Dematic AGVs help drive Arnott's biscuits

Monday, 11 May, 2020 | Supplied by: Dematic Pty Ltd

Arnott’s has introduced six automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) from Dematic to its head manufacturing plant in Brisbane, Queensland. The self-charging AGVs are designed to increase efficiency, accuracy and safety in manufacturing and distribution centres, using precision laser guidance and multiple collision avoidance sensors.

Tim Morgan, Arnott’s Group Plant Manager for Qld and SA, said the company partnered with Dematic to find a solution that enhanced the efficiency of its manufacturing operations.

“The implementation of AGVs in our manufacturing has helped us to achieve automated movement of product loads to improve reliability, increase flexibility and provide better sanitation for handling goods. This means we can focus on delivering our products to Australians in the best way we can,” said Morgan.

The AGVs work systematically to carry large pallets of product from end-of-palletising stations to drive-in storage racking areas. From there, the AGVs take the pallets to handover stations where forklifts transport them to manufacturing lines.

“We are very pleased to be working alongside such a well-known and respected Australian brand as Arnott’s,” said Tony Raggio, General Manager for AGVs at Dematic.

Using the AGVs has increased reliability, as they are capable of working 24/7 every day of the year. The AGVs also improve the accuracy of operations, thereby minimising mistakes and workplace accidents and improving occupational health and safety standards.

“Our AGV automated technology is a very exciting product for us here at Dematic, and it’s fantastic to see it making such successful improvements to Arnott’s warehouse processes,” said Raggio.

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