In summer 2014, Ferroplan supplied a warehouse system for Nokia-based Nokian Heavy Tyres to use in its green tyre storage. Complete with wireless power-transfer technology, the system includes places for 383 green tyres, three automated transfer carts, and chain conveyors. Changes to the system at Nokian Heavy Tyres were necessary because the company was experiencing problems in its intralogistics.
‘Our old system, which used overhead rails, caused problems in our warehouse management and occasionally even led to hazardous situations,’ explains plant manager Pasi Antinmaa, adding: ‘We wanted to invest in occupational safety, and the new system helped us do just that. In addition, we always want to offer our clients top-quality products. The new system facilitates timely and transparent quality control and monitoring of stock. Adhering to the first-in, first-out principle is important because the quality of rubber suffers during long storage,’ Antinmaa explains
In addition to improving occupational safety and quality, Nokian Heavy Tyres increased productivity and enhanced its stock management.
‘Thanks to the new solution, the productivity of our diagonal tyre production has increased by up to 10 per cent. In addition, our warehouse records are now totally accessible. We’re able to perform an online inventory any time, in any place. Each green tyre has its own ID code, enabling us to obtain information on each tyre in real time at every stage of production. This greatly contributes to customer satisfaction, since faulty products can be tracked immediately if the information indicates that there is a problem,’ explains Antinmaa.
Nokian Heavy Tyres were happy with Ferroplan’s delivery, and the system has exceeded all expectations as to the time in which it paid for itself. In most areas, all the goals set for the project have now been reached. Further development is still under way.
‘Our collaboration with Ferroplan has been fruitful, and we’re happy with the outcome. At the moment, intralogistics challenges are a hot topic in industry, and this solution is a good example of a successful project. Any large project has its challenges, but with good collaboration, you can deal with them,’ Antinmaa concludes.