Carlsberg picks SSI Schaefer for distribution centre

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Carlsberg Breweries has awarded SSI Schaefer the contract to design, plan and install a new production and distribution centre, with more than 75,000 storage positions in Fredericia, Denmark.
It will be one of the largest investment projects in the history of the Carlsberg Brewery.
 Carlsberg was looking for a modern storage system to implement within its new production and distribution plant, once a decision had been reached to move everything from its traditional plant in Copenhagen and combine all processes within a centre close to Fredericia.
SSI Schaefer will take on the complete design, planning and implementation stages of the storage system installation which will cover an area of about one kilometre squared. The storage system will use a steel rack construction and extensive pallet conveyor technology. Warehouse management will be controlled via a Warehouse Management System, equipped with special functions for yard-management, control of replenishments for production and order picking, as well as sequential allocation of issued goods.
SSI Schaefer will create a high bay warehouse with 18 aisles, with a length of 114 metres and 70,000 storage positions. Static equipment will be designed for the single-deep storage of heavy 1,000 kilo pallets. The storage process designed for a throughput of storing 700 pallets and retrieving 800 pallets an hour will be handled by 18 storage and retrieval machines with double telescopic forks. An additional ‘in-house rack’ with eight aisles and a capacity of 6,000 storage positions for pallets with a weight of 500 kilos will also be set up.
More than 1,600 individual elements will be integrated in the conveyor systems, including pallet stackers and de-stackers, pallet stacking stations, 50 vertical conveyors and eight separate shuttle vehicles. Existing buildings will be connected via bridges and a monorail will connect the warehouse and order picking areas to the bottling plant. The installation is due for completion in 2008. SSI Schaefer will then provide a full maintenance and service contract to ensure professional after-sales support for the Carlsberg Breweries and plant itself. 

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