Display news overview

Swisslog builds deep-freeze warehouse for TKL in Vienna


Austria's market leader in temperature-controlled food logistics is expanding and relying on the experience and technologies of the Swiss intralogistics company. The installation of automatic and semi-automatic systems including software control is planned by autumn 2023.

New order for Swisslog: The Swiss intralogistics company is building a new deep-freeze warehouse for TKL Lebensmittel Logistik GmbH in Vienna, Austria. It is an expansion project with a scheduled go-live date in autumn 2023. By then, an automated pallet high-bay warehouse, an electric monorail system that also represents the semi-automatic order picking system - operated at an ambient temperature of minus 22 degrees Celsius - will be in place. Added to this is Swisslog's own warehouse management software, SynQ.

Growth in Corona times

»Our frozen food segment has grown steadily in recent years«, says Wilhelm Leithner, managing partner of TKL, explaining his company's investment decision, »this sector has experienced a further push forward since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.« Here, he says, frozen food consumption among private households has continued to rise, with the result that TKL's customers in the food trade have also registered greater demand.

Austria's market leader in temperature-controlled logistics awarded the project to Swisslog because, says Leithner, »the company has a wealth of experience in food and frozen food logistics and presented us with a convincing concept with high-performance technologies.«

Vectura, CaddyPick and SynQ

Swisslog's scope of supply includes four Vectura stacker cranes (SRMs), a fully automated SRM for handling Euro or industrial pallets, and a CaddyPick system. CaddyPick is an order-picking solution that combines the person-to-goods principle with the zone-to-zone method. It uses electric monorail vehicles that drive through order-picking aisles in a warehouse and are loaded onto pallets or in wire mesh boxes by the order pickers travelling with them. CaddyPick is a proven system for store-specific transport units with mixed assortments and has also been installed by Swisslog in Germany, for example, at the retail companies dm drogerie-markt and Gries Deco Company. The software control of all technologies is to be carried out via Swisslog's SynQ warehouse management system.

»We are very pleased that TKL has placed its trust in us«, says Christopher Herweg, Head of Sales Germany & Austria at Swisslog, and explains that the planning process was a very special challenge due to Corona: »We did everything 'remotely', which was a new experience for both TKL and us.« But the iterative and collaborative conceptual process that began in February 2020 still worked very well, he says.

Further information that could be interesting:
To make this site work properly, we place small data files called cookies on your device. Find out more about it: Data privacy