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Sidel brings a complete end-of-line solution to Intermarché plant

The challenge

Moulin de la Chaume is one of the four industrial bakeries of Agromousquetaires, an integrated production division of the Intermarché Group. The site supplies frozen unbaked bread and frozen pre-baked bread predominantly to the group's outlets. Devastated by a fire, the plant needed to be entirely rebuilt and re-equipped: the challenge was to handle more than 30 different types of white and speciality breads, packaged in six different cardboard case formats and 30 pallets coming off the lines each hour, directed to one of 3,000 slots in the refrigeration chamber.

The solution

Four robotic palletising cells were installed in parallel, along with a range of equipment to provide additional functionality: stretch-wrapping, labelling, case and pallet conveying. Two automated guided vehicles (AGVs) ensure effective management of empty and full pallets, as well as the supply of consumables on the lines. Featuring several different technologies and components, the installed solution is characterised by high operational intelligence and smooth integration into the production flow, contributing to the efficiency of the four lines, as well as improving operator safety and batch traceability. Its supervision system covers manufacturing order management and provides full traceability of the pallets and cases: as it is fully connected with the customer’s ERP, the information printed on the labels is detected and sent to the Moulin de la Chaume product information system. This is all done from a single interface terminal, enabling all operations to be handled from one central point. 

The outcome

Sidel was chosen for its ability to provide, in a challenging timeframe, a complete end-of-line solution, managed via a centralised supervision system connected with the site's enterprise resource planning (ERP). The system allows pallet patterns to be automatically optimised based on the features of references which are recorded and stored in the ERP. It will also enable ramp-up of future production capacity from the customer’s side, including the option to integrate a fifth production line.

""Beyond its know-how in equipment and systems, Sidel has demonstrated with this project that it has great expertise in automation and industrial IT, to connect end-of-line components with each other and to our production system.”"

Nathalie Rauch

Operation Manager at Moulin De La Chaume

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