The Nestlé factory in Biessenhofen (Bavaria) ranks as one of the most important production sites for baby and infant food in the world. To ensure the 24/7 operation of its production, the multinational food company has commissioned Egemin Automation to automate all material handling flows in the plant.
Egemin will integrate a warehouse shuttle system with connecting conveyor system technology, as well as several automated guided vehicles (AGVs). The start-up of the installation is scheduled for January 2017.
Egemin Automation will install a fully automated storage and material handling system at Nestlé’s Biessenhofen site, to support the production of baby and infant foods. Conventional conveyor systems will control the handling of materials into both the warehouse and production areas.
Egemin E’gv®’s will support these processes by supplying empty cans from storage, as well as providing automatic waste disposal. An additional warehouse for storage of sensitive materials that need to be supplied to the production line will be integrated in the system. An automated very narrow aisle forklift truck takes care of the storage and retrieval process in this warehouse.
Designed according to Egemin’s unique concept, the integrated warehouse system ensures a fully automated 24/7 operation of Nestlé’s intralogistics flows. One particular challenge during concept development was to find a way to make sure the best fit of the system into the available space.
Ultimately, the decision came down to the ability to provide the necessary storage capacity, to deal with the demanding requirements of the product line and also the need to comply with highly sensitive food production guidelines. The warehouse system is monitored and controlled by E’wms®, Egemin’s proprietary warehouse management software.
Egemin can rely on its many years of experience in the automation of food industry processes to turn this challenging project in infant and baby food production into a success. In recent years Egemin has been providing more customers in the demanding food production industry with a smart and cost-effective intralogistics solution thanks to the use of intelligent systems and state-of-the-art AGVs.
Source : mhwmagazine.co.uk