ALC to install an automated meat buffer system
The Australian Lamb Company (ALC) plans to improve efficiency and accuracy at its Colac-based meat processing facility by installing a meat buffer storage and handling solution.
ALC produces, supplies and exports lamb products to hotels, resorts, restaurants, butchers and supermarket chains worldwide.
According to Dematic, many Australian meat processors have invested in automating meat processing, but distribution and despatch processes are still largely labour-intensive and inefficient.
The company’s Automated Multishuttle Chilled and Frozen Storage and Retrieval System (ASRS) will help the meat processing facility address these issues and achieve better visibility of product flow and accuracy. It features automated overheight detection to prevent cartons entering the system that are out of specification, and an electronic interface to ALC’s host system for streamlined data exchange.
“One of the main challenges for ALC with their existing system was that the process of building, sorting, storing and retrieving SKU pallets was a very time consuming and manual process performed by staff,” said Soeren Schauki, Business Development Manager at Dematic. “Dematic’s Multishuttle ASRS solution will automate and simplify this buffer and sortation process by automatically buffering, sorting, storing and retrieving them as pallet lots.”
Other key benefits include: increased speed and reduced complexity to build SKU pallets; reduced manual handling; reduced product damage; improved overall productivity; and avoiding the need for staff to operate in a freezer environment.
Dale Smith, Chief Financial Officer and Director at ALC, said: “Multishuttle ASRS is the fastest, most flexible compact solution that is able to buffer and deliver fully sequenced meat cartons to further automation. And with a simple and proven electronic interface with our host system, Dematic’s solution met our operational requirements for the meat processing facility.”
The implementation is expected to be completed by March 2019.
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