BSS is building a new warehouse system for automatic production supply for Ford in Saarlouis

The BSS Bohnenberg GmbH from Solingen is building a new logistics system at the Ford factory in Saarlouis. The Rofa AG has been awarded the contract by Ford and assigned BSS as a member of the ROFA group to plan and build this warehouse.

The  new storage system must achieve the highest availability and redundancy figures possible and have to ensure one hundred percent security of supply reliability. A special feature of the system concept consists in the absence of some conventional sequencer (for example in the form of a lifting beam) for the sequence-specific provision of outgoing goods. The sequencing is performed in the BSS concept on only one level directly on the conveying system. Even in case of a standstill at any time a manually access is possible.

The automated small part storage system including 6 aisles, stacker cranes, steel and stage construction, bin conveyor system and a fire protection system will be handed over this year to Ford. The scope of supply also includes the complete automation technology, and a BSS-L-warehouse management and material flow system with visualization.

The Ford-Werke GmbH is a German automotive company headquartered in Cologne. The company currently has more than 24,000 employees in Cologne and Saarlouis. The Ford location is now the european parent plant for the series Ford Focus and C-MAX / Grand C-MAX. Every day more than 1,700 cars are accomplished. On site around 6,200 employees are working for the plant.


Strong partnership - MLR is new member of the ROFA GROUP

ROFA INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION AG, with its headquarters in Kolbermoor (Germany), has acquired the business shares of MRT Soft GmbH and their subsidiaries MLR System GmbH and MLR Australia Pty Ltd. by November 11, 2015.

MLR is an internationally leading supplier of automated guided vehicle systems (AGV) for material flow systems and intralogistics. The organization with German locations in Ludwigsburg, Alsdorf and Hamburg designs, builds, installs and supports AGV systems as new facilities and also modernize and expands existing systems.

The strength of MLR is based on the development of customized solutions, as well as specialized vehicles such as vehicles with scanning, weighing, or metering functions, outdoor vehicles, four-way or double forklifts. Here, vehicle development, guidance control and software come from a single source. The customer benefits from fast and direct coordination paths, quick reaction times and a maximum flexibility regarding modification requests.

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