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Bellsolà: automatic cold stores

Sector: Fresh and frozen

Automatic refrigerators: Automha’s solution for the Bellsolà company

Problem
Bellsolà, a Spanish company founded in 1890 in Aiguaviva (Girona), specializes in the production of frozen bakery and confectionery items for the GDO, the normal trade and the Ho.re.ca channel.

As a small bakery in the Spanish province, Bellsolà has experienced steady growth over the decades, resulting in significant investments in production lines and new process technologies.

In February 2018 he joined the Monbake Group along with two other brands of the Spanish frozen bakery empyrean. The wide range of products on the one hand and the progressive increase in sales volumes on the domestic and world market, on the other, have highlighted the limits of the old logistics-distribution system of Bellsolà, leading the company to turn to Automha

Automha has rethought, with a view to streamlining the flows, the previous logistics-distribution system, based on the outsourcing of the management of the finished product stock to several logistics partners, in manual-controlled cold rooms, located in distant areas even tens of kilometers from the production site. This system, in fact, generated constant critical issues, especially in the control of shipments, in the duration of truck loading times, too long in relation to the need to manage an increasingly intense distribution flow and, last but not least, in the management of rendered.

The need expressed by the company was to eliminate the tertiarized deposits and centralize the entire stock of finished product in a newly-owned warehouse, adjacent to the production center and connected to the lines, which would guarantee a high capacity of storage, consistent with the group’s growth plans, and that it was the cornerstone of a new intralogistic structure aimed at offering customers a better level of service.

Solution
The customer’s needs have been met by Automha with a warehouse consisting of automatic multilevel satellites (AutosatMover), able to guarantee high performance, speed and storage management in layers that significantly increases the efficiency of the system.

Compared to the “traditional” automation via stacker crane, in fact, satellite solutions offer the possibility to work autonomously and independently on each level of storage, making the system more flexible and minimizing problems related to possible failures and maintenance operations. In the case of a shuttle stop, in fact, all the other floors remain active, guaranteeing the full operation of the plant, as the references are placed by the WMS in a coherent way along all the storage levels. Another plus offered by this type of system, concerns the energy efficiency connected to the consumption of the satellites, which are considerably lower than those of the stacker cranes (about 3 kWh of power installed on an Autosatmover compared to 25/30 KWh of the translation), an aspect certainly not to be underestimated within a highly energetic environment like that of refrigerated cells.

The warehouse consists of:
18 Autosatmover (3 modules at 6 levels)
6 Autolifter (lifts) 2 for each module in / out
1 Robot palletizing island
1 AGV
TWL monorail circuit
Gravity roller system for preparing shipping orders
4 voice picking stations on two levels
4 exit bays

The warehouse is 20 meters high, 6 of which are underground, for a storage capacity of 8500 pallets, with temperatures up to -25°C

Advantages in choosing automatic refrigerators
The new system has brought immediate benefits in terms of control and management of operations: the inventory, made previously extremely complex by the relocation of the stock to several cold rooms, is now managed automatically by the WMS and the whole process, including the returns management, is much more efficient and harbinger of a percentage of almost nothing error. Furthermore, the implementation of the Automha systems has made it possible to speed up truck loading times. With an average load time of just 22 minutes in each bay, today Bellsolà manages to manage a daily load of 45 trucks, a quantity more than four times higher than the previous one, which has made the company much more competitive, laying the foundations for a strengthening of operational capacity and for new growth scenarios on the national and international market.

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