Pesmel and Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, have signed an agreement on the delivery of a pulp storage facility for the bioproduct mill to be constructed in Äänekoski, Finland. The storage facility will be implemented using the new TransBale distribution center concept, and it will be fully operational in the 3Q 2017, as the company said in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
In the concept to be delivered, the entire output of the mill, 1.3 million tonnes, will be taken to the distribution center, which will buffer, sort and distribute the pulp bale units to different transports. The delivery will be the first of its kind in the world.
The TransBale concept has been developed in cooperation with Metsä Fibre for a year and a half. The core of this automated distribution center is high-bay storage with two stacker cranes that operate like automatic robots. The system buffers and sorts pulp bale units by product type and customer orders, and controls all dispatch operations. The distribution center acts as a center stage of the logistics chain, which includes three main distribution channels.
Approximately 800,000 tonnes of pulp is transported as export units by train to Vuosaari Harbour, 400,000 tonnes by train and trucks directly to customers, and the remaining 100,000 tonnes are refined in different units in the mill area.
The total capacity of the distribution center is 25,000 tonnes in an area of 3,000 square meters.
In addition to the equipment, the delivery includes an extensive Warehouse Management System (WMS), which takes care of the distribution center's inventory management.
Pesmel is a leading international expert in materials handling, offering fully automated handling, packing and storage systems.