Plasgad wins the tender to supply logistics containers for new National Library

The National Library of Israel was founded in 1892 and is currently undergoing a comprehensive renewal. The library is a unique institution among the world’s largest libraries and is a home for the creativity, culture, and history of the State of Israel. The library collects and preserves a variety of archives, manuscripts, certificates, maps, music recordings and other items, of special national, historical, or cultural importance.

The new building of the National Library will open towards the end of 2023. It covers approximately 45,000 square meters: 6 floors with an area of approximately 15,000 square meters above ground and 4 floors with an area of 30,000 square meters below ground. This huge building will be home to approximately 4,100,000 books – most of the collections will be kept on the shelves of the library’s huge, automated logistics warehouse that covers 1800 square meters and is 20 meters high.

Plasgad's logistics containers at National Library automated warehouse

Plasgad was chosen to develop and manufacture the logistics containers for the innovative logistics center as a winner of the very competitive tender with local and international bidders. The project was managed and carried out by the US‑based company Dematic, which specializes in the establishment of advanced automated warehouses.

The requierements

The design requirements stipulated that the containers had to be heavy-duty and would need to be well suited for quick retrieval by a smart robotic arm. The containers were required to have two different heights, with a strong base capable of carrying heavy loads and the option of add-on in-place assembly rigid partitions, to divide each container into several storage compartments, if required.

The solution

In accordance with these requirements Plasgad developed a series of advanced logistics containers with dimensions of 800×600 mm in two different heights of 320mm and 420mm and with the option of adding dividers that allow division into 2,3,4,6,8, 9,12 cells, and their removal. The containers are designed to be used in automated systems, they have a reinforced double bottom and can carry a load of up to 150kg.

The containers were adapted to the library’s state-of-the-art robotic warehouse that operates with no human intervention. Four smart robotic arms (“cranes”) identify the location of the required crate among the thousands of containers, pull it out and move it to the collection area in the warehouse.

The results

Haim Aflalo, sales manager at Plasgad says: “The National Library project is one of the most beautiful and important that Plasgad has participated in in recent years, both in terms of the solution we provided and the enormous importance that this institution has. We are proud to be a significant contributor of such a project. It is a complex project and we were able to successfully meet all the design and production requirements set by Dematic and the National Library. This project proves our advanced R&D capabilities that enable us to design and manufacture smart cratees perfectly suited for automated warehouses. This project yet again reinforces our position as a market leader in packaging and shipping solutions for the automatic logistics chains, customized to the specific needs of each customer.”

Yaniv Levy-Koram, head of the library processes department at the National Library: “As far as the National Library is concerned, the collaboration with Plasgad was very successful. This is manifested on all levels: the quality of the crates, the work discipline, the ongoing coordination with various interest-holders and the precision of delivery. I’d like to point out that even whenever we’ve had problems to solve, the solution provided was quick, seamless and well-coordinated. There is no doubt that in such a complicated project, Plasgad has proven to be an excellent partner with a great coordination ability vis-à-vis the broad variety of suppliers.”


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