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John Dee partners with Dematic to scale up QLD meat processing facility

Australian meat processor John Dee is installing Dematic’s automation solution at its Queensland abattoir in Warwick to meet growing beef export demand.

Dematic’s Multishuttle Meat Buffer Storage and Handling System will help optimise facility operations and provide better workplace safety.

John Hart, Owner of John Dee, Warwick, says the software solution is purpose-designed to help Australia’s oldest single-family owned meat processor scale up and increase beef export market share.

“Our recent expansion of our Warwick facility is the largest single investment in the company’s 80-year history and supports our business growth and competitiveness during a time when beef exports are rising significantly,” says John.

Meat processors around the world have successfully deployed Dematic’s Multishuttle Automated Storage and Retrieval System in refrigerated environments.

The system allows multiple aisles of chilled and frozen environments with the flexibility to handle any temperature changed required by different markets.

John Dee’s project partner Wiley helped facilitate the deal, and CEO Rob Barron says the Demantic Multishuttle solution will help with exporting products from frozen and chilled storage for export markets such as China, Vietnam and Southeast Asia.

“In selecting Dematic for this project, we were able to ensure that we were working with a system that was able to adapt and cater for the future growth of John Dee, with the ability to increase productivity to match significant surges in demand, whilst also providing improved worker safety,” says Rob.

The four-aisle, 30 level solution automatically stores cartons coming out of production and sequences for manual and automated palletisation and direct container loading.

Business Development Manager at Dematic, Soren Shauki, says the system greatly improves order precision within an increasingly complex supply chain.

“Our advanced Multishuttle system provides a high performance, accurate, safe and cost-effective automated order fulfilment and despatch processing solution for Australia’s meat industry,” says Soren.

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