time for personnel with automatic picking.
To connect vertical storage lifts to business systems is becoming more and more common, Björn explains, but for custmers to get their orders directly in the store is something unique. With this investment Göhlins show that they are in the forefront of inventory management. Björn develops further:
- Imagine if we down the road could place vertical storage lifts at delivery points. Then you need to stand in line to pickup a package and stores don't need to have personnel available. The end customer would just need to enter an order number to pickup his goods himself.
Get in touch with us if you have any doubt or are uncertain about our support, service or spare parts. We will gladly lend you a hand. If you, on the other hand, have localised the fault in the vertical storage lift and know what you need, you can quickly and simply order spare parts by email.
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The staff at the warehouse of Ur&Penn used to handle their goods manually with trolleys. By switching to storage lifts and a new pick-up solution they went from picking 250 orders to 1500 orders an hour.
From their main warehouse in Stockholm, Ur&Penn distributes products all over Sweden and Finland. With a daily delivery to 100 stores, they had to increase their capacity and needed assistance from Weland Solutions.
Today, Ur&Penn has achieved a unique pick-up rate. According to Björn Karlsson, CEO at Weland Solutions, this is due to the smart combination of the storage lift Compact Twin, the WMS-system Compact Store and the pick-up tool Put to Light.
Ur&Penn chose to invest in the storage Compact Twin, as they could save up to 70 percent more floor space compared to traditional shelving systems. The Compact Twin also has a load capacity of 50 tons and horizontal photocells that controls the height of the goods. By handling two load trays in the same sequence, with one tray in standby and one in position, the picking speed can be more than doubled.
- We are developing Compact Twin all the time and have developed several new machines that can handle longer goods and heavier weight per load tray. We also work with automation were we connect the machines with a robot, CNC machine or a process line, says Björn.
To control the storage lifts Ur&Penn installed the WMS-system Compact Store from Weland Solutions. The Compact Store allows the user to easily connect new features as they are needed. Which means it can cover the customer’s future needs if the size or the complexity of the warehouse is changing. The system supports normal operations such as deliveries, compilations, prioritizations, starting of new orders, filling articles and inventory.
On Weland Solutions' recommendation, Ur&Penn chose to complete the storage system with the pick-up tool Put to Light and a barcode reader to ensure that the correct item is picked. It helps the operator to handle batch picking/parallel picking and indicates which order an item should be placed with after it has been picked from the storage lift.
- Ur&Penn has used all the tools we recommended for picking and that is why they have achieved such high efficiency, concludes Björn.
The course can be arranged at your company or at Weland Solutions AB in Gislaved. Choose whatever best suits you.
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We have reinforced our maintenance and support department in order to give an additional boost to safety for you as a customer.
Jan Thuresson has been appointed maintenance engineer and training manager. Jan has a solid experience in similar work tasks in different industries.
Hampus Delbert is also a maintenance engineer with great knowledge and experience.
Both Jan and Hampus have started work in their respective positions and are in full swing maintaining vertical storage lifts and providing support to our customers.Do you need maintenance or support? Contact us!
In some operations, there is a wish for the option to take a complete tray out and ”borrow” it from the vertical storage lift. For this reason, we have developed a customized Trolley.
Trolley can make the operator's job easier, when it is possible to borrow complete trays from the vertical storage lift.
In the following cases, Trolley can facilitate and rationalise the activities: