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French frozen food specialist Hesbaye Frost appoints Savoye for new high bay warehouse project

Savoye has signed a contract with Hesbaye Frost, part of the Ardo/Crops Group, to deploy its Magmatic pallet handling solution for a new high bay cold store warehouse in Belguim. Savoye will also supply the Warehouse Control System (WCS) which will control all the inbound and outbound pallet flows.

The new automated cold store facility will be built in Geer, Belgium and can store 32,000 pallets with mainly finished and semi-finished products. Savoye’s Magmatic solution is a flexible AS/RS system utilises shuttles and elevators that transport the pallets automatically in and out the high bay store. The high bay store is a self-supporting silo rack, with an impressive height of 36m and a footprint of 6,500m2.

The automation is expected to achieve 230 pallet movements per hour, enabling Hesbaye Frost to load four full trucks per hour via an automated preparation zone.

It is not the first time that the Ardo Group and Savoye have worked together on a large project. A similar warehouse was built in 2009 in Ardooie (Belgium), which contained 31,000 pallet locations. At the time, the main reason for choosing Savoye was the long term flexibility of the Magmatic solution and the experience with similar cold store applications.

The new warehouse is expected to be operational in the summer of 2014.

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