Intralogistics solution at Nõo Lihatööstus AS

March 20, 2018

In 2016 and 2017, Apeco Group OÜ, while acting as the main contractor, supplied in stages to Nõo Lihatööstus AS a crate conveyor system, the objective of which is to transport the crates used in production to all of the production units, while also taking into account the needs of each unit. Over the course of the project, over 300 meters of various conveyor lines with the necessary control automation devices were installed.

The whole conveyor system is completely automated. The transportation of crates starts at the crate washing facility, where the operator places the needed crates into to the pallet washer. For this purpose, he or she has screens that display important information regarding the need for crates.

An innovative crate distribution system transports the crates precisely there, where they are needed the most, while also using the shortest distances possible, which ensures the operationality of the crate supply. At the production units, the crates are stored on lines, which act as buffers, and the buffers monitor the respective unit’s need for crates, which is used for controlling the whole system.

This is one of the most extensive internal conveyor logistics projects in the Estonian meat industry. The system can service up to 1,500 crates an hour, which ensures the efficient servicing of larger orders in production. According to the development manager of Nõo Lihatööstuse AS, Toomas Jürimäe, the first stage of the crate conveyor project has been finished, and it has proved its worth in practice. A very important aspect in the operation of the conveyors is the automatic measurement of the need for crates, and the forwarding of the ordering information to the crate washing facility on the basis of that. At the same time, the crate washing operators can perform their tasks seamlessly – the crates that are not currently needed in production are moved to intermediate storage.

AS Nõo Lihatööstus, with its Lihavürst trademark, has been a well-known company in Estonia for already 25 years, and it provides employment to 180 employees. In May 1992, the production of sausages for Estonians started at a small factory at Nõo, and now the company’s goods are widely available in stores in Latvia and Lithuania. One of the developmental objectives of the company is to be technologically innovative, and to thereby achieve a high technological level.