Savoye, the global warehouse integrator of logistics and IT systems, has signed a contract to deploy its PTS (Picking Tray System) order fulfilment solution to a key meat products supplier to the French supermarket retailer E.Leclerc. The system will enable Kermen, which currently processes 170,000 tonnes of meat each year, to handle 5,000 boxes an hour.
The logistics integrator began initial work on the mechanisation of Kermen's logistic platform in March 2011. The new site is projected to be fully operational in mid 2012. Located to the west of the city of Rennes, close to its meat processing operation, the 9,000 m2 temperature controlled site is currently being extended to create an additional 6,000 m2. The new automated cell will be commissioned this summer with a Savoye PTS Picking Tray System over 5 storage rack aisles.
"This project involves a high performance, compact, upgradeable order fulfilment system. Fifty autonomous shuttles will circulate over ten levels of quadruple depth racks to pick the products to be prepared. The system will automatically schedule the orders according to features (weight and size). Besides that, it will be matched with five automated palletisation lines in output and banderolling devices," highlights Alain Bussod, Savoye's sales director for France.
Kermen has also called upon Savoye for the provision of WCS (mechanised equipment management) IT software packages and part of the WMS (warehouse management).
Due to be fully operational in the summer of 2012, the Savoye installation will allow the preparation of 5,000 mono-base, multi-height boxes an hour. The Savoye solution also provides Kermen with the option to process up to 10,000 boxes an hour in the next 3 to 5 years, with the addition of new storage aisles.