Logistics automation specialist Cimcorp has supplied a robotic order-picking system to Sinebrychoff – a subsidiary of the international brewing and beverage giant Carlsberg – at its facility in Kerava, Finland.
The system takes care of material flow and order fulfilment for beverages – including beers, ciders, soft drinks, energy drinks and bottled water – supplied to retailers right across Finland.
Flexibility Of Automation
Previously, the picking of dolly loads had been a manual process, so the automation secures significant cost savings, as well as eliminating picking errors and ensuring 100% traceability. A key factor in Cimcorp being awarded the contract was flexibility, as Sinebrychoff needs the automation to handle its wide range of products – featuring bottles and cans in various pack formats and sizes – as well as to adapt to its evolving business needs.
Pallet loads are transported from the high-bay warehouse by conveyor to the dispatch area, where a vision system enables products to be unloaded by universal robots and deposited on dollies or mini-dollies. After automatic shrink-wrapping, the loads are stored by Cimcorp’s gantry robots, which then pick them in line with customer orders. The dollies are then automatically labelled before being transported to the loading area by laser-guided AGVs.
Cimcorp also supplied its warehouse control system (WCS), which receives information about orders, stock and routes from Sinebrychoff’s warehouse management system (WMS), in order to manage the material flow and order-picking.
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