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PARMALAT: A NEW AUTOMATED WAREHOUSE FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

System Logistics has won the contract to build a finished product storage system for Parmalat, the world leading Italian producer and distributor of dairy products and fruit-based beverages, and a member of the French Lactalis Group.

The system will be installed at Parmalat's Collecchio (PR) plant, and is designed for room temperature storage. It consists primarily of an automated warehouse for storing pallets, an area for receiving pallets of product off the line, and a high speed pallet sorting system.

The warehouse, which is free-standing, is served by 4 24 metre single-depth stacking cranes, with a total capacity of 9,000 pallets.

The heart of the material handling system is composed of a system vehicle loop (SVL) with 11 shuttles connecting the warehouse itself with production, picking and shipping via dedicated interface bays.

Shipping will be real time, and the system will be able to load up to 8 trucks at a time in only one hour.

The system will assure highly efficient warehouse operations, with very flexible storage, and guarantee high performance reception and shipping, with greatly improved quality and punctuality.

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