The single-floor facility stands 70 ft. high and features an automatic storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). Two 18,000-lb. cranes, running on rails imbedded into the concrete slab floor, receive, store and retrieve finished product. The cranes move continuously 16 hours a day over the entire 76-ft. by 250-ft. building.
Food Engineering, Inc., a consulting/engineering firm specializing in food and dairy, designed the DC. Because of the harsh environment, proper flooring systems were a critical concern in three areas:
"It's a heavy system, and very demanding on the floor," said Allan Gailbraith, Hershey Creamery project manager. "We evaluated numerous insulation products. Only Foamglas insulation met all of our concerns."
Foamglas cellular glass insulation is an all-glass, totally closed-cell material that will not absorb water in liquid or vapor forms. Its low expansion/ contraction coefficient, minimizes stress on the flooring system and maintains stability and compressive strength under a variety of temperature, humidity and load conditions. Together, these performance characteristics permit simpler design for load-bearing systems and contribute to system safety and performance.
Pittsburgh Corning Corp., 800 Presque Isle Dr., Pittsburgh, PA 15239. Tel.: (724) 327-6100
Food Engineering Inc., 2507 Old Gettysburg Rd., Camp Hill, PA 17011. Tel.: (717) 761-3731