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Asia Pacific: Dematic launches Meat Buffer storage in Australia


Dematic has launched a new Meat Buffer storage and handling solution for Australia’s meat processing industry.

While traditional meat shipping processes involve manual handling, increasing the potential for error and product damage, the company’s Meat Buffer is a high performance, accurate, safe and cost-effective automated order fulfillment and dispatch processing solution.

Based on its Multishuttle Automated Storage and Retrieval System, the Meat Buffer solution limits labor intensive manual handling, as well as offering unlimited order assembly flexibility.

The solution can pick multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) concurrently within an aisle, increasing system throughput and improving access to stock required for orders.

“Australia is the world’s largest exporter of red meat and livestock. In 2014 the country produced a record figure of more than 2.5 million cwt of beef and exported to more than 100 countries,” said David Rubie, manager of food & beverage, citing numbers from Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.

“While many Australian meat processors have invested in automating the processing of meat, a high number of distribution and dispatch processes remain highly labor-intensive and inefficient.”

“Dematic’s Meat Buffer solution enables local meat processors to get their products ready for export markets in the right condition and at the right time.”

Utilizing Dematic’s iQ performance optimizing software, the Meat Buffer solution provides full track and trace capabilities for every single carton of every SKU.

The solution eliminates a large number of potential occupational health and safety hazards associated with the manual handling of heavy cartons weighing up to 27kg, and errors associated with incorrect picking.

It can be designed to fit within virtually any space and can be easily scaled up with the addition of extra aisles or by increasing the height or length of the system.

This provides future flexibility and reducing initial investment, and building/leasing costs.

The solution comes pre-configured and requires little customization, which reduces costs and means installation, start-up and return on investment is rapid.