Managing the flow of goods

Mimot Smart Storage boosts value creation in electronics production

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The Smart Storage system is capable of managing 30,000 or more components and features continuous inventory taking, MSD handling and AGV connectivity. Source: Mimot GmbH

Mimot GmbH, a manufacturer of Smart Storage systems for electronics production, has exhibited a holistic, completely modular, fully automatic logistics solution at productronica 2019. The Smart Storage system is capable of managing the flow of goods for 30,000 or more components featuring continuous inventory taking, MSD handling and AGV connectivity.

The storage solution is a fully automated system for managing the flow of goods and is the heart of an optimized warehouse logistics solution. The result is cost reduction through optimized logistics, efficiency increase by means of improved throughput and quality owed to the fully automated process. The completely modular design enables customers to gradually adjust the storage capacity to their business demands or to integrate additional features and modules such as fully automated components counting via X-ray.

“Boosting profits is not only about pure throughput of lines or the investment in more lines. Experience has shown the biggest value creation is achieved by optimizing the logistics processes which significantly improve one’s own competitive situation. The logistics processes are most successfully optimized by taking into consideration the principles of value stream mapping and conducting an analysis of internal material flow. The paramount goal is to maximize value creation for customers, hence to maximize the benefit i.e. profit“, said Jürgen Philipp, Managing Director.

At productronica, Mimot demonstrated the complete internal logistics cycle from goods receiving scanner with 100 % traceability to automated storage of components via patented reel trolley to fully automated transport of reels to the line via AGV without the need of operator intervention.

The goods receiving scanner, a relabeling station with automatic label recognition using a specialized vision system, has an integrated database of preprogrammed component manufacturers for verification of manufacturer data and assigns a unique ID for 100 % traceability.

Depending on the level of automation, reel storage can be done either via robot directly at the relabeling station or via reel trolley. An X-ray component counter can be integrated which allows continuous inventory taking and accurately captures the quantities at all times. Thanks to real-time inventory data this optimized supply chain management allows minimal capital tie-up due to low inventory levels and avoids downtime of the lines because of out of stock components.

Removal of reels from storage is accomplished by means of a reel trolley or a carousel for automated delivery to the line via AGV without the need of staff intervention. This allows the operator to be at the line, ensures automatic and timely material delivery through real-time machine triggered demand and limits work in process to the current production run.

www.mimot.com

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