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SKF Italia: Implementing a new automated warehouse without losing a single day of production

SKF is a leading global company specializing in the production and sale of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems and services. The head office in Italy is in Airasca (Turin), where the factory manufacturing products for the automotive industry operates and the warehouse gathering all Italian production for global distribution is located. 

Improved storage capacity and process efficiency 

To improve storage capacity and process efficiency, SKF is undertook a major modernization and retrofit of the automated warehouse and implemented a “goods to person” concept in the material picking process.

Thanks to new Vectura pallet stacker cranes, plant downtime is a thing of the past. The new warehouse benefits from higher performance, better ergonomics, greater flexibility and consumption savings, as well as improved operational safety. Today, SKF can manage new types of packaging thanks to the new picking area which has sped up the shipment preparation process.

The most effective logistics solution

One project, many benefits:

  • Replacement of the old stacker cranes with new Vectura cranes in only 12 months, a new record!
  • The phased replacement of the stacker cranes did not affect the continuity of warehouse activities
  • Better performance, ergonomics and safety, greater flexibility, reduced energy consumption and the ability to manage new types of packaging
The Vectura stacker crane being installed in the warehouse

From the early stages of the project, the collaboration with Swisslog steadily increased. We created a great team that has been by our side from design to implementation, helping us to evaluate the best investments to modernize our system and make it even more profitable.

Silvio Gallione - SKF Logistic & Demand Chain Italy General Manager

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