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Walk into The Glenmore Distillery’s new $45 million distribution center in Owensboro, Ky., and you’ll find something not often found in a bottling operation: a large-scale automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). Although these machines are used in a wide range of industries, they have yet to make major inroads in this sector. Glenmore is one of the few spirits suppliers to use an AS/RS, according to Westfalia Technologies, which provided the equipment.
The AS/RS also contains 52 pallet-staging lanes that are capable of holding 416 pallets and an automated layer picking system from Cimcorp. The system can move 150 layers per hour and stores 255 SKUs (stock-keeping units).