COCA - COLA EUROPEAN PARTNERS Distributor - Eco Platform - Madrid, SPAIN


The Company
Madrid Eco Platform is a company belonging to the
Coca-Cola Iberian Partners Group that kicked off an
important logistics rearrangement project.
By tackling this challenge, Coca-Cola Iberian Partners
aims at optimising the amalgam of its logistics
resources in order to respond effectively to the
demands of the Spanish central area's market.

Problems and objectives
Coca-Cola Iberian Partners wanted to be able to
prepare all orders for each client within a unique
logistics centre. System Logistics therefore designed a
system that could optimise the preparation of orders,
which - once loaded on mixed trucks - would then be
directly dispatched to the customer located in Spain's
central region.
The new logistics centre implemented in Leganés shall
be able to respond to its clients' needs thanks to an
automated warehouse with a total capacity of 16,800

The solution and the results
This warehouse features 7 stacking cranes, 26 m. tall,
which provide an overall flow of:
- 150 pallets/hr inbound.
- 300 pallets/hr outbound.
This system is provided with a "man to goods" picking
solution that, through System Logistics's SVL technology,
supplies the pick faces made of floor-level gravity roller
conveyors. This SVL technology allows to collect pallets
from the delivery point of the stacker cranes and to
move the goods in a rapid and flexible way within the
whole distribution centre. This will help reduce the
resources used and the amount of mistakes usually
ascribed to these functions. This system is made up of a
group of shuttles that circulate along a ring at 3.5m/s, to
satisfy the demand for complete pallets and the fulfilling
orders of the Picking area.
We designed the picking area with a series of motorised,
gravity and floor-level roller conveyors to which
complete pallets are conveyed and from which operators
may pick the number of loose pieces for each reference
(SKU) they need. This process too has been optimised
thanks to a Voice Picking system implemented by System
Logistics, to streamline as much as possible the
preparation of the picking orders and to eliminate the
mistakes usually incurred in these areas.
Among the innovations of this system are: the
automatic pallet download, the effective handling of
returns, and the combination of simple and double
depth shelves, that give the system the right balance
of selectivity and effectiveness.
Finally, this project has been designed in such a
manner that the system may be easily extended to
satisfy any future needs that may arise.