Sunday 20th Aug 2017 - Logistics Manager

Robot picking system for bakery

A bakery in Pennsylvania has installed a robotic system to speed up its picking process, reduce errors and get fresher products to its customers.

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, a family owned and operated bread and roll manufacturer in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, chose a Cimcorp system with a storage capacity of 19,000 trays and 66 SKUs.

The Cimcorp MultiPick System – a fully automated, robotic material handling solution – pulls 21,000 trays per workday. Westfalia’s flexible automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) replenishes the pallet loads of trays for the MultiPick system to depalletize, separate, accumulate and distribute on a conveyor.

The MultiPick gantry robots move the inventory, one stack at a time, to storage positions on the floor. The trays required for customer order pallets are picked by the robots, formed into multi-SKU stacks and placed on an out feed conveyor system, by which they are transported to an automated palletizer.

After palletizing, pallets are accumulated and sequenced on a conveyor system, which enables Martin’s to be able to live load its trailers.

“Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe’s mission is to bake the best products and provide the best sales distribution support while working together fairly and with integrity; whatever it takes. Cimcorp’s solutions are enabling us to do that,” said Steve Mitchell, engineering manager.