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Swisslog’s fully automated robot-based order picking system ACPaQ has been selected by food and beverage giant Coca-Cola Amatil as part of the automation and major expansion of its Auckland distribution centre.
Installed in Auckland this year, the system is an evolution of Swisslog’s proven advanced automation technology, which combines robotics solutions for palletising and depalletising with the company’s CycloneCarrier shuttle technology to create a fully automated process that facilitates high throughput and reliable picking of orders for logistics, distribution, food and beverage and retail applications.
Swisslog, and the KUKA Group of which it is a global member, have combined their robotics and intralogistics expertise to create this fully automated solution that allows customised and scalable pallets to be created.
Coca-Cola Amatil NZ supply chain general manager John Truscott says the new system will enable the business to keep pace with increased demand along with rising expectations on the quality of customer deliveries. “We are excited by this technology and the advantages that the fully automated case picking system provides us. This will certainly strengthen our capabilities heading into the 2018 pre-Christmas period,” he says.“The whole picking system will be fully integrated using Swisslog SynQ software, which also controls automated delayering of single product pallets into individual cases.”
Amatil has been using a fully automated pallet storage system in both Auckland and Australia since 2007, and the expansion into robotic picking allows the company to meet rising customer demand while reducing costs and improving quality, efficiency and predictability in its operations.
The heart of the new system will be three Swisslog RowPaQ robot cells, which can each handle up to four cases simultaneously and stack up to 1000 cases per hour into multi-product pallet loads ready for customer delivery.
“This is a far higher throughput than existing mixed case robotic palletisers, which greatly improves operational efficiency,” Swisslog head of sales and consulting Sean Ryan says. “These robots also have unique grippers designed for fast, gentle and accurate handling of almost any carton, shrink-wrapped or foiled package. The solution is completely scalable and additional RowPaQ cells can be added to the system to increase throughput as required.”
The new solution also includes Swisslog’s multi-level shuttle storage system CycloneCarrier, which quickly delivers sequenced cases to the robots, all linked with pallet and case conveyors.
The ACPaQ system will be installed this year and replaces a manual, voice-directed picking system, but will link with the existing automated pallet store to create a seamless operation.
“Coca-Cola Amatil are leading the way in applying new technology to support their long-term business requirements and we are excited to be working with them. The modular design of ACPaQ has been specifically developed so that extra capacity can be added with increasing demand,” Ryan says.
Swisslog’s ACPaQ palletising software allows companies to customise a palletising order to increase efficiency during in-store replenishment. It can be used in ambient temperature and chilled warehouse zones, and can handle almost all types of cartons, shrink wrapper or foiled packages, and pallet types used in retail and beverage industries.
Order picking by robots improves picking quality and quantity, and a unique gripper type allows gentle handling of various package types.
The system optimises ROI and offers reduced labour costs due to a compact solution design and best-in-class robotic performance with up to 1000 units per hour.
A special gripper allows picking of four cases per move, and the modular design allows growing companies to increase their capacity and efficiently handle peak demands. The solution is suited for small, medium and large companies.
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Autoline Automation is New Zealand’s leading supplier of conveyor, robotic and automated handling solutions to a wide range of industries. Our experienced and dedicated team are strategically positioned to be able to service all of New Zealand. We are constantly scoping clients’ and providing leading solutions. From concept, through to commissioning, Autoline is able to provide you with a complete solution. We specialise in a full range of conveyors for the food and manufacturing industries. Our robotic solutions are cutting edge and with our recent acquisition of Carbines Engineering we are New Zealand’s largest supplier of welding robots. The T-slot profile systems are the most competitive available and feature a vibration proof connection system. Get in touch with the Autoline team today!
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Full turnkey or bespoke electrical and automation systems integrators. Our team of 20+ engineers have broad experience with all major automation brands and across many industries. We enjoy working with our customer to deliver world class systems.
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MAGNATTACK™ Global specialises in the design and manufacture of ultra-high intensity RE80™ >11,000 gauss magnet systems of both manual and self-cleaning designs to ensure fine ferrous material and magnetic fragments are extracted and retained in critical applications of food processing lines.
Working closely with a worldwide base of clients, the MAGNATTACK™ team have over 40 years’ experience in metal fragment control in liquid, powder, granular, winery and rendering applications for food safety, product security and brand protection. With efficient design and high-end detail during manufacturing, MAGNATTACK™ equipment conform to current HACCP and USDA standards. Technical support and backup is available worldwide.
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Spray Marks Engineering – Providing solutions and innovation for industrial problems is what our engineers do best. We manufacture, fabricate and provide industrial maintenance and engineering services. If you are relocating or upgrading your plant, talk to our engineers. Our teams thrive on challenges using a wide range of industrial maintenance experience in diverse production businesses to tailor-make engineering services and solutions that are right for your business. Our staff are qualified professionals who take pride in producing quality work safely. Whatever it is, we’ll get it done, make it go, get it moved and make it happen!
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Foodtech Packtech (FTPT) is New Zealand’s largest food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology trade show. This free to attend event brings industry professionals and decision makers together providing a forum for education, discussion and the sharing of knowledge and expertise, critical to the sustainability and growth of the industry.
Co-located in with the Materials Handling & Logistics (MHL) Expo the event attracts 250+ local and international suppliers and 4,500+ qualified visitors – a must-attend event for anyone involved in the food sector.
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PO Box 9682
Universal Packaging is a premium supplier of load containment products to New Zealand’s leading companies. As a trusted advisor to its customers, UPL provides a comprehensive range of pallet wrapping equipment from semi-automatic wrappers through to fully automated turnkey systems plus a complete range of high performance films. Supporting the end-to-end process is UPL’s unique SCOPE programme, encapsulating cost control, stock management and machinery maintenance. All backed by a 100% performance guarantee! To achieve the best service in the industry and the lowest cost per wrap – effectively shipped, join the UPL partners today! Call us now!
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Haden & Custance specializes in automated handling systems that prepare bulk products for processing. At H&C we emphasize the importance of understanding each customer’s in-depth requirements, listening and collaborating, before designing. Our customized, high-productivity systems are designed in-house by our team of automation, robotics and mechanical engineering specialists. Equipment building and pre-shipment testing is carried out in our factory by our highly skilled tradesmen – the same team who then handle installation and commissioning at customer sites around the world. H&C is globally unique – developing and delivering market leading solutions in response to each customer’s requirements. Turnkey solutions … beautifully delivered.
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PO Box 143
Flexicon manufactures equipment that handles virtually any bulk food material, from large pellets to sub-micron powders. The line includes: Flexible Screw Conveyors, Tubular Cable Conveyors, Pneumatic Conveying Systems, Bulk Bag Unloaders, Bulk Bag Conditioners, Bulk Bag Fillers, Bag Dump Stations, Bag Compactors, Drum/Box/Container Tippers, Weigh Batching and Blending Systems, and Automated Plant-Wide Bulk Handling Systems—all to food, pharmaceutical or industrial standards.
Custom engineered systems incorporate equipment manufactured by Flexicon as well as packaging machines, blenders, weigh feeders, screeners and any other equipment required—all integrated with your process and guaranteed to perform. Large-scale bulk handling systems are managed by Flexicon’s Project Engineering Division that offers dedicated Project Managers as your single point-of-contact, Engineering Teams that ensure smooth integration with new or existing systems, and the resources and effectiveness only a major bulk equipment manufacturer can provide. Flexicon’s worldwide testing facilities simulate full-size customer equipment and validate system performance.
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