Entremont - Alstef Group

Entremont continues to automate its logistics with Alstef Group

Alstef Group at Entremont

  • Location: Montauban-de-Bretagne (FR, 35)
  • Supply: AGV fleet
  • Industry: Agri-Food
AGVs transporting cheese wheels for Entremont - Alstef Group

Entremont, leader in pressed cheeses, renews its confidence in Alstef Group for the complete retrofit of its AGV (Automated Guided Vehicles) fleet at its site in Montauban-de-Bretagne, France.

With a building surface area of 35,000 m² and 300 employees, the Entremont plant in Montauban-de-Bretagne manufactures, matures and packages over 50,000 tons of cheese per year, notably under the Entremont and Meule d’Or brands. In 2007, Entremont took the decisive step of automating its plant with the integration of Alstef Group’s AGV technology. The collaboration continued in 2010 and 2012 with the addition of two further AGVs. Entremont is now renewing its trust in Alstef Group with an ambitious project to replace the entire AGV system.

These GF12 AGVs perform crucial functions: transferring stainless steel bins between the wheels of cheese cutting lines and the grated cheese production and packaging lines. With their remarkable capacity, these counterbalanced forklifts are able to lift the bins to a height of six meters above the grating hoppers, before skillfully turning them upside down and emptying them.

Entremont launched the project by replacing two of the existing AGVs with state-of-the-art GF 12.5, a key step in increasing the production line’s operational efficiency. Simultaneously, an IT gateway was deployed, facilitating seamless cohabitation between the new AGVs and the existing fleet, ensuring a smooth transition.

The second phase of the project will mark a major turning point with the replacement of the four remaining vehicles by three new-generation GF 12.5s in 2025, bringing the total fleet to five AGVs. This essential step will be accompanied by the complete overhaul of the supervision system, guaranteeing advanced, optimized management of bin transfer operations between the various grated cheese production and packaging lines.

The successful collaboration between Alstef Group and Entremont over the past 14 years reaches a new peak thanks to this complete modernization with the commissioning of the first phase in April 2024.