A Siemens Success Story: Gelco GmbH & Co.

Posted by Advanced Controls & Distribution on Apr 19, 2018 8:28:49 AM

gelcoFlexible control of production, efficient management of assets and synchronization of supply chains; who doesn’t want it all? More than being a want, all these factors are becoming a necessity as the competition gets fierce. Fortunately, Siemens has a solution for this as well, encapsulated by its range of RFID and code-reading systems that offer unrivaled integration, delivering highly effective identification solutions.

Siemens has been around for over three decades in the field of industrial identification and offers an extensive & scalable portfolio of hardware, software and project management tools. With its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA), and its open system architecture, Siemens can provide a complete automation solution from a single source.

The Problem

One company that required assistance with improving their productivity was Gelco GmbH & Co. The fashion mail-order company needed modernization measures for trouble-free delivery. This could be done by upgrading their internal goods transportation system with RFID technology.

The Solution

As the company required a solution that would last in the long-run, a total overhaul was made by introducing the following components:

  • SIMATIC S7 300 PLC
  • PROFINET capable CPU 31903 PN/DP
  • SIMATIC RF300 RFID System
  • 6000 mobile data storage units

Networking was carried out via PROFINET, which was already being used in the plant, while data storage units were mounted successively.

The new automation system was implemented within two and a half days, and prevented any deliveries from being delayed. Primarily, the entire operation became trouble-free and productive since conversion, while the percentage of ordered articles shipping off to the correct location also improved.

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