Open Shuttle Store: a Robotic Warehouse for Rapid Growth
When faced with unpredictable and strong growth, rethinking your internal logistics just makes good sense. These days, more companies than ever are turning to automation to move their goods and raw materials efficiently in and out of storage and to manage their growing order volumes. When selecting a storage system, certain aspects must be taken into account.
- Requirements for storage capacity and performance change frequently.
- The system must be able to make the most of the existing infrastructure.
- The automation solution must be rapidly implemented.
Our new robotic warehouse, the Open Shuttle Store, has the answer to these challenges. The system can be scaled up easily, rapidly implemented, and adapts ideally to your existing buildings and processes.
Easy, scalable robotic warehouse using AGV technology
The Open Shuttle Store features standardized construction and modular components and uses autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), which makes it highly adaptable. Adaptations are readily made to fit the available floorspace, the desired storage capacity and required performance. The modular system design also shortens its delivery and installation times.
The Open Shuttle Store comprises standard elements that can be rapidly adapted to your individual needs. These modules include AMRs, rack modules and transfer points, which we call the Store Bots, the Store Units and the Exchange Stations respectively.
Store Bot – the autonomous mobile robot
The Store Bot is an autonomous mobile robot (AMR) that moves through the storage system and stores and retrieves containers. The Store Bot runs on a battery and charges itself during its downtime. The load-handling device on the Store Bot can handle two containers at a time. The integrated lifter on the Store Bot means it can reach all rack levels.
Store Unit – the rack module
The Store Unit is the rack module of the Open Shuttle Store. Store Units can be separately arranged next to each other or integrated into existing structures depending on the situation on site. Containers measuring 600 x 400 mm (24″ x 16″) and with a maximum weight of 35 kg (77 lb) are stored double-deep in the Store Units.
The transfer stations of the system are called Exchange Stations. These transfer stations are the interface to other warehouse areas. They are used as picking stations accepting containers, or they function as an interface to a conveyor system or to the AMR.
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Intelligent fleet management software allows easy fleet control and quick changes
Our fleet control system KiSoft FCS and our KiSoft One logistics software let you control the Open Shuttle Store effortlessly. You can make changes to your processes and layout with just a few clicks. Have your requirements changed so that you now need more storage locations or more performance? Test your changes in advance using the KiSoft FCS digital twin. If the changes make sense, it’s a piece of cake to extend the Open Shuttle Store. You can add storage modules (Store Units) or robots (Store Bots). You can do this yourself. This way, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: Innovative automation technology and complete flexibility.
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The Open Shuttle Store is highly versatile
The robotic warehouse Open Shuttle Store can also be used as a buffer system, or as a goods-to-person system. The Exchange Stations connect the storage area with other work areas. From here, the AMR or a conveyor can transport the containers onwards.
As the system can be used flexibly, it’s also great for automating warehouse logistics where the system is small or has lower performance requirements.
With the Open Shuttle Store we now have an innovative warehouse solution that is scalable, adaptable, and above all quickly available. Would you like to automate your warehouse in next to no time? In that case, the Open Shuttle Store is the perfect solution for you.
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