Fonterra is a multinational dairy company co-operatively owned by nearly 11,000 New Zealand dairy farmers supplying more than 14 billion litres per year. Fonterra produces all kinds of dairy products such as milk, yoghurt, cheese, butter and ice cream.
As part of its innovation policy Fonterra strives for continuous improvement in its processes to allow for fewer tanker movements, cost and waste saving and environmental benefits. In that respect Fonterra started two light-out pilot projects at the facilities of Te Rapa ad Pahiatua with the objective of running the plants without operating staff. Egemin's automated guided vehicle systems match this purpose perfectly. Egemin Automation developed an AGV concept to transport pallets filled with milk powder to an intermediate storage buffer.
Egemin searched and found the ideal partner though rml, home-based in Te Rapa New Zealand. rml is Egemin's local agent and integrator for Australia and New Zealand for Egemin's AGV systems. This allowed Fonterra to have a local partner that could respond very quickly to any problem.