New design, redesign, expansion, renovation... wherever things are being built, PCI is there. As a market-leader in construction chemistry, PCI Augsburg GmbH manufactures powder and dispersion products for the tile and building materials markets. Its customers are served in 24 hours time.
Since its establishment in 1950, PCI has developed ground-breaking products and is today a BASF subsidiary for innovation and quality. Several development and testing laboratories as well as certifications in accordance with DIN EN ISO 9001/14001 and OHSAS 18001 ensure the quality of the diverse product range.
Equally important is the distribution performance, because in the construction industry especially, time is money. The company promises its clients that the time between placing an order and receiving the goods will not be more than 24 hours within Germany, Austria, and most of Switzerland. This is a very ambitious task, given the 300 or so products in different container sizes. It demands an optimized logistical process, which the people in Augsburg are continually working to improve.
Flow storage replaces block storage
Two years ago, PCI Augsburg therefore decided to exchange the existing block storage for shipment preparation in favor of a new solution. Separating the preparing of goods from the loading process would, on the one hand, markedly reduce travel time while increasing the safety of the deployment operations on the other.
In close collaboration with the systems integrator LTA Lagertechnik Detlef Albrecht, with whom the company had already been working for several years, a decision was taken in favor of a modern Interroll flow storage.
Eduard Kirschenmann, head of PCI delivery centers, says:
The demands placed on our goods provision operations change continually. The range of products is becoming more diverse. It was important for us to get a new system that allows for faster handling and at the same time a lower space requirement, while also increasing the safety for our employees. And with the Interroll flow storage, this has been a complete success.
And Jürgen Remitschka, head of the Augsburg delivery center, continues:
We now have markedly more space and forklift travel distances have been sharply reduced, now that the routes are significantly shorter.