Murray Goulburn, Australia’s largest exporter of processed food, commissioned a RapidRunner high density storage system at its Integrated Logistics Centre at Laverton in Victoria.
Designed and installed by Dematic, the RapidRunner system sets new standards for space utilisation and operator productivity.
Combining the density of drive-in racking with the benefits of pallet flow, the RapidRunner system uses self-propelled ‘intelligent’ carts to handle pallets within the storage system.
The RapidRunner carts run on rails, which pass under each pallet location on each level of the storage system.
Unlike other storage system layouts, which require multiple access aisles, RapidRunner systemsonly require aisles for pallet entry and pallet retrieval, making them very space efficient - the longest single lane in the new high density store is 58 pallets deep!
The new high density store was required to support a doubling of ultra high temperature-treated (UHT) production capacity from 750 pallets to more than 1500 pallets per day at Murray Goulburn’s Leongatha processing plant.
“With minimal storage space at our manufacturing facilities, the effectiveness of product handling and storage within our Integrated Logistics Centre (ILC) is critical,” said Murray Goulburn’s National Storage & Distribution Manager, Phil Saunders.
“To handle the increased output from Leongatha, we needed to establish a new warehouse within the ILC.
“We had a 6000 square metre warehouse on the site that we had been using as an empty pallet store - we usually have around 165,000 pallets on site at any one time! - and decided to utilise this building and relocate the empty pallet store.
“However, the existing warehouse was not large enough to achieve the storage capacity we required using conventional storage systems and handling methods,” added Mr Saunders.
“Our storage system partner, Dematic, carried out an extensive analysis of all storage systems and methods to establish which would be the best fit for our batch processed products and stock movement patterns.”