Sealing and plastics technology for the industrial world ...

TECHNO-PARTS GmbH has more than 50 years of experience in producing high-quality seals and molded parts for hydraulic, pneumatic and chemical applications in various industries.

At company headquarters in Essen, Germany, more than 70 employees make sure that products having consistently high quality are shipped to customers – they also respond to customer demands quickly and flexibly. 

Process organization is supported by the flexible high-performance HänelSoft® solution. 

The TECHNO-PARTS order picking warehouse is comprised of 18 Hänel Lean-Lifts® that systematically store more than 20,000 items. 

The lifts ensure that items are retrieved quickly and thus speed up shipping processes. The Hänel Lean-Lifts® are connected to the host ERP system via the flexible and high-performance HänelSoft® warehouse management solution. 
All processes, from offer generation and planning to final invoicing, are managed through the central enterprise resource planning system. Communication with HänelSoft® is based on CSV files. Employees use the Hänel MP12 N HostWeb controller to access the modern and intuitive HänelSoft® user interface. 

The ERP system communicates with HänelSoft® via the integrated host interface so that retrieval orders can be generated. All orders, including retrieval numbers, order numbers and other specific data, are then listed by HänelSoft® and displayed on the lift control unit.

Optimized ergonomics and more speed thanks to prepositioning 

The 16 Hänel Lean-Lifts® are clustered in two groups each having eight storage systems. One employee is responsible for one cluster. Retrieval routing is optimized to improve picking speed. When an employee initiates a retrieval order at one of the lift systems, the software automatically ensures that the container in the nearest lift system reaches the access point for retrieval. If items intended for one order are distributed across several lift systems, the Hänel container prepositioning feature speeds up the picking process considerably. 

The Hänel systems at TECHNO-PARTS are also equipped with compartment and sub-level indicators to minimize retrieval errors. Each retrieval transaction is confirmed directly on the lift controller. The ERP system is notified when all of the items on the pick list have been retrieved. All transactions are constantly monitored so that the inventory status data can be updated immediately. 

A conveyor system positioned between both lift clusters transports boxes that employees fill with picked items – the process is very ergonomic. Once the completed order has been inspected, the delivery slip and invoice are printed and the inventory status is updated. 

Maximum storage capacity within a minimum footprint, along with better order picking performance

The Hänel Lean-Lift® systems provide space-saving and height-optimized storage with maximum capacity within a minimum footprint. Thanks to the intelligent integration of the lift systems via HänelSoft®, TECHNO-PARTS benefits from smooth and ergonomic processes that boost order picking performance.