Full-service warehouse provider, Preferred Freezer Services, and its system integrator Dematic Corp., a material handling and logistics automation company, has awarded a seven-figure contract to Eisenmann to construct an electrified monorail system for its facility in Richland, Washington. The cold storage warehouse will be fully-automated and the largest of its kind in North America.
In the summer of 2015 an electrified monorail system 750 meters in length will connect the receiving department with the warehouse, picking department, truck
loading bay, and railroad spur. 35 trolleys will be operating around the clock, seven days a week, moving 6,000 pallets, each weighing approximately one and a half metric tons. While traditional refrigerated warehouses rely on human-operated cranes, “this will be our sixth fully-automated cold storage facility, and we are already planning further projects,” states John J. Galiher, CEO, Preferred Freezer Services. “As refrigerated warehouses are getting larger, the conveyor systems are becoming more complex. It is very important that the facility is flexible, fast, and totally reliable. Against this background, we were looking for a proven solution. According to our research, Eisenmann systems are the best worldwide in terms of performance, reliability and quality.”
Preferred Freezer Services is investing over 100 million US dollars in the project, which is being overseen by Dematic. Preferred Freezer Services has four additional cold storage facilities on their agenda for 2015, two of which will be fully-automated.
Eisenmann is a leading global industrial solutions provider for surface finishing, material flow automation, environmental engineering and thermal process technology. The company develops and builds custom manufacturing, assembly and logistics plants that are highly flexible, energy- and resource-efficient. The family-run enterprise is headquartered in southern Germany and has been advising customers across the globe for over 60 years. Today, Eisenmann has a workforce of approximately 3,800 worldwide, with subsidiaries in Europe, the Americas and the BRIC countries. In 2013, Eisenmann generated annual revenues of 903 million euros, with total sales revenues of 774 million euros according to German commercial code.
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