Automated palletizing solution handles 95 percent of Bee Sweet’s fruit varieties with flexibility to run 27 different stacking patterns.
June 23, 2017
by Canadian Packaging staff
CINCINNATI, Ohio—Intelligrated, a leading North American-based automated material handling solutions provider, announces its recognition on Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s list of 100 great supply chain projects for its work with Bee Sweet Citrus. This is Intelligrated’s third such award since 2014.
Bee Sweet Citrus is a leading independent packer and shipper of California citrus, serving a global market that stretches from Europe to Australia. Faced with rising labor costs, safety concerns, high staff turnover and potential production increases, the company searched for an automated alternative to its manual palletizing processes to remain profitable and reach peak efficiency. The automated palletizing system needed the flexibility to handle a multitude of citrus for various brands around the world, each requiring different packaging, pallets and layer patterns.
Bee Sweet turned to Intelligrated for a comprehensive integrated palletizing solution, combining industry leading automation experience and technology with a process marked by clear, consistent communication, thorough operational analysis and collaborative decision-making. This resulted in a system capable of handling 95 percent of Bee Sweet’s citrus varieties, with the flexibility to run 27 different stacking patterns and complicated pallet configurations. This solution also reduced Bee Sweet’s labor requirements by 80 percent and, in turn, enabled existing employees to avoid excessive lifting and twisting movements and reduced congested forklift traffic, increasing operational efficiency and safety.
“In order to accommodate such a high level of complexity, we needed a multi-part system with barcode scanners, conveyor, sortation and palletizing,” says Bee Sweet Citrus president Jim Marderosian. “That’s why Intelligrated’s expertise and collaboration with our team was so important, to get all these moving parts on the same page. Intelligrated understood our problems and helped us improve the efficiency of our overall process.”
The SDCE 100 is an annual list of 100 great supply chain projects, serving as a guide for supply chain executives looking for new opportunities to drive improvement in their own operations. These projects show how supply chain solution and service providers help their customers and clients achieve excellence and prepare their operations for success.
Intelligrated, now part of Honeywell, is a leading North American-based, single-source provider of intelligent automated material handling solutions that drive fulfillment productivity for retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers around the world. Through a broad portfolio of automation equipment, software, service and support, Intelligrated solutions give businesses a competitive edge and optimize operational performance through increased flexibility, efficiency and accuracy.
Intelligrated designs, manufactures, integrates and installs complete material handling automation solutions including conveyor, IntelliSort sortation, Alvey palletizers and robotics, and automated storage and retrieval systems – all managed by advanced machine controls and software. Intelligrated Software offers warehouse execution systems, a scalable suite of software that manages the entire fulfillment process, including equipment, labor and business intelligence, integrated with voice- and light-directed picking and putting technologies.
Company information available at www.intelligrated.com.