Andover based SSI Schaefer have completed a year-long project to design, manufacture and install automated pallet handling and storage systems at the Spalding-based facility of T F Bowman & Son.
Bowmans store meat, food products, fruit and flowers in ambient, chilled, blast-frozen, frozen and tempered conditions and recognised a need for improved service, responsiveness and availability seven days a week.
SSI Schaefer worked with Bowmans on designing facilities that would maximise storage capacity as well as providing safe freezer access. This led the company to invest in the first tempering and blast freezing facility in the country to be equipped with SSI Schaefer’s Orbiter pallet shuttle system.
With this system, the pallets are automatically put away and retrieved which makes human access to the chamber unnecessary.
Managing Partner Peter Bowman explained: “Thanks to SSI Schaefer we are now able to cater for long or short term frozen storage, as well as providing automated tempering facilities. This added to our existing services of temperature controlled storage, order collation and independent QA inspection of fresh produce.”
He added “We pride ourselves on delivering a personal, efficient service and customer satisfaction is paramount to what we strive to achieve at all times.”
Bowmans now has 29 temperature-controlled stores, plus three freezer stores that are accessed via 46 covered loading bays. They also have three ambient areas and all of their stores are constantly monitored and alarmed 24 hours a day should there be any deviation outside set temperature parameters.
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