Smithfield Foods Inc. and Lineage Logistics LLC opened an automated distribution center in Olathe, Kan.

Lineage designed and built the facility to enhance Smithfield’s distribution network. Spanning nearly 20 million ft3 with more than 62,000 pallet positions, the facility includes Lineage’s proprietary blast-cell technology, which it says reduces freeze time and energy use relative to traditional blast cells.

The facility includes 18 automated cranes that move inventory into, out of and within the facility. The facility also includes a large temperature-controlled layer-picking system. Layer-pickers disassemble and reassemble pallets of goods, a process previously performed manually. As a result, robotics and software automate more than 97 percent of the product movement through the facility.