The Heinz site in Wigan produces all the beans, tomato ketchup and soup we eat everyday and also stores the products there in their NDC for UK supermarket distribution.
Heinz have already been using two Slipchain automatic loading/ unloading docks installed by Joloda nearly 12 years ago, one at the factory and one at their NDC. However with the increase in product portfolio over the last few years of HP sauce, new flavours of beans and sauces and now also new packaging of beans to suit different lifestyles, their output from their factory has increased extensively so they needed another loading/ unloading dock from Joloda to increase capacity.
As well as the automatic dock systems, they have four slipchain shuttle trailers 16m long, which travel the distance of 1/2 mile, around 30 times per day.
The slipchain system they use handles up to 30 pallets per load and the trailers are loaded and unloaded in two minutes. This dramatically speeds up the loading/unloading process of using forklifts, which can take 30 minutes or more.
The Hydraroll Slip chain system incorporates pneumatically activated rise and fall chain and roller track, giving high speed pallet accumulation and loading and unloading of full pallet loads. The pallets are automatically transferred from the dock into the trailers, which are also fitted with a Hydraroll slipchain system. The slipchain system is used for short shuttles.
This system is used worldwide by many well known everyday brands, Princes, Nestle, Coors Brewers, Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi-co to name a few.
They are saving several hours per day loading automatically instead of forklift loading, saving costs on forklifts and working a much safer and environmentally friendly loading process.
Karen Mc Bride
Tel: 0151 427 8954