The production capacities of three out of the firm’s 13 dairies are to be redistributed among the other plants, with concomitant capacity upsizing in the remaining ten milk processing facilities. For example in the Oslo plant, whose annual capacity now runs at 150 million litres of milk and 20 million litres of fruit juice, and is earmarked for further upsizing. To enable the company to maintain these production output levels throughout all steps of the process, TINE installed the new palletising centre to start with, and then the company had a new, two-part high-bay warehouse built, with 10,748 euro-pallet slots and 3,200 parking slots for rolling containers, which serves to accommodate the fully loaded pallets of merchandise until they are order-picked from there via automated overhead conveyors.
Replaces five conventional palletisers
For handling fresh milk, the TINE Meieriet Oslo company has ten cartoning lines, plus two bag-in-box lines, at its disposal. PET or HDPE bottles for fresh milk have not (yet) become accepted practice in Norway. The cartons of fresh milk are loaded in roll containers, which are placed on special pallets to adapt the new warehouse system.
The new palletising centre from Krones handles the products from a total of six filling lines. It replaces five conventional palletisers. In these previous lines, the layers were formed by means of external turning stations and mechanical grouping.