KIT students visit Würth distribution centre

Heidelberg - 19.11.2018

Last Friday, io-consultants invited 25 students of the lecture series “Material flow in logistics systems” at KIT’s IFL Institute to visit Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG’s new Distribution Centre West. The fully automated and state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2013 at Würth’s headquarters in Künzelsau, was planned and implemented by io-consultants. It handles around 60,000 items every day, representing a significant increase in stock turnover and storage capacity.

The field trip was organised for the fourth time in cooperation with the Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL).

“Several of our staff graduated from KIT, myself included. This is why it is so important to me personally that KIT students gain insights into the daily work and projects here at io-consultants”, says Christian Schindler, Senior Consultant, confirming his delight about the close cooperation with the IFL. In addition to organising such field trips, io-consultants is also conducting a practical case study and holding the lecture "Warehouse and Distribution Systems” at the Institute.

The day began at io-consultants’ headquarters in Heidelberg. Managing Director Thomas Kilimann welcomed the students and first talked about the projects and daily work of the consultants. He then presented the Distribution Centre West project, focusing on io-consultants’ lead consulting and planning roles.

Later on in Künzelsau, the students were given live insights into the state-of-the-art automation technology at the logistics centre. The tour centred around the material flow process to demonstrate order processing from incoming goods to the robot-based palletising of the shipping boxes.

Prof. Dr. Kai Furmans, head of the IFL, summarised: “The field trip gave our students very realistic insights and excellently showcased how theory and practice intertwine. This is particularly useful for the “Material flow in logistics systems” lecture, which is very practice-oriented and uses real case studies.”

We would like to extend our special thanks to the Würth Group for this opportunity to visit their logistics centre.

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