ficient, making productivity and efficiency difficult.
“At the time, we had a couple of older routers and
all of our sheet stock was being stored vertically in
racks,” Rohach said. “And on top of all that, using
manual labor and a forklift system is just dangerous.”
Rohach knew that if Goebel wanted to remain
competitive and reflect their commitment to continu-
ous improvement, they needed to look at news ways
to operate the high-end retail fixture plant.
After considerable research, the team narrowed
the possibilities to two systems, the Homag Automation IntelliStore panel storage and handling system
and a similar competing system. Ultimately, Goebel
decided that Homag’s InstelliStore TLF 411 would
best reflect the company’s commitment to future
The IntelliStore system is suited for companies
like Goebel that specialize in low batch volumes and
use a wide variety of board types, colors and sizes.
The IntelliStore can load, stack, retrieve, prioritize,
evaluate, feed, sort and store panel materials, while
simultaneously reducing labor costs, maximizing
material yield, and eliminating damage to workpieces
Also, the IntelliStore reduces the amount of
floor space required for storage, forklift traffic, and
manual material handling, something that was of
importance to the Goebel team.
With the assistance and guidance of Stiles Machinery Inc., Rohach and his team carefully planned a
two-week installation process that would not disrupt
Goebel’s ongoing production schedule.
“We strategically planned it so that we could keep
the panel saw and one CNC router in production,”
Rohach said. “The ability to keep inventory in con-
trol, neat and organized is huge.”
Rohach also noted that his plant is currently only
using about 25 percent of the IntelliStore’s available
storage capacity. “So, there is a lot of room for future
growth,” he said.
Less than a year after installation, Goebel is
experiencing dramatic improvements in time, efficiency, safety and overall production flow; meeting
the company’s business goals and exceeding their
“Our staff no longer has to lift heavy sheets or
manually load them, it’s all done automatically,” Ro-
hach said. “The (storage) area, which had required
Goebel has to purchase and manage a wide variety of sheet materials, all of which need to be inventoried, stored, located
and transported for cutting and processing.