Welcoming change

The world is changing. Sometimes changes are abrupt, other times, changes develop slowly over time. One thing is for sure – changes always bring with them new challenges. Some of the challenges we are currently facing include the limited predictability of business developments as well as high demands for performance and quality. It’s challenges such as these that drive us forward in finding new solutions and developing existing solutions to provide you with a decisive competitive advantage. After careful development, building on over 15 years’ experience, market expertise and innovation, we are proud to present the new generation of shuttle systems – the OSR Shuttle™ Evo.

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Pioneer in shuttle technology

In the early 2000s we changed the world of logistics forever with our shuttle technologies. We have now made our state-of-the art technology even better by tailoring it to both current and future demands in logistics. When we designed the OSR Shuttle™ our aim was to change your world. Now, true to our philosophy making complexity simple, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo brings new simplicity to the increasingly complex world of logistics. We are redefining flexibility, efficiency, profitability, system interconnection, processes and service. Limitations are a thing of the past. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo has landed.

What’s new?

Higher, faster, better, more flexible and economical – the OSR Shuttle™ Evo combines the best of all earlier shuttles in an innovative system approach.

  • Scalable investment: The system adapts to changing requirements and business models
  • Optimal use of space thanks to a flexible rack system and a streamlined system design
  • On-demand performance: Scalable number of shuttles and lifts; applications with shuttles that move lengthwise and crosswise
  • Flexible access to all articles in the system from any work station
  • Complete integration in the KNAPP system world

Whether it be medicine, shirts, perfume, eggs, drive shafts, bulk material or even teddy bears – you can store whatever you want, however you want. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo provides space for a wide range of articles and offers diverse storage possibilities. Containers, trays and cartons with different outer dimensions and heights can be stored in the OSR Shuttle™ Evo without a problem. The options of single or multi-deep storage and direct cartons storage are particularly space-saving and efficient.

The OSR Shuttle™ Evo has been developed in line with our all-in shuttle philosophy. As a result, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo can effortlessly link critical processes. These include:

  • Storage
  • Picking
  • Buffering
  • Replenishment
  • Supply
  • Sequencing

Its unique design enables it to put goods into precise sequences as soon as they leave the rack. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo supplies work stations and dispatch areas with goods just in time. This boosts efficiency while simultaneously reducing the amount of work.

What’s more, stock and overstock can also be stored in a way that saves on both cost and space. Where necessary, shuttles can change between rack line systems and retrieve goods from the overstock area.

Thanks to the scalable system design and its complete integration in the KNAPP software, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo can be tailored even more precisely to both current and future demands. The system approach of the OSR Shuttle™ Evo can integrate both planned and unplanned developments in your business with unprecedented ease. As a result, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo opens up new dimensions in profitability and investment security.

On top of this, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo boasts an innovative design that won’t fail to impress. The sleek design optimizes the weight of the shuttles. Individually adaptable LED strips with over 16 million different colours give the shuttles a futuristic feel while also serving as a status indicator. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo is designed for durability and low maintenance, which can be seen in the top-quality and robust components of the shuttles.

Strong as a team

The OSR Shuttle™ Evo is only as good as its integration in the overall solution. It can only achieve its optimal performance level and unfold its economic added value if the system works in complete harmony with the overall logistical solution. Below we will show you some of the perfect matches for the OSR Shuttle™ Evo from the KNAPP system world.

KNAPP Sketch Open Shuttle

The OSR Shuttle™ Evo combined with the autonomous vehicles, the Open Shuttles, becomes the intelligent and flexible system solution, the OSR Shuttle™ Evo+. The solution brings together the advantages of a high-performance shuttle system and the agility of an autonomous transport system. Goods, raw materials, overstock, buffered orders – everything is stored centrally in the OSR Shuttle™ Evo. The Open Shuttles supply different work stations in diverse warehouse areas directly from the OSR Shuttle™ Evo just-in-time. In addition to the traditional supply of work stations, work stations for quality assurance, value-added services and other special processes can also be integrated and automated. The system approach of the OSR Shuttle™ Evo+ allows systems and processes to be interconnected like never before and frees up new ways to organize transport routes.

With the OSR Shuttle™ Evo+, we are forging new paths for your success.

Advantages of the OSR Shuttle™ Evo+

  • Stock and overstock are stored centrally in the OSR Shuttle™ Evo
  • The OSR Shuttle™ Evo buffers and sequences goods and orders
  • Work stations (including temporary work stations) are structured and positioned flexibly
  • Shuttle system flexibly interconnected with all of the work stations
  • Height-adjustable Open Shuttles ensure the work stations are connected in an ergonomic way
  • Further processes such as value-added services and quality checks can be integrated
  • Independent and separate goods flows thanks to the flexible Open Shuttles
  • Special processes and goods that would otherwise be costly to automate are integrated
  • High-value and sensitive goods are transported securely
  • Streamlined system design: Using Open Shuttles frees up spaces meaning fewer static conveyor systems are needed
  • Inexpensive and easy to scale compared to static conveyor technology
  • Freely scalable performance: Any number of Open Shuttles can be used in line with workload

Goods-to-person work stations from the Pick-it-Easy series and the OSR Shuttle™ Evo fit together seamlessly. The OSR Shuttle™ Evo supplies the Pick-it-Easy work stations with goods via a streamlined pre-zone connection. Each work station has access to every article in the system, achieving maximum flexibility, availability and ideal distribution of the workload. There are a number of different variations of the work stations in the Pick-it-Easy series to suit different applications. The Pick-it-Easy Evo work station completes the work station portfolio.

Find out more about Pick-it-Easy.

