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Putzmeister Invests in Latest Parts Storage and Retrieval System Technology


Putzmeister America has made a substantial investment in two highly advanced parts storage and retrieval systems to serve after-market parts needs with even greater efficiency.

Putzmeister Invests in Latest Parts Storage and Retrieval System Technology

Innovative approach utilized to store, protect, and retrieve parts further enhances after-market support

STURTEVANT, Wisconsin (May 1, 2005) – Putzmeister America has made a substantial investment in two highly advanced parts storage and retrieval systems to serve after-market parts needs with even greater efficiency.

The continually growing population of Putzmeister concrete pumping equipment in the marketplace has resulted in stocking a larger spare parts inventory – one that presently includes 27,000 line items, valued at over $35 million. To address the needs driven by this situation, Putzmeister America installed two “Lean Lift” parts stocking and retrieval systems to both save space and provide greater proficiency in processing spare parts orders and production floor needs.

Each system houses thousands of small to medium sized Putzmeister parts in a vertical structure, which extends from floor to ceiling. At a lofty 26-ft tall, 8-ft wide and 9-ft deep, the structure saves up to 70% in square footage space by fitting more parts in a smaller area.

Within each structure, 73 pans (sized 81 inches wide, 32 inches deep and with varying heights) are divided into adjustable sections to separately house items from small fuses to large motors. Each pan can accommodate 900 lbs, with the entire structure capable of handling a total weight of 40,000 lbs.

To activate the system, an employee keys in a specific “pan” number on a keyboard, and the part is electronically retrieved using x and y coordinates. The greater efficiency in filling parts orders translates into faster shipments to customers while reducing the chance of erroneously picking the wrong part for shipment. The system also tracks fast and slow moving pans to position them strategically within the structure for even quicker processing.

Ranga Katti, Supply Chain Manager of Putzmeister America is coordinating the system setup and said, “This innovative approach to parts processing has significantly increased time efficiency, as the part comes to the person instead of someone going down an aisle in a man-lift to retrieve a component. Presently, the average time to electronically retrieve a part with the Lean Lift is under 30 seconds. In comparison, the average time to previously retrieve a part was triple that time.”

In addition, expensive and sensitive electronic parts are stored in an enclosed environment free of dust and contaminants, protected from the potential of damage on shelves, and kept from unauthorized usage.

As the structures are handling parts for both production and after-market parts support, investment in a third system is expected by year-end.