Collaboration on a new mozzarella line
BILA designs a solution with 4 robot cells and a new solution with pressureless accumulation, developed in close collaboration with Arla Branderup to meet the dairy's restructuring needs. Mozzarella is a growing product globally, and Arla struggled to keep up with demand. Therefore, they wanted to increase mozzarella capacity by reconfiguring the Branderup dairy, where yellow cheese was previously produced. Hence, they needed an entirely new line for a new product. Arla produces mozzarella in its dairy in Roedkaersbro with a BILA solution, allowing many details from this project to be reused.
"We needed to expand the capacity for mozzarella. It was essential for us to have a future-proof solution with development potential, as we have plenty of room to grow in Branderup,"
Michael Schlosser Johansen, Logistics Manager
BILA designs mozzarella solution
Arla chose BILA as the supplier for the Branderup solution. The solution includes 4 robots, of which 2 are reused from the dairy's previous production, and 2 are new Kawasaki robots from BILA. The systems handle mozzarella cheese in the packaging and palletising phases. The first robot handles loading in deep draw with subsequent vacuum packaging in foil and weight checking. Mozzarella fillets are vacuum-packed in sets of 4, after which the packages are moved on a conveyor belt with pressureless accumulation. The pressureless accumulation is a BILA invention that ensures the cheeses do not sustain pressure damage.
The second robot palletises the cheese packages in plastic crates before the pallets are picked up by the dairy's forklift drivers, who transport the cheese for a 5-day refrigeration. After cooling, the third robot reorganises the mozzarella. The cheese is depalletised and placed on a new conveyor belt, where each package undergoes another weight check. The last step is handled by the fourth robot, which palletises the packages directly onto pallets before the pallets are finally wrapped, and the mozzarella is ready for further distribution.