Case: Portucel Soporcel

Portugal’s leading paper and pulp producer, Portucel Soporcel Group, uses fully automated paper reel and pallet transportation and storage with 20 Rocla AGVs and an automated battery exchange station in its paper mill.

Portugal’s leading paper and pulp producer, Portucel Soporcel Group, bought an automated guided vehicle solution from Rocla in 2008. The deal was part of the company’s new paper mill in Setúbal. This location is one of the world’s largest paper mills for the production of high-quality office and printing papers. The installation covers around 20 vehicles for transporting reels from intermediate storage to sheet cutting and taking pallets from sheet cutting to wrapping. The system also includes an automated battery exchange station (BES) and will be extended with 12 additional vehicles for the intermediate storage.

From deal to delivery

The vehicles were shipped to the new paper mill in May–June 2009. During the summer, the reel logistics of the new converting plant were commissioned and interfaces with the mill’s control systems and various machine lines were established as planned.

As production at the new paper mill started, fully automated reel logistics using the latest generation of Rocla AWTs and our automated BES were also ready to automate production in the converting area.