A solution that, opens up new paths by reducing old ones.
to dispose of industrial trucks almost entirely in the warehouse seemed like quite a daring task. At second glance, things looked a little different. That is because the multi-shelf trolleys which are used for picking the goods were equipped with our TENTE E-Drive flex electric drive system. The intelligent solution allows employees to effortlessly transport more goods, which not only improves productivity, but also reduces walking distances – by as much as 80 percent.
The heavy order picking trolleys need to be moved quickly without burdening the employees. At the same time, the trolleys should be easy to operate and have perfect manoeuvrability. We looked at the situation from several angles and considered various factors: the drive characteristics, the different requirements during the working process and even the ergonomic aspects. The solution: Our E-Drive flex electronic drive system, specially adapted in close cooperation with Esselte Leitz. The system has a powerful electric motor and makes it possible to set the order picking trolleys in motion at the push of a button.
The speed is infinitely variable, both forwards and backwards. Employees can move heavy loads easily, quickly and comfortably. If no assistance is required, the drive castor of the E-Drive flex retracts automatically. The parameters of the control module and the battery life were adapted by our team to meet the specific needs of the customer. At the same time, we looked at the entire system and examined the optimisation potential of the existing castors. The selection of particularly low-noise castors made it possible to significantly improve the driving characteristics of the order picking trolleys thanks to precision ball bearings and treads made of natural rubber.
Axel Zühlke, Logistics Director at Esselte Leitz.
With the new order picking concept, Esselte Leitz's employees now have far fewer travel distances to cover during their work – 80 percent less, to be precise. The reduced use of industrial trucks also means that the company saves on repair, maintenance and training costs.
Moreover, the highly efficient batteries of the E-Drive flex system drastically reduce power consumption. Thanks to the perfect combination of our solution with the order picking trolleys, we were able not only to improve mobility, but also to optimise the entire work process, reduce operating costs and significantly increase productivity.