Lineage Logistics, USA
At the heart of the Lineage facility is Swisslog's PowerStore automated storage and retrieval system. The compact, high density pallet shuttle system is capable of meeting high throughput requirements while minimizing worker exposure to the harsh conditions in the cold.
Automating Cold Storage Distribution
Three vertical lifts support each module: one primary inbound, one primary outbound and one that can be flexed between inbound and outbound depending on requirements. Pallets are stored in rack channels up to 17 deep within a 0° F environment. The PowerStore system is tailored for the cold storage environment with low viscosity lubricants, heated controls and the use of capacitors rather than batteries in the shuttles.
Our results have been very good. From the time we put in a truckload order to the time all the pallets arrive in the ready lane is just nine minutes—faster than the 12 minutes we had in our business case. We expect that to drop to six minutes as we gain more experience.