Automatic storage systems
Automatic storage systems: technology makes the difference
In automated storage systems the management software and the picking and putting systems make the difference. The main systems and the sectors in which they are most efficient.

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.


Stacker crane with telescopic forks for single depth shelving

This system ensures effective cycle management but has low storage capacity.

Stacker crane with telescopic forks for double depth shelving

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.

Stacker crane with telescopic forks for double depth shelving
Stacker crane with shuttle for multi-depth shelving

Stacker crane with shuttle for multi-depth shelving

This solution favors storage capacity over picking and putting speed. It is most important to have channels with homogeneous material by code and lot.

Steering stacker cranes

These machines serve multiple parallel (and non-parallel) aisles; fork and shuttle systems operating on any type of shelving can be mounted.

Steering stacker cranes

Multi-level shuttles

Multi-level shuttles are the way to speed up the picking and putting of goods, always on storage systems with multi-depth shelving.

Multi-level multi-shuttles

Multi-level multi-shuttles

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.

The warehouse management system (WMS)

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:

  • Interface with the enterprise resource planning system (ERP)
  • Entry of the goods and check of their shape and weight
  • Identification of the goods by reading the bar code label that associates the material to the various customers
  • Automated storage of goods on the shelf according to the logics provided by the rotation classes (ABC) of the type of goods
  • Management of the storage system map
  • Management of quarantined or curing materials
  • Specific picking of a specific pallet or of a pallet containing a specific reference selected according to the FIFO, LIFO, Lot, etc. methods
  • Partial picking of the product from a single UL and management/storage of the residual quantity
  • Management of the minimum stock by linking it, through an interface to the company ERP, to the production programs and to the production or product repurchasing lead times
  • Management of material picking for quality inspections
  • Timely and immediate inventory management
  • Issue of all required reports
The warehouse management system (WMS)

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