Cimcorp’s automated systems are the ideal choice for fresh food logistics, but the best solution is not always to design and build a completely new distribution center.
We’ve helped large grocery retailers around the world to optimize the handling of fresh fruit, vegetables, bakery items and dairy products across their distribution networks. Optimizing can mean creating new facilities but it can also mean future-proofing existing distribution centers with our modular and scalable solutions.
One of the benefits of upgrading through a retrofit is that there is no need to buy or rent new land. It can also be more sustainable to boost the intralogistics of the existing building rather than tearing it down to construct a new one.
Our solution for retrofits is ideal for low ceilings, from five to seven meters in height. The solution also has Cimcorp’s unbeatable fulfillment capacity and speed, picking cases in 9 seconds or less.
Future-proofing an existing distribution center can be the best option, especially if time is of the essence. With labor more challenging to retain and real estate at a higher premium than ever, there’s a lot of value we can unlock by retrofitting your current DC network in a short period of time.
Adam Gurga, Sales Manager for Cimcorp USA
✨ Modular & scalable
Future-proofing an existing facility minimizes disruption to ongoing operations during system installation. In retrofits, we configure the system to suit the site and application, quickly streamlining operations.
“One of the biggest benefits from future-proofing with Cimcorp,” continues Adam Gurga, “is the ability to install the systems while your operations are continuously running. We can slowly phase in SKUs over time, while simultaneously future-proofing and keeping the produce moving.”
The modular system can be easily ‘copied and pasted’ to several distribution centers, which has been an important factor for Mercadona, one of Spain’s biggest grocery retailers. Scalability secures total system flexibility for future expansion, making Cimcorp the perfect strategic partner for enabling future growth.
🍐 No racking and all crates accessible at all times
The gantry robot solution enables easy access as it needs no racking or shelving. All crates and cases are readily accessible.
Immediate access to cases in the system can be crucial when we’re talking about fresh and perishable products.
Only a regular industrial floor is needed for the gantry system, making it the perfect intralogistics solution for enabling a modern supply chain.
🥬 Built-in redundancy with no single point of failure
Modular design makes the solution perfect for maintenance and ensuring continuous operation, as the robots back each other up. If there is a system issue with one gantry robot, the other robots will take on the task of picking across the entire storage area until it is back online.
Each module has its own Warehouse Control System, allowing for independent control when needed. A WCS interface is also available to connect with the customer’s. Cimcorp’s WCS is especially built for the needs of fresh food automation, supporting seasonal peaks perfectly and optimizing inventory flow.
🚀 Fast installation
Future-proofing the existing intralogistics system is a lot faster to install and commission than building a new distribution center. There is no need to wait for planning permissions, design or construction.
Installation and commissioning can be carried out flexibly in phases, module by module. Crates can keep moving while the DC takes steps towards the end goal of rapid expansion of case capacity with 100 percent order accuracy, which we reach when the distribution center is fully future-proofed.
Adam Gurga, Sales Manager for Cimcorp USA
🥛 Open-floor concept means high hygiene standards and easy cleaning
With Cimcorp’s automated storage and order picking systems, distributors can easily maintain fresh food safety throughout the intralogistics journey.
Mindful of the importance of freshness in the supply chain, the gantry system can be leveraged to create open access to the floor for daily or weekly sanitization. It all comes down to our unique and efficient open-floor concept.
High-density warehouse meets safety requirements
Our innovative overhead gantry robots store and access inventory in crates – all stacked in high-density storage areas directly on the warehouse floor. This design completely eliminates the need for traditional racking or shelving, which are prone to collect dust and dirt, and are difficult to clean for routine sanitation or accidental spills.
Cimcorp’s solutions drastically reduce the amount of time and effort involved. Our gantry robots can clear the floor in just minutes, leaving everything open for easy cleaning. FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) and other regulations can be adhered to strictly.
Cimcorp’s fresh food solution meets safety requirements extremely well. This is one of the biggest benefits of the open-floor concept. It’s very easy to keep clean.
Kari Miikkulainen, Director of Warehouse and Distribution Sales