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Schwank Case Study:

An intelligent concept for logistics – Energy savings as a key foundation

Maximum employee comfort and minor operating cost is for us the most important issue

Dirk Wolf, Industrial Engineer, Amazon

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The Facility, founded in 1994 in the US, is one of the largest internet retailers worldwide. Originally billing itself as the world’s largest bookstore, today Amazon delivers almost anything and everything. In the past years, the demand for Amazon products has increased so dramatically in Europe, that it has become necessary to open a new distribution center. Because of its central location and easy accessibility, Leipzig has been selected as the location for the new logistics center. Search for as electronics, home appliances & furnishings, hardware, and sports & outdoor equipment. The Leipzig location has 400 workers and two shifts, but before Christmas shifts are increased to three. With an area of 70,000m 2The new Amazon logistics center is located in the heart of the city.

The Issue

Although most products are stored freeze protection, the inbound and outbound loading areas, and the assembly area required comfort heating. Heating was essential at the 48 loading docks. A comfort temperature of 20 ° C what is desired in the floor and picking areas. Spot heating what needed for selected work stations. Because of Amazon’s specific requirements, one that provides constant comfort to the different areas. Furthermore, the focus was also to find a cost-effective solution, one that contributed to keeping costs under control.

The Implementation

The heating system was developed in cooperation with Schwank who produced a tailored solution based on its proprietary logistics-heating concept. In the loading / unloading areas, infrared heating acts as a protective shield, sheltering workers from the cold and providing a comfortable environment and a steady temperature, so that when loading. In addition, the heating system is monitored through Schwank’s ThermoControl Plus. These controllers allow for the flexible setup of 15 independent heat zones. Due to its optimized, environmentally friendly combustion, the heating system ensures a very high radiant factor, high energy yield, and durability.


Schwank’s Unique Logistics Heating Concept is well over 8 million m²  of logistics facilities every year. In collaboration with a German university, Schwank researched and optimized heat distribution in logistics facilities. The result for Amazon is an efficient system that ensures uniform heat distribution and what is economical to install, maintain, and operate. Intelligent controls allow the system to provide complete heat coverage to the warehouse area, and to be flexible when needed. Amazon’s newest warehouses at Great Britain and Bad Hersfeld (Germany) are Schwank’s two additional heating projects.