Case: Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper

Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper has an annual capacity of 450 000 tons. They are producing offset and rotogravure papers on two paper machine lines for both reels and sheets. In the sheet department they are using 3 Rocla AGVs to handle all the loading transportation. The AGVs were installed in the summer of 2014.

Rocla’s AGV system is responsible for unloading the conveyor belts for the wrapped sheet pallets, and for transportation of these pallets to the loading ramp that is being used for both internal and external trailer system. The capacity of this sheet department is 35 pallets per hour, from the conveyor belt to the storage area and finally into the loading ramp.

Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper has a very special installation, since they are handling around a thousand of different pallet sizes. Also the height of the pallets can vary a lot. In the block storage room they are stacking 2 to 4 pallets on top of each other.

- Our installation is demanding, and the function of the AGVs should be as serious as it can be. On one hand we have the big amount of pallet sizes, and on the other hand we also have to make the stacks stable, explains Mr. Michael Rudat, Logistics Manager of Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper.

- The main goal for the automation project was to reduce costs. The project was made in time by Rocla, and Rocla is our main supplier for both the AGVs and the warehouse management system, says Mr. Rudat.

In the intermediate warehouse there is room for 300 to 500 pallets. In the mill around 3,000 tons of sheet paper is being handled.

- Our AGVs can handle the pallets from both sides, from the conveyor belt to the storage room and also to the loading ramp, which increases the flexibility of the system, complements Mr. Rudat.

There is a lighting system with green and red lights installed, which shows the forklift drivers from which lanes they can remove the pallets to the main warehouse. The warehouse management system knows, when the pallet stack is full for the customer order.

- The AGV system is projected with safety installation, that there is no hazard for people or no collision with the pallets. That we have checked at first, and it was also checked during optimization that there are no failures. The whole system that we have running from Rocla is approved by safety authority, which means for us, that the system can run independently without any observation from our mill people, concludes Mr. Rudat.

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