Egemin AGVs fill missing link in lights-out milk processing plants

Fonterra is a multinational dairy company co-operatively owned by nearly 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers supplying more than 14 billion liters per year. Fonterra produces all kinds of dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter and ice cream. It is the world’s largest export company of milk powder with a total turnover of $ NZD19.5 billion. Fonterra employs worldwide nearly 16,000, mostly in New Zealand over 25 production facilities. Innovation and technology play an indispensable role in Fonterra’s business strategy and manufacturing and intralogistic processes.

E’gvs for lights-out plants in Te Rapa & Pahiatua

As part of its innovation policy Fonterra strives for continuous improvement in its processes to allow for fewer tanker movements, cost and waste savings and environmental benefits. In that respect Fonterra started two light-out pilot projects at the facilities of Te Rapa and Pahiatua with the objective of running the plants without operating staff.

Egemin’s automated guided vehicle systems match the purpose perfectly. Dematic designed high-end AGV solutions for both plants to handle the transport of pallets with milk powder packs to an intermediate storage buffer fully automatically. The system also handles the flow of empty pallets to the production lines.

Local system integration and service operations

Fonterra selected Dematic for its excellent price quality ratio. RML, Egemin's certified agent for the Asian Pacific region, covered the system integration and servicing of the AGV system for Fonterra. Following the Te Rapa and Pahiatua plants, Egemin and RML also delivered AGV systems for the Fonterra plants in Darfield and Lichfield.

Customer Benefits

  • Lights out intralogistics resulting in considerable staff savings.
  • Reduced damage to milk powder packs thanks to automatic handling leading to additional savings and quality improvement.
  • Fast system start-up and dedicated life cycle services by local integration team.

Read more about the AGV project at Fonterra

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What customers say
Manuel Izaguirre Zabala,
Georgia Pacific Spain

“We decided to automate the internal transport with Egemin AGVs because it allowed us to save on labour costs and to significantly increase traffic safety within our plant.”

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