To increase stability and efficiency, DS Smith has replaced people-operated forklifts at one of its UK plants with autonomous vehicles AGVs. All electrical appliances manufactured by Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy perform various functions around the warehouse 24 hours a day.
The average lifespan of a robot is 12 years, during which time it can safely carry scrolls of paper at speeds of up to 8 kilometers per hour. It runs on zero emissions at the site, and when the battery level drops to 30 percent, it completes the current task and then goes to the automatic battery replacement station, where it can receive optimally charged power and start its next ten-hour shift. .
Ben Jennings, Plant Manager of the Kemsley Paper Mill – DS Smith said: “The recent boom in e-commerce has increased the demand for paper and packaging. About 2,200 to 2,400 tonnes of paper are being discharged from the Kemsley plant every day, so it is important that our team of experts be armed with the right innovations to benefit these people, our customers and the environment.
“The growing demand for sustainable, secure and efficient solutions in the paper and packaging segment has also led to increased interest in our portfolio.” Petri Petays, Director of Sales at Mitsubishi Logisnext Europe Oy added. “We have 40 years of experience in various industries and our expertise helps companies grow. Thanks to the dedicated and talented staff of the Kemsley Plant Group, we assist in their process with the modern solution. As a result of our cooperation, we were able to implement one of the most efficient organizations in times of such challenges.
In July of this year, DS Smith announced a partnership with global technology company Trimb. This collaboration will facilitate the digitalization of the European packaging company’s European plants.
Nemathi Bodont, Print & Backtech
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