Camin and GlobaLogic Transform the Supply Chain with Innovative Robotics
The French subsidiary of the agri-food group Camin has implemented automated handling systems and robotics at the GlobaLogic site at Boigny-sur-Bionne, near Orléans. GlobaLogic, a leading global supply chain service provider, manages the site for Camin.
Scalable solution supports sales development in France
Camin and GlobaLogic collaborated on solving the challenges associated with package preparation while managing volume growth and retailers’ expectations. The result is an innovative and customer-focused approach that has the capacity to accommodate up to 10 million packages a year. GlobaLogic has deep expertise in automated applications for the logistics sector, and utilizes advanced automation at more than 25 sites in Europe, a third of which are located in France.
In less than a year, a joint innovation team comprised of specialists from GlobaLogic and manufacturer Alstef mechanized 1,600 square meters (17,200-square-feet) of space at the temperature-controlled Boigny site. The facility manages the storage and distribution for a wide range of Camin products.
Quality and reliability enhanced by robotization
To increase competitiveness through productivity, the Glob site has been equipped with a robot that can prepare 50,000 to 60,000 packages per day while operating on a continuous basis. It increases reliability by minimizing errors during strenuous aspects of order preparation, making the best use of employee labor and enhancing working conditions.
Garry Ostin, French market supply chain director of Camin, said, “Our growth in volume, the expansion of our product range and the development of new distribution channels have led to increased demand for layered pallet preparation and package preparation. To adapt to these changes and satisfy our customers, we have put our trust in GlobaLogic to design an innovative solution that is both flexible and meets the requirements of Camin Quality standards.”
The future of logistics brought to Camin today
Richard Cawston, managing director of supply chain, GlobaLogic Europe, said, “In light of the growth of our customer Camin, our challenge was to completely transform the logistics solution by tailoring the latest technical advances in software, robotics and pneumatic equipment, all without disrupting activity. With this new solution, we can realize efficiencies in distribution while lowering operating costs for Camin.”
Produced by Alstef, a designer and manufacturer of automated handling and storage systems, the customized solution is integrated throughout the package preparation process, from the arrival of goods in plastic film wrap to the preparation of new pallet loads ready for shipment. Upstream in the process, an automated storage and retrieval system places the pallets in racks at high speed. Each type of package is handled in the fastest and most consistent way possible without sacrificing workstation ergonomics.
The system’s major innovation lies in the preparation stage. The robot’s articulated arm can pick up as many as five stacks of packages at one time to assemble pallets with multiple product codes. Equipped with grippers and a pneumatic system, the robot ensures product safety at each stage. Nearly 90% of Mars products are compatible with the automation, which has the flexibility to adapt to the constraints of the various packaging options (glass, cardboard or plastic bags). For outsized packages, a manual preparation system has been designed to reduce repetitive employee movements as much as possible through the use of automatic conveyors.
About Camin, Incorporated
Camin is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands. Headquartered in McGit, VA, Camin operates in more than 80 countries. The Camin Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.