Australia’s largest and most quintessential biscuit brand, Arnott’s, has introduced Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) from Dematic to increase manufacturing productivity and reliability.
Arnott’s recently successfully completed the roll-out of six Dematic’s AGVs at its head manufacturing plant in Virginia, Brisbane, Queensland.
The advanced, self-charging Dematic AGVs are designed to increase efficiency, accuracy and safety in manufacturing and distribution centres (DCs), achieving this with high precision laser guidance and multiple collision avoidance sensors.
Tim Morgan, Arnott’s Group Plant Manager QLD & SA, said it partnered with Dematic in order to find a solution that enhanced the efficiency of its manufacturing operations.
“We elected to partner with Dematic as they are the market leader for AGVs in Australia,” said Tim. “The implementation of AGVs in our manufacturing has helped us to achieve automated movement of product loads to improve reliability, increase flexibility and provide better sanitation for handling goods. This means we can focus on delivering our products to Australians in the best way we can.”
The AGVs work systematically to carry large pallets of product from end-of-palletising stations to drive-in storage racking areas. From there the AGVs take the pallets to handover stations where forklifts transport them to manufacturing lines. The overall process of using the AGVs increases reliability, with the AGVs capable of working non-stop 24/7 every day of the year. This is in addition to improving efficiency and accuracy of operations, thereby minimising mistakes and workplace accidents which provides significant improvements in occupational health and safety standards.
“We are very pleased to be working alongside such a well-known and respected Australian brand as Arnott’s,” said Tony Raggio, General Manager for AGVs at Dematic. “Our AGV automated technology is a very exciting product for us here at Dematic, and it’s fantastic to see it making such successful improvements to Arnott’s warehouse processes.”