Pick-it-Easy Robot

The fully-automatic picking solution Pick-it-Easy Robot is an innovative addition to the mix of technologies based around the OSR Shuttle™ Evo. In particular, the Pick-it-Easy Robot is perfect for applications that demand consistently high performance and quality over a longer period of time. What’s more, the Pick-it-Easy Robot automates monotone and repetitive tasks such as transferring individual goods to pockets. This reduces the strain on personnel, freeing up resources for other tasks that generate value.

Find out more about Pick-it-Easy Robot.

Video: Pick-it-Easy Robot



Open Shuttles

Open Shuttles are flexible autonomous transport vehicles that are opening up entirely new possibilities in the structuring of processes. They also connect spatially separated working areas and allow the layout to be adapted at any time. This makes them a flexible alternative to a classic transport system.

Find out more about Open Shuttles.

Video: Solution with Open Shuttles at Würth Künzelsau

The OSR Shuttle™ Evo is fully integrated in the KNAPP software world and unfolds its full potential in interaction with KiSoft or SAP® EWM by KNAPP. KiSoft SCADA provides a full visualization of the system as well as an overview of the status of all components within the system. KiSoft SCADA also facilitates optimized, preventive maintenance and swift incident rectification.

Find out more about KiSoft.

The Evonauts

While you are reading this page, the first new OSR Shuttle™ Evo systems are already being installed and put into operation. It’s always exciting when a new technology is launched into live operation. Here we’re thrilled to present you with our Evonauts, together with their expectations and experiences.

OSR Shuttle Evo Kramp

The international Kramp Groep corporation with headquarters in Varsseveld, the Netherlands, was founded in 1951 as a one-man operation. Today, Kramp is Europe’s largest specialist in spare parts and accessories for the agricultural industry and delivers to 26 countries. The company continues to be on a strong course for growth. In keeping with their slogan “It’s that easy”, smooth logistics and great customer service are the cornerstones of the success of Kramp. For several years, Kramp has been relying on the intelligent automation solutions by KNAPP for its logistics in Denmark. In order to support further growth and to further optimize the service for its customers, Kramp selected a new automation solution that utilizes the brand-new OSR Shuttle™ Evo for the distribution centre at the company headquarters in Varsseveld.

Key project data

  • Kramp: Specialist for agricultural technical supplies
  • Headquarters: Varsseveld, Netherlands
  • Distribution network: Deliveries in 26 European countries
  • Mission: It’s that easy. Make is easy for our customers to run their business.
  • Challenge: Greater demand for storage capacity; more than 500,000 articles available high order numbers; fast delivery times
  • Solution: OSR Shuttle™ Evo for fast, medium and slow moving articles as well as overstock. One-touch picking using the goods-to-person principle at 8 Pick-it-Easy work stations. KiSoft software solution. Step-by-step expansion – 9,600 order lines per hour by project completion.
At the end of 2017, the first shuttles of the new OSR Shuttle™ Evo began their journey to their new workplace at agricultural technology experts Kramp in Varsseveld, the Netherlands.
At the end of 2017, the first shuttles of the new OSR Shuttle™ Evo began their journey to their new workplace at agricultural technology experts Kramp in Varsseveld, the Netherlands

Press release: Agricultural technology expert Kramp signs contract

Storage capacity and increasing orders with very short delivery time are among the challenges that Kramp is facing currently. Jan Frans Berends, Logistics Director at Kramp Netherlands explains why Kramp decided on the OSR Shuttle™ Evo and what advantages he expects from the new solution.

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Georg Schukat talking with World of Solutions
Georg Schukat talking with World of Solutions

Why did you choose the OSR Shuttle™ Evo?

It’s quite a challenge planning for the next 15 years in advance. We simply just don’t know what the business will look like in 15 years’ time. This is why it was necessary to have a flexible overall solution, regardless of the system, which would enable us to continue our business in 15 years, whatever it looks like. This call for flexibility is what led us to choose the OSR Shuttle™ Evo.

Speaking of your business – what would you say characterizes it?

On the one hand, we have a small volume of daily business, which demands that we deliver very quickly from the warehouse. On the other hand, we have a highly focussed project business. These are large volume standard orders where it’s all about getting the right goods, tied up in an individual package for the customer, delivered on a fixed date. Although the trend is moving towards the higher value projects, we must be able to do both things. We don’t want to lose our bulk business by focussing on the project business, because there are a great deal of customers with potential for development. Were I to only work with our best customers, neglecting the up-and-comers, I would pass up valuable potential for the future. That’s why it’s so important to cover both segments.

Which advantages do you expect from the new system?

Statistics have shown that our pickers walk an average of 8–10 kilometres per shift. For us to develop further without automation, we would have to ask our employees to walk 15–20 kilometres, which is simply impossible. We also need more capacity and we are aiming to triple it. For this we need to create more space. The OSR Shuttle Evo must be flexible enough to continually adapt to changing demands.


Read the whole interview in the 3/2017 issue of our World of Solutions magazine.

Jan Frans Berends, Kramp Groep

Jan Frans Berends

Logistics Director, Kramp Groep

The level of service is increased by using the OSR Shuttle™ Evo: We can expand our article range and also increase the availability, because we can always draw on the bulk in the system. The system is also very fast, so we can extend the period in which our customers can make orders.

Georg Schukat, Schukat Electronic

Georg Schukat

owner of Schukat electronic

I’m proud that I still enjoy striking out in new directions. Working with KNAPP is particularly interesting because there are so many possibilities. They also recognize that their customers have ideas and needs too, and that we can build upon these to move head into the future.