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Case study: CNL Distribution Centre

WAGNER fire prevention protects cosnova beauty’s automated high rack storage facility

CNL GmbH’s 29,900m² logistics building in Butzbach includes a two-story administrative area as well as a fully automated high rack warehouse. When it came to ensuring that cosnova beauty’s high-quality cosmetics were comprehensively protected against fire and its potential consequences, CNL chose a WAGNER fire prevention concept that combines an active fire prevention system with earliest possible smoke detection.

Fire protection secures worldwide distribution of cosmetic products

About the project

The 29,900 m² building used for storage, order picking, and distribution of three brands of cosmetics includes two production hall areas; in the fully automatic high rack storage facility, the 40-metre-tall racks stretch up to just beneath the ceiling. Preventing fires from developing or spreading in the first place is essential, because the facility also houses highly flammable substances like nail polish remover and easily combustible packaging. Sprinkler technology-based solutions were out of the question for CNL, as they are reactive systems that would allow fires to develop before responding.

About the customer

CNL GmbH was founded in 2011 as a dedicated logistics company for cosnova beauty. The newly built, state-of-the-art logistics building was constructed in just twelve months.

Protection objectives

Fire protection ensures that business can continue uninterrupted

A powerful OxyReduct® oxygen-reduction system with VPSA technology introduces nitrogen into the atmosphere in a controlled manner, thereby reducing oxygen concentrations within the protected area to a level just below the specific ignition threshold of the materials in the area. To provide early smoke detection, TITANUS® air sampling smoke detectors were installed in the high rack warehouse as well as in the order picking and loading areas.

Advantages of the WAGNER fire prevention concept

  • Safe
    Active fire prevention system offers reliable protection 24/7
  • Simple
    Nitrogen is extracted directly from the air in the room
  • Flexible
    OxyReduct® saves space and can be adapted to future renovations, expansions, or modifications of use

The stored goods

CNL stores cosmetics made by international brands such as CATRICE, essence, and L.O.V. Some of the goods are distributed in ready-to-sell merchandise displays.

The building

The new building serves to expand cosnova’s total storage capacity, which had been exhausted thanks to the company’s increasing success and faster-than-average growth.

Customer voice

Andreas Erbe, former Managing Director of CNL GmbH, on WAGNER’s fire prevention concept

An attractive investment, transparent operating costs, and maximum safety for our products. OxyReduct® is a way for us to safeguard our existence.