Egemin Automation will soon start with the construction of a new automated high-bay warehouse for the Belgian snack food producer Poco Loco. The company has been experiencing steady growth and needs more capacity. To achieve this, Poco Loco recently bought seven hectares of industrial area across the street from the company’s existing production facility. The new warehouse is part of a 50 million Euro project that will allow Poco Loco to centralize its storage in one location, giving it even more control over its logistics process. For Egemin the project represents a confirmation of its competencies in automated warehouses for the food industry. The new warehouse is to go operational by early 2018.
Poco Loco produces tortilla wraps, crisps, dinner kits, Tex Mex spices and sauces. Approximately 96% of everything made in the Roeselare facility is destined for foreign markets. Until now, the products have been stored at different sites and with external suppliers. “By centralizing a major part of our warehouse, we will cut 25,000 truck trips,” says Peter Denolf, Managing Director at Poco Loco. “We will, therefore, not only save money but will also acquire more control over our own logistics. This will help us respond more flexibly to the demand of our customers.”
The new fully automated high-bay warehouse will be able to store 42,000 pallets. A 100-metre-long conveyor bridge over the public road between the production facility and automated warehouse will connect both locations. Conveyors on the bridge will transport finished pallets to the warehouse and supply raw materials from the warehouse to the production site. Finished products for customers will be picked in the warehouse and then automatically transferred to the loading zone.
Egemin Automation will deliver the complete design and delivery of the system, including all warehouse equipment and the automation of all logistics processes within this project.
The warehouse, 43 metres high and with a surface area of 8,000 sqm, is equipped with 11 stacker cranes and 910 metres of pallet conveyor, which ensure that 304 pallets can be moved in and out per hour.
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