THE COMPANY AND THE PROJECT
Britvic is a leading soft drinks company, with operations in Great Britain (GB), Ireland, France and Brazil, and exporting to over 50 countries.
Across these four markets, the company has developed a strong portfolio of its own iconic brands, including Robinsons, Tango, J2O, drench, MiWadi, Ballygowan, Teisseire, Fruité, Maguary and DaFruta. In addition, in GB and Ireland, the company produces and sells a number of PepsiCo’s famous soft drinks brands, including Pepsi, 7UP, SoBe and Mountain Dew, under exclusive agreements with PepsiCo.
Britvic has identified the need to optimise its operation flows in the Rugby (UK) factory, from the raw material storage area, going through the production facilities, up to the storage and shipment areas.
System Logistics has created the entire plant using different storage and material handling technologies.
The system consists of material handling technologies and solutions for high performance automatic storage.
For connecting the production facilities to the warehouse, 11 AGV, in two different models, have been used: The “CP Mini” model, characterised by its small dimensions and easy handling in narrow spaces, used for transporting “raw materials” to the production lines. On the other hand, the finished products are transferred from the production facilities to the warehouse using a “Quad” type AGV, capable of quickly transporting up to 4 pallets per vehicle.
The SVL technology has been chosen for finished product handling, and has been located in two separate areas: the first underground loop that connects the production facilities to the warehouse is 300 metre long and consists of 25 independent shuttles. The second loop is overlapped on the first one and is equipped with 10 shuttles. It is used for transporting the products from the warehouse to the shipment department. The two loops are connected to each other by means of two stacker cranes, to allow direct shipment of the pallets coming from the production facilities, without necessarily passing through the warehouse.
The storage system consists of a self-supporting warehouse that can house 33,118 single or double-depth pallets, and reaches 32 metres in height. The use of 9 stacker cranes, capable of handling 2 pallets at a time, makes it possible to manage a pallet flow equal to 376 incoming pallets from the production and 318 outgoing pallets to the shipment area.
The entire system, from production to shipment, is capable of handling different types of pallets (CHEP, EURO, TRDU).
System Logistics has also been engaged with the construction and management of civil works, in particular the shipment area and the offices located above it.
Different AGV models have been used for different handling types: space-saving dimensions and contained manoeuvring spaces for the production area, full-capacity and fast movement for the shipment area.
The SVL technology used assures handling of a high number of pallet flows, from the production to the warehouse area (first loop) and from the warehouse to the shipment area (second loop) in narrow spaces and with high redundancy performance, for optimal connection within the production site.