A full-fledged logistics centre for SAM Outillage with an automated warehouse for boxes by Mecalux

19 Apr 2017

The future logistics centre of SAM Outillage, a French professional tools manufacturer, will comprise pallet racking and an automated miniload warehouse. The combination of the two storage systems will allow the classification of the merchandise according to its turnover, as well as the organisation of operations, to achieve greater efficiency in picking tasks.


Mecalux will install an automated warehouse for boxes consisting of three, 56 m long, 8 m high aisles with double-depth racks on both sides. They can accommodate more than 19,000 boxes of small-sized items. The stacker cranes will manage the incoming and outgoing goods automatically.

The preparation of orders will fulfil the "goods-to-person" principle, i.e., the cranes will supply the operators with the goods needed to put together each order. This logistics solution will increase the flow of movements, the adaptability and the responsiveness of the SAM Outillage logistics centre.

Pallet racks will occupy most of the warehouse storage area. They will also be 8 m high and offer a storage capacity for 6,030 pallets with diverse turnovers and dimensions.


"Mecalux has proposed a customised solution that will allow us to have a denser storage area, increase workflows and reduce delivery times for the goods sent to our customers. This scalable system in terms of storage and logistical flows, let us respond to new demands from our customers," explains Olivier Blanc, general manager at SAM.




SAM Outillage came into being in France in 1906, guided by the hand of the engineer François Blanc. Initially it focused on ironwork, but after the First World War, the business specialised in the manufacture of tools for industrial use. Today, its high-quality products meet the needs of its customers around the world.


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