Automation solutions provider Swisslog is to install a new automated storage and retrieval (AS/RS) solution for Japan Tobacco International (JTI), a manufacturer of tobacco and vaping products.
The system will replace stacker cranes at JTI’s distribution centre in Crewe, Cheshire. Swisslog’s solution consists of 10 Vectura pallet stacker cranes – eight double-deep in the high-bay warehouse and two single-deep in the low-bay warehouse – as well as ‘ProMove Lifters, new gravity pallet live positions and an upgrade to two cranes to comply with new regulations’.
David Wilkinson, JTI’s Director of UK Logistics, said: “Our warehouse opened in 1994 and while the original stacker cranes were updated with new processors and controls, we felt the new generation of cranes surpassed our models. We also believe new cranes will be more energy-efficient and align with our policy of reducing energy consumption.”
“This installation ensures that we will have the warehousing capability necessary for the next 10-20 years of operations in Crewe. There will be environmental benefits and performance improvements too, but our key objective was to future-proof our warehouse operations”.
The Vectura pallet stacker cranes have a ‘lightweight mast design’ which Swisslog says helps to reduce energy consumption. Plus, it adds that ‘the power module for lift and horizontal movements also allows the crane to harness its own motion to produce additional power’.
Swisslog will begin the installation of the new system in May 2024, with it scheduled to be completed by July 2025.
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