Intelligent radio network helps bottling

An intelligent, low power radio frequency (RF) network, devised by Allied Distillers for its fully automated high bay warehousing operation, has brought real time data and control to the distribution chain at the company’s Dumbarton blending/bottling plant. The company developed its own application software program, which was supplied along with ready-to-run hardware by Radio Data […]

An intelligent, low power radio frequency (RF) network, devised by Allied Distillers for its fully automated high bay warehousing operation, has brought real time data and control to the distribution chain at the company’s Dumbarton blending/bottling plant.

The company developed its own application software program, which was supplied along with ready-to-run hardware by Radio Data Technology. The system has enabled delivery lead times to be compressed, and provides high speed, paperless identification and data collection.

The system utilises RDT’s synthesised, multi-channel RF transceiver modules linked to existing PLCs on the warehouse stacker cranes. This has provided the flexibility of cableless bi-directional transactions between craned and computerised stock management systems.

Eight PLC controlled cranes automatically store and retrieve pallet loads of whisky and gin. Total storage capacity at Dumbarton is 720,000 cases of spirit, and the company ships up to 250,000 cases per week to over 150 markets world-wide.

A DOS-based supervisory and control network uses standard PCs to track and record all product movement.

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