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Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility

Heaven Hill Brands selects Westfalia Technologies to automate Bardstown facility

July 25, 2016 – Westfalia Technologies, Inc., a provider of logistics solutions for manufacturers and distributors since 1992, has been selected by Heaven Hill Brands to automate its Bardstown, Kentucky, facility. Using Westfalia’s automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) integrated with a layer pick system, Heaven Hill will optimize the storage and processing of full pallet and layer-picked orders of liquor products.

Founded in 1935, Heaven Hill is an independent, family-owned and operated spirits producer and marketer and the world's second-largest holder of Kentucky Bourbon. With an increased sales volume, a warehouse operating at full capacity and limited expansion options, Heaven Hill turned to Westfalia for a solution that would meet its throughput requirements, provide buffer storage for top SKUs and offer the operational efficiencies to sustain continued growth.

Westfalia designed an AS/RS that will maximize storage capacity within Heaven Hill’s existing site – the spirits producer will be able to store pallet loads nine levels high in a high-density, conventional building configuration. The rack structure will cover three aisles with more than 27,000 pallet rack positions, serviced by four tandem-pallet storage retrieval machines (S/RMs). The system will feature storage blocks of multiple storage lane depths, including two outside storage blocks that can hold six pallets deep and middle storage blocks that hold up to 10 pallets. Heaven Hill will have the flexibility to configure the middle storage blocks with varying lane depths, based upon inventory levels of each SKU.

The combination of the AS/RS and layer pick system will allow Heaven Hill to seamlessly convey pallets from palletizing to storage and to truck-staging lanes, thereby streamlining the entire order fulfillment process. Westfalia’s Warehouse Execution System (WES), Savanna.NET®, will direct all activities in the warehouse and provide real-time inventory visibility and tracking.

Heaven Hill’s automated system will go live in October 2017.

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