Food & Beverage

Food & Beverage Solutions

 Food and beverage fulfillment can present special challenges to a typical fulfillment operation. In food processing facilities, regulations may require equipment graded for stringent sanitation standards to prevent cross-contamination. Refrigeration and freezer applications may be necessary to preserve product quality, prevent spoilage or product loss due to higher facility temperatures in the summer months in facilities not temperature controlled. Advanced sortation equipment may be required to control the release of product to support the route stop sequencing of loads into a shipping trailer. The level of automation in food and beverage operations can range between very manual processes utilizing powered industrial trucks all the way to complex conveyor, sortation, and automated storage and retrieval systems.

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Manual Process for Food & Beverage

A manual process is recommended with businesses just entering the marketplace, daily activity levels are low, acquiring capital dollars is difficult, picking is mainly at the bulk level, or there is uncertainty regarding future activity levels.


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Semi-Automated Process for Food & Beverage

A semi-automated process is the next step in the progression from a manual process. As daily activity levels increase, more efficient methods are required to handle the increased throughput and service level requirements. The transition from manual to semi-automated involves the introduction of conveyors, packaging equipment, and a more advanced warehouse control system.


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Automated Process for Food & Beverage

Automated processes are employed in fulfillment centers that have high daily volume demands consistently. They utilize many of the components of a semi-automated system but replace labor-intensive operations (such as picking) with highly efficient machines. Using goods-to-person technologies such as shuttles and autonomous robots; reduces order cycle times even further than a semi-automated solution but at a higher capital cost.


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Food & Beverage Components

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Depending on the need(s), one or more of these technologies may be used in a Food & Beverage solution.

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Automated Storage Retrieval

An Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS) is a combination of equipment and controls that handle, store and retrieve materials as needed with precision, accuracy, and speed.

Tilt Tray Sorter

Also known as a loop sorter, a Tilt Tray is a continuous loop sortation conveyor that consists of individual trays traveling in the same direction to speed up order fulfillment.

Pick Module

It is designed to optimize the flow of multiple orders. They utilize numerous rack components integrated with an array of other material handling solutions to maneuver product efficiently through a warehouse or distribution center and expedite the order fulfillment process. 

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Loaders and Unloaders

Trailer loading and unloading can be simplified using extendable / retractable conveyors. These conveyors can range from inexpensive gravity conveyor up to traversable powered conveyors. The use of conveyors improves the speed and ergonomics of the trailer load / unload process.

Shelving in Food & Beverage Facility


Shelving is a common method for storing cartons, totes, or individual pieces of product. 

Empty racking systems in large warehouse


Racking is generally regarded as wider, deeper, and higher than shelving, and is the preferred method for storing large quantities of stock.

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