Aussie Coca-Cola site handling 60 million drinks per year

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP) is using an advanced Swisslog Automatic Storage and Retrieval (ASRS) system to enhance operational efficiency and safety, while also delivering top levels of customer service and stock availability.

The innovative Swisslog Automation solution at CCEP’s Northmead NSW site will feature as part of Swisslog’s ‘World Automation Tour’ series, where a Swisslog logistics consultant and on-site engineer will virtually walk through the automated warehouse in a guided tour.

Swisslog is a global leader in automation systems and technology for warehouses and distribution centres, with advanced solutions in more than 50 countries.

The CCEP Northmead virtual automation tour went live in July providing viewers the opportunity to experience automation in action, and have any questions answered in real time.

“The tour joins automation solutions from Berlin, London, Barcelona, New York and more, as Swisslog adapts to the global COVID-19 environment and seeks to continue to offer insights into our advanced solutions,” says Sean Ryan, head of sales and consulting, Swisslog Australia.

“CCEP Northmead is an outstanding example of a solution that consolidated storage space, improved accuracy, enhanced efficiency and facilitated further growth for the customer. And with these virtual tours, viewers can see all this from their workplace, lounge room or local café,” he says.

CCEP Northmead

The high bay warehouse at Coca-Cola Amatil, Northmead, Australia handles 60 million unit cases of soft drinks per year and 2,000 cans and 600 PET bottles per minute.

This high bay has the capacity to store more than 55,000 pallets, which is the equivalent of 158 million cans.

Swisslog’s automation solution is supported under a lifetime partnership approach and includes storage systems, transportation hub and staging systems. In operation 24/7, the warehouse requires just 26 staff.

Vectura stacker crane technology

Given CCEP’s high pallet storage requirement and its limited availability of on-site space, the solution maximised vertical height using Swisslog’s Vectura stacker crane automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

Swisslog’s proven Vectura crane technology is a multi-talented and energy efficient high bay warehouse pallet stacker crane used in more than 2,000 customer projects globally.

Vectura cranes can perform equally well in temperatures as low as -30°C in a frozen food warehouse or in ambient environments as high as +50°C. Depending on the storage density and throughput requirements of a warehouse, it can handle one, two or more loads in single, double, triple and multi-deep layouts.

In high buildings and where land space is limited, Vectura cranes operate at heights up to 50 meters. Vectura cranes are also a more sustainable technology, with up to 20% lower energy consumption compared to traditional cranes, due to an innovative mast design and lighter crane weight.