02 October 2018
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Newcold Tacoma, USA

Largest Cold Storage

NewCold, the deep-frozen storage and logistics specialist based in The Netherlands, has opened its first fully mechanized facility in the US in Tacoma, Washington, 35 miles south of Seattle. Davanti’s cloud warehouse management systeem CORAX manages the logistics processes in this state-of-the-art cold storage.

The facility is one of the largest in the US with a storage capacity of over 25 million cubic feet, comparable to the volume of Seahawks CenturyLink Field. The innovative cold storage, with approximately 100,000 pallet locations, has been built to suit the needs of Trident Seafoods, the primary tenant. Trident, one of the world’s largest seafood companies, is vertically integrated, harvesting, processing and marketing seafood from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

Automation

The cold storage uses leading-edge technology including automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) to automatically move and store products in the ‘dark’ high-bay warehouse. Operators direct equipment using advanced software systems, while products are kept in optimal conditions with all cold storage areas cooled to sub-zero temperatures. Newcold’s advanced cold chain solution ensures that processes are sustainable, traceable, fully integrated with the processes of NewCold’s customers, and always at the very forefront of technological developments. It offers a high and consistent logistic service level, and above all, offers a more energy-efficient and better food safety alternative to more conventional cold storage solutions.

Warehouse Management

The logistics processes, using high-tech mechanical automation, are controlled by the cloud-based and SaaS warehouse management system CORAX. NewCold has chosen CORAX wms because of the scalability, friendly user interface and simple linking options. CORAX grows along with the operation of the customer, it is easy to learn from new users and is based on the latest technologies from Microsoft. In addition, many reports can be generated with CORAX, with the integrated Power BI tool, which provides in-depth insight into the operation. Ms. Hasret Celik, Sales Director of Davanti, says: “We are proud to contribute with our wms to the optimization of food storage in the USA. It is a pleasure to do this together with NewCold and its client Trident Seafoods. ”

Along with the leading-edge technologies used in addition to the automated pallet retrieval systems, the building itself is leading edge in that different from conventional construction, this building is supported by the structure of the product storage racks themselves. The low-oxygen environment reduces the risk of fire typically associated with the very dry environments found in a cold storage. This reduction in fire risk in turn allows for a higher volume of product to be stored on a footprint and is designed to require half the energy consumed by conventional cold stores to keep the products optimally frozen.

Recently, NewCold broke ground in Burley, Idaho, to develop another facility for storage of frozen food, teaming again with Fisher, the construction partner in Tacoma. Like the Tacoma facility, the Idaho cold storage will be highly automated, around 130 feet high and have a storage capacity of 90,000 pallet locations. The facility is expected to begin full operation in the first half of 2019.