Häcker kitchens

Project report Häcker Kitchens

The kitchen manufacturer Häcker, founded in 1938, produces kitchens of the classic and systemat brands for the specialist kitchen trade in Rödinghausen, Westphalia, on more than 105,000 m2 with 750 employees.  

After extensive process planning, S&P Computersysteme GmbH realised the application software for the warehouse management computer and supplied all the software required for the operation of the then new building based on the customer-specific extended SUPCIS warehouse management modules. In the now more than 10 years of cooperation, S&P also became the reliable partner for conversions, conversions and expansions.

In the meantime, in addition to Plant 2 described below, the logistics for Plant 1 and, since 2007, also Plant 3 are managed and controlled with SuPCIS-L.

The hardware and operating system platform was migrated from IBM AIX to HP-UX.

S&P also supplied all the AutoID equipment required for the operation of the intralogistics, such as wireless LAN, mobile handheld and forklift terminals, direct thermal printers (also mobile) and barcode scanners.

Häcker also relies on the support of the S&P helpdesk staff for the operation of its logistics and can therefore count on the shortest response times in the event of a malfunction. In addition to the logistics for fronts, the carcase parts (via forklift guidance system) and the accessories (via paperless picking) are also controlled via the S&P warehouse management system.

New in 2007:

In plant 3, tray stores are used to buffer and supply production. Their trays are automatically filled by the WMS with the supplies needed for the following days' fronts and automatically removed by picking robots.

Front picking

  • 11-aisle HRL for fronts and tall unit sides
  • 4-aisle picking warehouse with man-operated RBG for fronts
  • 1-aisle picking warehouse with man-operated SRM for sides and floors via picking robot fully automatically operated picking zone within an aisle of the HRL

All picking areas are supplied with replenishment pallets from the HRL as needed

- Horde trolley buffer

- 1 fully-automatically operated 4-aisle buffer store for buffering

   the horde trolley for fronts

- Storage of the empty trolleys

- Storage of the full trolleys

- "A full trolley contains front parts for different customers,
which are processed in the same way in production"

The filling of the trolleys is planned by the HOST computer. The filling of a HW corresponds to a picking order.

These picking orders differ in

- Main production wagon (HEW)

- Prefabrication trolley - after prefabrication, the parts are placed on a or

  Commissioned to several HEW

- Assembly prefabrication trolley

- Add-on production trolley

The picking orders are started fully automatically by the WMS after the processing date in assembly/pre-assembly. Each started

K order, a HW is allocated from the HW buffer.

Front picking on HW:

- A-parts are picked in the picking warehouses

- C-parts are placed in the picking zone close to the HRL.


Tall cupboards:

- Picking by robot in the HRL on pallets

Sides/ Bottoms:

- Picking in the U-area on pallets

- From the WMS, all picking destinations for the trolley


- 10 parking spaces each on the ground floor/ground floor of the HRL picking zone,

  which are equipped on PTL

- One transfer station per aisle in front picking position

- HW are taken over by man-operated RBG

Front picking C-parts


- Of each 2 picking U for pallets, which are equipped with BS for the quantity

  are equipped with a confirmation

- On each of 10 HW pitches, which are displayed via PTL,

  what has to be commissioned

- Introduction Transport of source pallet and trolley by PTL

Front picking


Man-to-goods warehouse:

- HW is included on RBG

- Picking HZW via MDE in predefined storage location on HW

Additional tasks:

- Storage of replenishment pallets

- Disposal of empty pallets

- Return transport of unneeded goods to HRL

Automatic storage of the "finished" HW in the HW buffer

- HS order picking

- Supply KP with empty pallet as base for goods

- Commissioning of the HS in the specified order

- Removal of order pallet into buffer for order pallets

  within HRL

- Supply LP magazine with empty pallets

- Disposal LP Magazine

- Disposal of the empty pallets in the picking trays

Side and shelf picking:

- Picking on empty pallets

- Picking via MDE with specification of the sequence

- Removal with order pallets to buffer store

- Disposal of K-fans from empty pallets

Call-off of the picked goods:


- Fully automatic retrieval on a trolley-by-trolley basis via

  Production control system

- Transport of the HQ to the production

- "Stacking" of the HW via K-robots

- in the case of prefabrication, commissioning in empty HW,

  which, after being filled in the LVS via MDE (Palm) on previously

  harvested HFW is commissioned

- Retrieval HS pages

- Workstation-related retrieval via MDE (Palm) in assembly

Forklift guidance system for transporting built-in and carcase parts

in production

- Storage in pallet-precisely managed replenishment warehouses

  in production

- Storage/ collection via MDE on forklift truck

- Workstation-related call-off from assembly via MDE (Palm)

- Transport to workplace-related F storage by forklift (MDE)

- Transfer of goods to F warehouse

- Debit by pallet with replenishment request