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Chivas Brothers has invested in a refurbishment of its conveying, palletising, shrink wrapping, storage and dispatch systems at Kilmalid.

The control systems for each of the four phases were supplied by Autotech Controls.

Phase one comprised the refurbishment of eight automatic stacker cranes and the control system specified for the cranes included the Rockwell AC drive system with full closed-loop control via laser positioning devices on the horizontal and vertical movements.

This technology eliminates the need for onboard PLC controllers, improves functionality and increases warehouse throughput.

The project also included the fitting of two-man manual drive cabs, equipped with HMIs (Human/Machine Interfaces), to facilitate stock checking within the high-bay stores.

The second phase of the upgrade programme involved replacing the seven existing shrink wrapping machines with two high-speed wrappers and replacing the warehouse in-feed pallet conveyors.

Phase three involved the replacement of seven palletisers with eight new ones and the replacement of case conveyors from the production hall to the palletisers.

The final phase saw the twelve dispatch lanes that fed old clamp-type pallet exchangers replaced with an improved pallet-exchange system, including laser-guided AGVs (automated guided vehicles).

Autotech’s supply included all the control systems for the carton conveyors, pallet conveyors, palletisers and stacker cranes.

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