Swisslog, a provider of best-in-class intralogistics warehouse automation and software, has announced that Walmart will install a Swisslog automation solution within its planned Valdosta, Ga., facility to enable seamless material flow and increase uptime. Walmart is planning to break ground on the milk processing facility later this year and the project is scheduled to be completed in 2025.
According to Walmart, the automated storage and retrieval solution (AS/RS) will bolster the company’s capacity to meet consumer demand for milk. This is Walmart’s second milk processing facility. The company worked with Swisslog to open its first milk processing facility in Fort Wayne, Ind., in 2018.
Designed by Swisslog’s automation experts, the AS/RS brings together five Vectura pallet stacker cranes with KUKA palletizing and de-palletizing robots, a ProMove pallet conveyor system, as well as a conveyor system for small loads. The automation solution will be managed by Swisslog’s SynQ software, which provides warehouse management, material flow and automation control system functionality in a single, modular platform.
Sean Wallingford, president, and CEO of Swisslog Americas:
“We are excited to partner with Walmart once again to open its second milk processing facility. From the initial discussion through design completion, it has been a very hands-on, collaborative and proactive approach. Our automation experts worked closely with Walmart’s group to incorporate lessons learned and best practices from the first processing facility, as well as improvement concepts designed to enable Walmart and its farmers to bring fresh, transparently sourced dairy to market.”
The project also includes Swisslog’s IT Managed Services, which puts in place experts to proactively manage the IT systems and software required to keep the equipment running at peak performance, Swisslog noted. The higher-level 24/7 support allows Walmart to free up internal resources from routine IT system administration, while also enabling data-driven proactive maintenance that helps reduce unplanned downtime, Swisslog added.