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Not only in size convincing
McCain goes live with outstanding performance parameters




BORGHOLZHAUSEN/ BÉTHUME, April 2011 - Frozen specialties, as far as the eye can see: Every minute fries, croquettes and hash browns leave the warehouse. Since the spring of 2010 France’s largest refrigerated automated warehouse, with a capacity of over 68,000 pallets, has been operational. In the high bay warehouse, six Westfalia storage and retrieval machines (SRM) operate in the frozen -24 °C environment, with all product movements managed by Savanna.NET® Warehouse Management Software. This single high density warehouse allows McCain to merge the storage and distribution of eight regional warehouses in Béthume, Harnes and throughout northern Europe. In addition to savings on operational costs, such as electricity, the automated warehouse reduces transportation costs and supports McCain’s declared strategy for sustainability.
The logistics service provider Kloosterboer runs the warehouse exclusively for McCain and handles between 4,000 and up to 6,000 pallets daily. While this is nowhere near its capacity, it is designed to handle the anticipated growth of McCain’s well-known frozen products throughout Europe. McCain decided to build the new warehouse and distribution center close to its production facility in order to accommodate its expanding storage requirements. The warehouse is 100 meters long, 112 meters wide, 38 meters high, and is capable of storing up to 16 pallets in a single storage lane. Its six SRMs are equipped with double lift satellites, capable of handling both retail and Euro pallets up to 1,000 kilograms. Westfalia’s Savanna.NET® software controls and manages the pallets throughout the system, handling up to 250 pallets per hour.
The newly build storage and shipping center meets the requirements of the global player McCain. In this regard, the two medium-sized companies Kloosterboer as service provider and Westfalia as supplier rose to a challenge. In this project Westfalia once again demonstrated its expertise in designing automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) to fulfill each client’s specific needs. “We are very proud that we were able to implement these customer requirements”, explains Managing Director Andreas Gartemann.


About Westfalia
Westfalia is an expert in supply chain automation and car park automation. The company designs, manufactures and installs automatic storage, conveyor and order-picking systems (e.g., high-bay warehouses) as well as automated car parking systems (Westfalia CAR-SAFE®). Automation of the entire supply chain includes the control and IT connection of systems to logistics software such as the company’s own Savanna.NET®. Westfalia also links in-house and transport logistics (e.g., by means of automatic loading and unloading systems for lorries). The maintenance, modernization and extension of systems ensure continuous operation and long-term customer partnerships. In its 40-year history, Westfalia has automated more than 675 logistics systems worldwide. The European headquarters of the company is located in Borgholzhausen, Germany, between Bielefeld and Osnabrück and not far from Hannover.

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McCain handles between 4,000 and up to 6,000 pallets daily in the refrigerated warehouse.
McCain’s refrigerated warehouse shows outstanding performance parameters.
Westfalia implemented the refrigerated warehouse in 2010.
AS/RS accommodates more than 68,000 pallets.
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