Egemin Automation is going to build and automate a brand-new deepfreeze warehouse for frozen foods specialist Crop’s in Belgium, on the production site of Ooigem. The investment in the expansion of the site must support Crop’s growth plans in the next coming years. The new high-bay warehouse will be built next to the existing freezer warehouse and production plant.
Egemin delivers a total concept for Crop’s and is responsible for the complete construction and logistic organization of the warehouse. The construction works include the foundations, insulation, roofing, cooling, oxygen reduction, fire detection, lighting and electricity. The logistic part includes the clad rack construction and all automation technology including five AS/RS stacker cranes, the conveyor system and the higher-level WMS software to control all material flows. The works are to start in mid-September. The throughput time for the entire project is scheduled at approximately one year.
Highest deepfreeze warehouse
With impressive dimensions of 82 metres long, 38 metres wide and 41 metres high the warehouse will be the newest highest automated deepfreeze warehouse in the Benelux. With its 15 storage levels and five crane aisles it will provide space for over 20,000 pallets of frozen vegetables and fruits. Pallets can enter the warehouse from both the production plant and from external locations. Each pallet is checked for dimensions and weight before infeed. External and industrial pallets, accounting for 20% of the total storage capacity, are first placed on a slave pallet. That should optimize the storage process in the warehouse. Partner Stow will be responsible for the silo construction. The five stacker cranes will be supplied by German partner MIAS.
E’wms, Egemin’s warehouse management software, is responsible for managing both orders and inventory. The software takes full control of all transport and storage systems, ranging from the infeed and storage in the warehouse to the dispatch and transport to the shipping zone.
Egemin and Crop’s have also concluded a two-year maintenance contract to ensure an optimal operation of all logistic installations in the deepfreeze warehouse. The maintenance contract involves 24/7 standby service, corrective and preventive maintenance and a system availability guarantee.