Energy-efficient pallet conveyors from Dematic will transport and accumulate bins used in production at Coca-Cola Amatil’s new preform and closure manufacturing facility at Eastern Creek in Sydney.
The new $57m facility is part of CCA’s ongoing vertical integration of its manufacturing operations, which includes blow-fill technology to produce PET beverage containers. The new preform facility will produce 2.8 billion preforms and closures for CCA’s beverage bottle self-manufacture operations.
Dematic’s integrated pallet conveyor system requires less than half the drives of conventional pallet conveyor systems. Developed by Dematic technology partner Qubiqa, it provides a number of benefits compared to previous generation conveyors, which typically require additional drive motors for each section of the accumulation conveyor.
Energy-efficient bin transport and accumulation will be enabled by Dematic’s integrated pallet conveyors that will transport collapsible bins from a series of assembly stations and accumulate them ready for production.
The accumulation pallet conveyor system provides staging capacity for up to 20 empty bins, with a system throughput of up to 45 bins per hour. Once empty bins are erected, the conveyor system accumulates and transports the bins to a pick up station where they are collected by an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and taken to production.
When bins are full or no longer required, the AGVs return them to a drop off point where they are conveyed and accumulated by the conveyor system for forklift removal. The bins are then stored until they are despatched to CCA’s beverage production plants.
David Rubie, Dematic’s Industry Group Manager Manufacturing comments that the new unit load and pallet accumulation conveyor is a versatile solution for many manufacturing and distribution applications.
The design with fewer drives reduces both the installed and ongoing costs of conveyor systems. Fewer drives also reduce maintenance and parts support requirements, further lowering operating costs.
Additionally, with conveyors in manufacturing applications typically running multiple shifts or even around the clock, the conveyor’s reduced energy requirements will substantially lower running costs.
Dematic is recognised for innovation
CCA’s Eastern Creek site is also home to its NSW Route Trade DC where Dematic worked closely with CCA during the fitout of the award-winning DC.
Dematic supplied the DC with its innovative logistics systems including world-class picking systems, Ro-Ro auto truck unloading, a Pallet Runner Auto Despatch System for faster, safer truck loading, and a number of OH&S initiatives to create a safer workplace.
In recognition of Dematic’s contribution to the success of the Eastern Creek DC, Dematic was last year presented with the Innovation Award at CCA’s inaugural Supplier of the Year Awards.
Dematic is a world-leading supplier of intelligent logistics and materials handling solutions.