Alu Laufen expands material supply with crane logistics

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Aluminium Laufen AG in Liesberg, Switzerland, is equipping the complex, fully automated material supply of its extrusion plant with additional crane logistics.

In concrete terms, the crane logistics order for a smooth material supply involves the delivery of an additional automatic crane including billet store by the intralogistics specialist Herrmann+Hieber from Friolzheim, Germany.

Aluminium Laufen supplies numerous sectors, such as mechanical and electrical engineering, energy supply and the automobile industry with extruded components and cast products. In this, Aluminium Laufen attaches great importance not only to technical excellence but also to the provision of comprehensive services for the rapid fulfilment of individual wishes. For optimum customer satisfaction, among other things seamless further processing is essential. These facilities must be supplied quickly and flexibly with untreated profiles made in-house and integrated into the existing, fully automatic material flow.

Additional crane logistics for smooth-running material supply

The extension now planned serves to link new CNC machining centres with the already present, unmanned and centrally managed internal logistical system, consisting inter alia of three large billet stores and automatic cranes by Herrmann + Hieber. Accordingly, this is to be extended by a fourth automatic crane and billet store, together with floor-level conveyor technology. The scale of the system is sufficient to allow for future enlargement in relation to performance and capacity. The aim is to supply customers ‘just-in-time’ with ready-to-fit components, as promptly as possible.

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