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Egemin automates for Yamazaki Mazak Handling Automation
Egemin Automation has signed a new warehouse automation contract with an existing client, Yamazaki Mazak Europe. Egemin will take care of the logistic automation of the new distribution centre that Yamazaki is building next to its existing warehouses. The Japanese company Takenaka is building the new distribution centre.

Yamazaki Mazak supplies its clients with the necessary spare parts to keep their machine parks operational from its central European Spare Parts Centre in Leuven. Sales and the necessary storage capacity are growing year on year. Mazak expects both to double over the next 15 years.

At the moment, large and heavy components – known as ‘uglies’ in logistics speak – are stored elsewhere, which incurs considerable annual costs. As a result, Mazak decided to store and manage these components itself and to build a new distribution centre. Mazak also decided to automate the logistics at the new DC in order to provide more storage capacity in future, optimise the work flow and cut costs.

Egemin supplies two automated warehouse systems: one for the uglies, where an automatic pallet warehouse with two aisle-switching cranes will serve 3,000 pallet locations in three different aisles. There is also a miniload warehouse with two miniload cranes for storing and picking smaller components in 8,000 boxes, providing storage for 70,000 different articles. Egemin’s scope of supply also includes all conveyor systems and work stations for order picking. The complete warehouse installation is controlled by Egemin’s E’wms warehouse management software.

Both warehouses are due to go into operation at the end of next year. In 2005, Egemin modernised Mazak’s existing miniload warehouse, built by a third-party supplier in 1991. Since then, Egemin has been responsible for the maintenance of this warehouse on the basis of a service level agreement.

About Yamazaki Mazak

Yamazaki Mazak is the world’s largest supplier of lathes, milling machines and production systems. Mazak, which has its headquarters in Nagoya, Japan, is an international company that makes advanced products in Japan, America, Europe, Singapore and China. Mazak was the first Japanese engineering company to set up a production facility in Europe to cover all of the manufacturing processes from raw to finished product.

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