TCI Group – handling of SMD reels in production

The TCI Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of electronic components, needed a clean and orderly storage system for approx. 500,000 SMD reels. A precise and automated system was required, because the reels had previously been stored on conventional static shelving.


  • More efficient retrieval of SMD reels
  • Orderly, clean, and dust-free storage of materials
  • Less space needed for storage
  • Integration in the customer’s existing WMS


  • Vertical storage system used to reduce the size of the footprint
  • Increased productivity (to 1,100 orders with the same number of employees)
  • More than 60 percent less space occupied (from 48 m² to 16 m²)
  • Power Pick Global software manages the automatic storage system
  • Inventory management with complete just-in-time control
  • Setup has comprehensive ESD protection

Scope of delivery:

  • 3 Shuttle XP 250 systems
  • VARIO position indicator with double-digit display
  • Power Pick Global software with a link to the customer’s WMS

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