The raw materials can be divided into major, medium, small, micro and manual components. Major components arrive in tanker trucks and are stored in large storage silos. The filling happens pneumatically; all raw materials go through a sieve and magnet to filter out any impurities.
Medium, small and micro components are stored in day bins of various sizes. Fully automated Forklifts, pallet conveyors and pallet lifts transport the pallets and Big bags from the high bay storage unit to the different stories of the storage silos.
The contents of Big bags, bags and containers (premix) are filled into the day bins. Mobile bag, Big bag and container discharge stations dock onto to the respective day silos. Once again, the raw material is control screened to prevent impurities. The mobile stations offer easy clean functions to avoid cross-contamination with minimal effort and maintenance downtime. Since the various raw ingredients have to meet different quality requirements, the sieves can easily exchanged within a few seconds.
Manual components, which are only required in very small doses, are filled in boxes in a separate commissioning station. These boxes are stored in a shelf system.
According to the recipe at hand, weighing units dose all automatic components, setting them aside for pick-up. Manual components are commissioned into boxes (Pick to light system) and/or are transported as batch bags to the manual intake station.
Container transport system DCS
The laser controlled, driverless container system collects the dosed raw materials from the weighing unit and the manual intake station and transport them to the container lift. With the help of the container lift and roller conveyor, containers are positioned above the mixer and emptied automatically.
On the different levels of the production facility, laser controlled, automated guided vehicles (AGV) harmonize perfectly with the fully automated Daxner container handling system DSC to collect the valuable raw materials. Hand pallet trucks maneuver the containers on the different floor levels. To transport containers from one level to the next, a container/pallet lift was implemented.