United Biscuits, the umbrella brand for household names such as McVitie’s and KP have been using Logistex to implement and maintain automation at their Midland Distribution Centre in Ashby-de-la-Zouch for over 20 years.
To this day they continue working with Logistex to continue to improve and develop operations ensure automation gives them on-going value.
The United Biscuits MDC was built in 1992, when Logistex was chosen to provide the initial stage of 11 automated pallet cranes with our unique universal platen to handle GKN pallets on standard APR racking without top hats.
The first highbay at United Biscuits, holding 21,780 pallets, represented Logistex’s first fully integrated highbay. At this time the site was handling 1.3 million pallets per year.
In 1995 Logistex converted a second highbay from manual VNA trucks to automated. Initially three cranes were installed with four more being added in 1999 and a final four in 2001 to form an eleven crane highbay with a 14,036 location capacity giving the site an automated storage capacity of 39,204 pallet locations. The site was then handling 3 million pallets per year, a 130% increase.
As well as the automated highbays, the site also has traditional VNA areas and mezzanine floors with various packing and display material preparation activities.
- 24/7 Operation
- Residential team of five Logistex Engineers and five Logistex Assistant Engineers
- 22 fully automated 18m high automated pallet machines
- 1,800m conveyors with 9 lifts and 11 turntables
Logistex and United Biscuits have worked together as a team from the initial project in 1992 and continue to do so.
The most recent project to be taken on by Logistex is Project Topio which will automate the pallet in and out feed to their manual VNA system.
Currently there are two levels, a ground floor and a mezzanine level with a transfer car on each. Fork lift truck drivers carry pallets from the conveyor and place it on the pick and deposit points on the end of the aisles.
Logistex will be installing a conveyor system to carry the pallets and therefore remove the fork lift trucks from the operation.
The project has a demonstrably excellent return on investment.
This is an additional project awarded to Logistex, the most recent project previously being Darwin, that project was delivered on time, to budget and to tight deadlines over the Christmas period and has been hailed as a great success.
Topio is the latest of successful projects- that’s why they keep coming back!