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Forward-looking logistics for German medical technology manufacturer ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH

In business since 1847, ERBE Elektromedizin GmbH now has over 560 employees developing, producing and distributing medical technology for electrosurgery and waterjet surgery as well as equipment and accessories for hemostasis, tumor removal and minimally invasive operations. ERBE has a global presence with sites in the United States, Brazil, China, France, the Benelux countries, Switzerland, Poland, the United Kingdom, India and Russia. Tübingen, Germany, is its sole production facility, however. For years, ERBE has achieved strong growth both at home and abroad. Exports currently account for some eighty percent of revenue. The structure that had evolved over the years was not equipped to fully meet these and other challenges. Therefore a new logistics centre was built and became operational in 2008.

The nearly 38,000 square meters of floor space in the new logistics center accommodate the following:

  • Automatic small-parts storage area featuring storage trays for nearly 15,000 boxes and with a capacity of 260 stock removals per hour
  • High-rack storage area with wire-guided narrow-aisle turret truck technology
  • Block storage
  • Quick-turnover zone
  • Dangerous goods storage
  • Sterile goods storage