Mecalux has built the new automated warehouse of Becton Dickinson

01/12/2008

Mecalux, worldwide supplier of global storage solutions, has designed and built the new automated warehouse of Becton Dickinson at its plant in Fraga, Huesca, which is connected to the production process of the plant. The new warehouse of this multinational dedicated to medical technology will allow for improvements of its distribution system and for a cost reduction, and enhances storage space profitability. The total of the initial investment by Mecalux has been 7,1 million euros for a completely automated warehouse. Warehouse automation as a way to improve efficiency in companies´ logistic control is one of Mecalux’s focus points. This warehouse technology division includes software, robotics and maintenance and is experiencing a strong growth.

The production meets the demand automatically, MECALUX EASY SYSTEM
This intelligent warehouse adapts the distribution needs to the production possibilities and production pace, which allows for a production that’s adapted to the demand requirements of different clients. This is done with specific software, the MECALUX EASY system, Mecalux´s own management system. Mecalux has designed, developed and produced all elements that intervene in this warehouse: the control and management software, the clad racks, the stacker cranes, the transporting, palletising and communication systems, as well as the fire protection system and the necessary covers. Moreover, this new equipment has anthropomorphic robots, robots that have an adjustable configuration that allows them to access obstacle zones easily. The total capacity of the warehouse is 25.200 pallets on entrance, of 1,500 and 2,300mm height, equivalent to 28,000 pallets on leaving, after a transformation of the pallets from 2,300 to 1,500 by an anthropomorphic robot, which automatically adjusts them to the size requirements of the client’s orders. Nowadays 3.300 pallets can be housed and worked 24 hours. For that there is a clad rack warehouse, run by stacker cranes which are coordinated and directed by the MECALUX EASY system that is connected with the company’s ERP.

Important numbers

  • Investments by Mecalux: 7,1 million euros
  • Hall height: 36 metres
  • Length of warehouse: 99.8 metres
  • Width clad rack warehouse: 43.75 metres
  • Volume: 149,544 cubic metres
  • Total number of pallets: 25,200 pallets
  • Stacker cranes: 6

    Becton Dickinson
    Becton Dickinson is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Becton Dickinson employs approximately 28,000 people in approximately 50 countries throughout the world. The plant in Huesca was founded in 1978 and employs more than 500 people. (Read more about Becton Dickinson on www.bd.com.).