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H.J.Heinz Manufacturing Ltd

The H.J. Heinz company is a food processing company headquartered in the United States with distribution centers worldwide, including in Wigan, England.

Industry: Food & Beverage

Location: England

Automated layer picking

Kraft Heinz wanted a significant increase in the amount of pallet layers being picked automatically without making changes in the existing product configuration


The challenge from for Heinz was to increase automation without the associated changes in product configuration. This meant:

  • Increasing the amount of automated layer picking performed at the site without associated changes in site
  • Maintaining current product configurations.

Solutions Implemented:

The Körber Layer Picker® was identified as a potential solution and proved its worth at the first product testing. Heinz implemented:

  • Layer Picker®Flex-R
  • Conveyors


Heinz was able to increase throughput without demanding product configuration changes. This meant:

  • Increasing throughput to approximately 12,000 pallets every week
  • Ensuring that 80% of products leave as full pallets
  • Picking 20% of the pallets

The Körber Layer Picker® does what it says on the tin. Working with Körber and the team behind the Layer Picker® has been very professional and has added even more confidence in the solution delivering outstanding results from the first push of the button

Stuart Alldridge,
Senior Logistics Execution Manager, H.J.Heinz Manufacturing Ltd, UK

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