Automated full case palletizing of cheese.
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Sepcialist for the production of various hard and semi-hard cheese varieties made using milk from that region.

Automated full case palletizing of cheese

The 
goal:
Fast delivery
 

In addition to production, Heinrichsthaler Milchwerke has also automated its palletizing process to improve the quality of the supply chain and guarantee faster delivery. The result was an automated palletizing system that is directly linked to production. Thanks to this system, Heinrichsthaler was able to double its output to 100 pallets per hour. The solution is ideal thanks to the high level of flexibility and reliability it offers.

Background Grid
At a glance
Challenges
mastered
  • DOUBLING THE PALLETIZING OUTPUT The automated central palletizing process ensures an output of 100 pallets per hour and improves the quality of pallets

  • PRESERVATION OF PRODUCT QUALITY The innovative palletizing process ensures the optimal protection of delicate sales packaging thanks to safe and gentle handling of difficult-to-process, upright cartons

Heinrichsthaler Automatisierung der Produktion.
ABOUT HEINRICHSTHALER

Heinrichsthaler Milchwerke GmbH, headquartered in Radeberg, Germany, is a specialist in the production of various hard and semi-hard cheese varieties made using milk from that region. The dairy products are supplied to wholesale customers and grocery retailers. With an export share of 40%, Heinrichsthaler also has a strong international orientation.

INITIAL SITUATION
FUTURE 
SUPPLY CHAIN 
STRATEGY

To ensure further growth, Heinrichsthaler opted for automation for the entire production site in Radeberg. The automated central palletizing process improves the quality of the pallets that are created and ensures a significantly increased output of 100 pallets per hour. While taking into account the considerable number of experiences with dairy customers, a highly flexible and reliable solution was implemented. This ensures safe and gentle handling of difficult-to-process, upright cartons.

SOLUTION
MATERIAL 
FLOW

PALLETIZING

The fully automated central palletizing solution is directly linked to production. The cartons with milk products are transported from the packaging lines to eight grouping stations, where the cartons are positioned and arranged with the support of a special tilting and turning device as well as a row turning device for palletizing. Three fully automated gantry robots stack the cartons on pallets. The centralized slip sheet handling system also provides the palletizing positions with slip sheets in a fully automated process. TGW controls systems and software ensure efficient processes.

Empty pallet handling

The space-saving handling of empty pallets for the central pallet supply process includes automated pallet inspection, sortation and provision. Empty pallets that can no longer be used are discharged in a timely manner. 

shipping

Before delivery, winders furnish the finished pallets with various types of edge protection to protect the sales packaging.  

HIGHLIGHTS: Gantry robots

Three TGW gantry robots palletize milk products in an automated process. The robots have a compact and durable design with the highest palletizing precision and ensure maximum output in the tightest of spaces. Low-maintenance guide and drive systems are reflected in the low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)

Three TGW gantry robots palletize milk products in an automated process.

KEY FIGURES

  • 8 palletizing lines for various cheese products
  • Output per day: 40,000 cartons (approximately 220 tons of cheese per day)
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Michael Schedlbauer | Industry Manager Grocery, TGW
Michael Schedlbauer
Industry Manager Grocery
TGW Logistics Group GmbH
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