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Alphons van Erven, Senior Vice President of Rhenus and Hans van Driel, Project Manager of Swisslog officially opened the new solution.

Rhenus Contract Logistics introduces AutoStore system powered by Swisslog

Rhenus Contract Logistics has started using its AutoStore system provided by Swisslog. The automated storage and order picking system is installed in a brand new distribution center in Tilburg, Netherlands. This sustainable warehouse measures over 60,000 m2, and Rhenus uses it to serve customers that provide high-quality products to various industries.

April 3, 2019

The construction of the sustainable logistics center and the introduction of the AutoStore system are part of Rhenus Contract Logistics’ growth strategy. The logistics service provider chose this method of order storage and picking based in part on the type of customers it serves. The AutoStore system assists in further improving the accuracy of its ordering picking and in fulfilling the customers' growth needs through optimization of continuity and quality. 

21,000 bins - 19 robots
The AutoStore system has a surface area of 1,000 m2 and is equipped with 21,000 containers, 19 robots, 2 infeed and 3 order picking ports.  Rhenus Contract Logistics can serve more customers thanks to the AutoStore system. 
The automated order picking and storage installation is integrated with both the WMS and TMS package of the service provider with weighing and measuring scanners also integrated.  

Compact storage and order picking system
The selection of AutoStore was based primarily on efficiency. AutoStore uses robots that run on an aluminum grid. The robots stack bins in the storage system grid, and then transport items for delivery to the order picking stations. Aisles are superfluous, making for an unusually compact automated storage and picking system. 

Future expansion of AutoStore
Rhenus Contract Logistics management has already taken future expansion of the AutoStore system into consideration at the brand new Tilburg distribution center. Alphons van Erven, Senior Vice President of the logistics service provider said: "We are very pleased with our collaboration with Swisslog. The introduction of the AutoStore system enables us to work even more efficiently, and this choice is also good for both our growth strategy and that of our customers."

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