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Material Handling Case Study - Cargill Animal Nutrition

Company Description

Cargill Feed & Nutrition develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of animal feeds and customized animal nutrition solutions direct to producers and through dealers in more than 25 countries. The business sells branded products in the aqua, beef, dairy, poultry, pork and pet food segments. The majority of product is sold through the Cargill®, Nutrena® and non-U.S. Purina® brands. Additional products are sold under the Loyall® pet food brand and Promote® feed additives brand.

Situation

TriFactor, Florida, Cargill, Material Handling Systems, Push Back Racking, Design Engineering, Material Handling Equipment

Cargill’s Kissimmee, Florida packaging and distribution plant, just 20 minutes south of Orlando, was experiencing space availability challenges as the company’s sales and production increased making available floor space extremely valuable.  The facility consists of two adjacent buildings, a north and south building. 

and palletizing animal feed into 50 lbs bags. Additionally, any available floor space along the perimeter of the north building was used as full pallet storage.  The singular purpose of the south building is full pallet storage.  The plant operates 24/7 with forklifts buzzing throughout the two buildings either placing pallets in open floor space storage positions or pulling full pallets for loading on an outbound truck.

The north building is used for packaging and palletizing animal feed into 50 lbs bags. Additionally, any available floor space along the perimeter of the north building was used as full pallet storage.  The singular purpose of the south building is full pallet storage.  The plant operates 24/7 with forklifts buzzing throughout the two buildings either placing pallets in open floor space storage positions or pulling full pallets for loading on an outbound truck.

Assessment

In addition to the challenges of finding available floor space to store full pallets, Cargill’s warehouse operators were losing efficiencies having to move floor stacked pallets around the warehouse in order to find and pull the proper pallets for order fulfillment. At the same time, since the pallets could not be stacked more than two high, there was an obvious lack of available cubic space being utilized.

Solution

Since the plant produced a relatively low number of SKUs and there was plenty of wall space in both the north and south buildings, TriFactor and Cargill teamed up to design a pushback racking storage solution for both buildings that could accommodate the heavy loads that the pallets of 50 lbs bags requires.  This strategy freed up the prime forklift travel aisles as well as effectively utilized the available cubic space for product storage. Not only did Cargill effectively increase their full pallet storage capability by over 300 positions, but it also allowed the operators to fulfill orders much quicker and more efficient.

TriFactor, Florida, Cargill, Material Handling Systems, Push Back Racking, Design Engineering, Material Handling Equipment
TriFactor, Florida, Cargill, Material Handling Systems, Push Back Racking, Design Engineering, Material Handling Equipment

Result

The project provided Cargill with a higher density storage capability and better work flow.  It was completed on time and allowed Cargill to receive operational and financial benefit of the new storage system immediately.

System Summary

Customer:
Cargill Animal Nutrition

 

 

TriFactor Provided:
Design Engineering
Material Handling Equipment
Mechanical Installation
 

 

Size:
25,000 Square Feet

 

 

Facility Type:
Manufacturing & Distribution

 

 

Products Handled:
Animal Food

 

 

Markets Served:
Central Florida 

 

Products Utilized:
Push Back Racking