Why does an automatic storage system offerso many advantages? In this regard, innovation is a key factor both for the management system and for the technology applied to the picking and putting operations.
The main picking and putting solutions for automated storage systems
Different systems that use specific machines for picking and putting operations are available on the market. From stacker cranes with forks to multi-level shuttles, each solution is more or less suitable for a specific sector, depending for example on the type of unit loads, on cycle requirements and storage needs.
This system ensures effective cycle management but has low storage capacity.
Compared to the previous one, this system doubles storage capacity, but is less efficient in managing cycles. Here it is important to have channels (in this case 2 elements) which store material with the same code and production lot.
This solution favors storage capacity over picking and putting speed. It is most important to have channels with homogeneous material by code and lot.
These machines serve multiple parallel (and non-parallel) aisles; fork and shuttle systems operating on any type of shelving can be mounted.
Multi-level shuttles are the way to speed up the picking and putting of goods, always on storage systems with multi-depth shelving.
Cutting edge technology for speeding up cycles in a multi-depth storage system: the shuttle is no longer tied to the shuttle on the ground by the power cable, but is battery powered, so that two or more shuttles can be managed minimizing travel times along multi-depth channels.
Efficiency, safety and quality control are guaranteed by the warehouse management system (WMS). Thanks to the high level of automation and the control achieved by means of dedicated software, just a few operators per shift can fulfill all the required tasks. In particular, the activities that are directly managed by the software include: