In 2014, Westfalia worked with the Glenmore Distillery to implement a fully automatic high-bay warehouse with connected picking zone that has a particularly high degree of automation. This American distillery has one of the largest and most modern bottling plants in the country. An option for later extending storage capacity has been included in the planning phase.
The 4-aisle Satellite® storage system comprises a total of 35,500 rack positions for GMA and CHEP pallets, which are stored and retrieved by four storage and retrieval machines. A long Satellite® is used for load handling. Because two unit loads can be stored or retrieved simultaneously, the storage and retrieval machines achieve enormously high performance. Moreover, the multi-deep storage ensures the greatest possible storage density – and therefore also space utilisation, which is reflected in the number of rack positions. The warehouse and the intralogistical material flows are controlled by Savanna.NET® software.
At the heart of the plant is a layer picking system that stands out for its high picking performance and requires no staff. In the despatch zone, gravity roller conveyors are directly assigned to the loading gates for preparing the trucks for transport.
See the whole material flow of The Glenmore Distillery in the following video.