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Case study: KOMSA AutoStore warehouse

WAGNER fire prevention protects KOMSA’s robot-assisted small parts storage facility

The AutoStore small parts storage facility is extremely compact in design - a high-density space that makes optimum use of the available storage space. However, this layout makes new fire prevention solutions necessary, as conventional sprinkler-based extinguishing systems would be ineffective: In the worst-case scenario, the extinguishing water might not even reach the source of the fire, as there would be too many stacked containers in the way. In cases like these, active fire prevention with OxyReduct® is the right solution.

Intelligent fire prevention concept ensures product availability

About the project

In late 2017, KOMSA commissioned a 675m² AutoStore warehouse in order to optimise its logistics processes. The facility comprises around 25,000 plastic containers, each with a storage capacity of 70 litres. The containers are stacked on top of one another within an aluminium construction; robots automatically transport the containers to the production order processing module. The tightly packed facility requires an adaptable fire prevention solution to protect the technological products stored there while preserving the flow of goods, which is why KOMSA has chosen to install an OxyReduct® oxygen reduction system for active fire prevention.

About the customer

KOMSA is one of the leading distributors and service providers in the ITC industry, and deals in products like smartphones, tablets, routers, and GPS devices. The company has a workforce of around 1,700 people, divided between Germany and Poland.

Protection objectives

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Fire protection that adjusts to any situation

The active OxyReduct® system prevents fires from spreading, thus eliminating the risk of fire-related material losses or operational interruptions that might threaten a company’s existence. To achieve this, the oxygen content in the area to be protected is permanently lowered below the ignition threshold of the materials predominately housed there and maintained at this level in a controlled manner. This is done through the introduction of nitrogen, which is generated as needed from the air in the room using a physical filtration process.

Another component in the comprehensive fire prevention solution are high-sensitivity TITANUS® air sampling smoke detectors, which can detect even the finest pyrolysis particles at the earliest possible moment, so that counteractive measures (such as cutting the power supply) can be taken immediately.

Advantages of the WAGNER fire protection concept

  • Safe
    Active fire prevention system provides continuous, reliable fire protection; conventional systems will only trigger once a fire actually develops
  • Individual
    Tailor-made protection concepts for customer-specific risks and protection goals
  • Simple
    Nitrogen is extracted directly from the air in the room
  • Space-saving
    Takes up practically no space within the AutoStore system, ensuring that the storage system can be fully utilised
  • Environmentally friendly
    No need to dispose of fire residues or extinguishing agents
  • User-friendly
    No damage to goods due to extinguishing agents; protective atmosphere is safe for humans

The stored goods

KOMSA’s AutoStore warehouse stores the technology of the future - tablets, smartphones, laptops, routers, etc. The robot-assisted system allows the fastest possible access to stocks so that they can be immediately used in production orders.

The building

The AutoStore SLC warehouse system was installed within the primary logistics building at KOMSA’s headquarters in Hartmannsdorf. A self-supporting aluminium construction (grid) divides the warehouse area into square fields. The rails for the robots are along this grid module, so the robots can move in two directions and thus reach any position on the grid in order to pick up, transport, and set down containers. The SLC warehouse has nine picking modules. After picking is complete, the robots quickly (and automatically) return the containers to their storage positions.

The automated facility is KOMSA’s way of investing in the current and future needs of its business partners to have orders filled as quickly as possible.

Customer voice

Frank Werner, KOMSA Project Manager

The key consideration for us was that this individual fire prevention solution by WAGNER can greatly minimise the risk of fire-related disruption.