Cimcorp, manufacturer and integrator of turnkey robotic handling solutions, is providing a state-of-the-art order picking system for a fully automated distribution centre in Mexico City built for Grupo Bimbo, one of the world’s leading bakeries.
While international system integrator, Stöcklin, is the general contractor responsible for realizing the brand-new distribution centre, Cimcorp is providing the fully automated picking system, a vital part of the integrated system. Peter Riesterer, Managing Director at Stöcklin Logistics de México S.A. de C.V., explains the cooperation between Cimcorp and Stöcklin in this joint project as being excellent and most professional as from the first contact: “The finally realised solution is a result of clear definition of requirements from Stöcklin and the experience and customer-oriented approach of Cimcorp.”
Bimbo is one of the leading baked goods producers in the world. The group has a portfolio of more than 13,000 products, distributed among more than 100 highly prestigious umbrella brands including Bimbo, Marinela, Arnold, Brownberry, Oroweat, Barcel, Thomas’, Sara Lee, Entenmann’s, Ricolino, Tia Rosa, Plus Vita and Dempster’s. When completed, the new fully automated distribution centre will supply over 100 smaller distribution centres and run 24/7 all year round. Featuring a high-bay warehouse with 24,576-pallet capacity and the dispatch of nearly 8,000 pallets daily in approximately 400 trucks from 32 ramps, it is clear that automated order picking on this scale has to be 100% error-free as well as efficient. Riesterer explains: “It is important, in realizing this highly automated operation, not only to have a partner with experience and the ability to provide a quality solution, but also one who can guarantee the corresponding support services once the system is in productive operation.”
Cimcorp will provide the order picking solution and the software that controls the material flow within the three order picking areas. Kai Tuomisaari, Vice President of Sales at Cimcorp, describes the solution provided: “The Cimcorp solution for Bimbo consists of three robotic order picking cells as well as our Warehouse Control System (WCS), which takes care of the material flow within the three order picking cells and secures traceability and real-time inventory for the automated picking system.”
Though a massive organization, Bimbo is still a bakery and has all the classic elements and challenges that bakeries worldwide face, such as continuously shorter lead-times. This, combined with the need for minimum footprint and maximum efficiency at the lowest possible investment and operational costs, put some pressure on the planning process. The project marks the first cooperation between Stöcklin and Cimcorp.“After a comprehensive evaluation phase, Cimcorp was selected as a partner because, from the beginning, Cimcorp was convincing with its creative solutions and customer-oriented approach,” Riesterer explains.
“What has been remarkable in this cooperation is the mutual respect and trust. It is our first project together, but I believe it is the beginning of a long-term partnership,” Tuomisaari says.