Essity Automates Storage and Retrieval for Greater Efficiency

Leading hygiene and health company, Essity has automated its strategic distribution facility in Hoogezand. Working with Swisslog as the main contractor for the entire project, Essity's new high-bay warehouse measures 30 meters high by 120 meters wide with approximately 27,000 pallet locations.

Swisslog Monorail is the Heart of the System 

The state-of-the-art solution that Swisslog implemented at Essity comprises approximately 1,000 meters of conveyor belts, nine automatic high-reaching cranes, a KUKA layer picking robot and a monorail system. The production departments are connected to the new warehouse by a 500 meter-long bridge that runs across a public highway.

Benefits

  • Efficient state-of-the-art technology
  • Control over processes and products; minimal chance of error
  • Automation enables cost savings including workforce
  • Reliable re-palletization solution offers maximum flexibility
  • Effective error follow-up and extensive reporting capabilities thanks to Swisslog's SynQ software
  • Clear communication both during and after the project
Long-term safeguaring of warehousing quality thanks to far reaching automation

The re-palletization method and the WMS played particularly important roles. We also had a strong preference for a Dutch-speaking partner.

Richard Fernhout, Logistics Manager Essity Operations Hoogezand

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