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Hoisting of stacker cranes completed at Samsonite Handling Automation
The construction works of the new warehouse of Samsonite, the world-leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of suitcases and bags, are making good progress. The warehouse racks of Egemin's partner Stow have been placed in the meantime. Early December Egemin completed the hoisting of three 20 meter high automatic pallet stacker cranes and installed these in their according position in between the warehouse aisles. The new automated warehouse is scheduled to be fully operational by early springtime.

The new warehouse is located in the industry park 'De Bruwaan' in Oudenaarde. It will serve as a buffer warehouse for Samsonite's four existing warehouses also located in Oudenaarde at the other side of the ringway. Samsonite invested in a fifth warehouse because its product range is continuously growing. In order to be able to serve its customers and shops efficiently, Samsonite needed extra storage space. Previously, a large part of the stocks needed to be stored externally but this will no longer be the case in the future. In total the warehouse consists of 20,000 pallet locations and six warehouse aisles

Samsonite needs a lot of storage space but the rotation speed of goods is relatively low. In order to meet these requirements, Egemin has equipped the warehouse with three aisle-switching stacker cranes. The cranes can access all of the aisles via an exchange system at the front of the warehouse. The cranes are also equipped with a shuttle for multi-deep storage. The shuttle can drive in the racking, so more pallets can be stored and retrieved. The stacker cranes are controlled with their own E’car® control. The whole warehouse is controlled by E’wms®, Egemin’s warehouse management system.

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