Automated picking systems improve performance and quality

In automatic picking areas, automated picking systems take care of order processing. Automatic picking is particularly effective in high-performance applications or when consistent quality and performance are required over long periods of time. The Central Belt System is an all-in-one, automatic picking solution that is well suited for distribution centers experiencing pronounced peak loads. The KNAPP-Store is an innovative storage and picking system that can be used along the entire pharmaceutical supply chain, whether in wholesale or for online pharmacies. Apostore brings the pharmacy of the future to life today. The intelligent automated pharmacy dispensing system gives pharmacists more time to consult with customers and increases economic efficiency.

Automatic, high-performance picking: Central Belt System

The Central Belt System is a comprehensive solution for distribution centers that provides rapid, automatic picking of items with defined characteristics and inventory turnover rates. This includes in particular items typical in the pharmaceutical wholesaling and cosmetics sectors. This is a proven solution that not only increases productivity, but also throughput and picking performance, all in a relatively small space. The Central Belt System mitigates the effects of peak workloads, makes efficient use of the off-peak periods and allows important resources to be put to best use.

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Three great reasons to choose a Central Belt System

By combining the Central Belt System with different automated picking machines, such as the fast-mover picking machine (SDA), transfer stations, and tailor-made software, we offer a modern system for automatic order fulfillment – all from a single source.

Experience
• 35 years of experience in central belt technology
• Inventor of the A-frame autopicker
Flexibility
• High modularity and scalability
• Adaptable in terms of space, performance and investment
Productivity
• Mitigates peak loads
• Efficient use of off-peak periods
• Sensible use of resources

Novaltia counts on fully automatic picking system

Spanish pharmaceutical wholesaler Novaltia and the KNAPP group are connected through a successful partnership of many years standing. Headquartered in Zaragoza, Novaltia operates four distribution centers and delivers to around 1,000 pharmacies.

We use central belt technology in all our distribution centers, using different automated picking machines for different groups of items. This gives us the high throughput we want, provides rapid order fulfillment for our fast- and medium-moving products and speeds up delivery to our customers.

Portrait von Fernando Castillo, CEO bei Novaltia, einem Healthcare-Kunden
Fernando Castillo
CEO Novaltia

Automated picking machines – Intelligently integrated

View of a Central Belt System at pharmaceutical wholesaler Sanacorp. A KNAPP-Store is integrated in the central belt system. KNAPP-Store is an automated picking system which stores medicines on a single item basis. The KNAPP-Store is well suited to use in pharmaceutical wholesale and enables seamless traceability and Track & Trace, for example.

Central Belt System + KNAPP-Store

Rapid fulfillment. The integration of the KNAPP-Store into the Central Belt System greatly reduces the order transit time through the warehouse.

Close-up view of the Vision Central Belt system’s image recognition. Vision Central Belt checks each individual article in the area around the transfer station and records any distinct security features such as serial number, lot information, date mark, etc. In doing so it not only fulfils the applicable statutory obligations, such as GDP or DSCSA, it also boosts efficiency and quality.

Central Belt System + Vision Central Belt

Everything checks out. In addition to the Vision Central Belt for image recognition and processing, a 100 % check can also be incorporated in the automated picking area.

Smart automation for single items with the KNAPP-Store

The KNAPP-Store is a sophisticated and innovative system for storing and picking single items. It covers everything from automatic goods-in and space-effective storage to automated processes and modern stock management – all while keeping investment and storage location costs low. The KNAPP-Store is especially suitable for use in the pharma supply chain, for example in wholesale or for online pharmacies. A range of different items can be easily stored in minimal space in the KNAPP-Store, with the added plus of lot and serial number tracking.

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3 great reasons to opt for the KNAPP-Store

The KNAPP-Store is an efficient and safe automation solution for handling a wide range of products. It provides the highest storage density where space is limited and has many different applications.

Flexible design
• Precise item handling
• High system availability
• Scalable rack line system
Broad item range
• Perfect for medium- and slow-moving items, returned items, special items, cans, pots and cold-storage products
• Direct access to all items
• Identification with modern image recognition technology using iScan 3.0
Easy integration
• Full software integration with automatic serial number tracking and Track & Trace
• Multiple integration variants available

Mail-order pharmacy apotal.de relies on KNAPP-Store

Apotal.de is one of the pioneers in mail-order pharmacy in Germany focusing on the home delivery of mail-order medicines. Through the mail-order pharmacy’s online portal apotal.de, customers receive both prescription and non-prescription medicines as well as natural medicines and health products comfortably delivered right to their door. Henning Fichter, procurator of the Bad Apotheke, provides insight.

KNAPP-Store

We decided to work with KNAPP, because their KNAPP-Store and its many possibilities convinced us. The system relieves the employees of many peripheral and complex processes that take place in the warehouse. Furthermore, in the KNAPP-Store, we can easily store more of the smallest quantities – C-articles, for example. The KNAPP-Store fills the gaps left by other processes that we previously handled manually. Also, the new system is an investment for the future.

Henning Fichter, Prokurist der Bad Apotheke sitzt an einem Tisch
Henning Fichter
Procurator of the apotal.de

The perfect combination for a zero defect warehouse

Close-up view of medicine packaging on a central belt conveyor. The SDA fast-mover autopicker ejects fast-moving medicines onto the central belt conveyor. The fast-mover autopicker is well suited to pharmaceutical wholesale.

KNAPP-Store + Central Belt System

Time saver. By combining the KNAPP-Store with our Central Belt System, customer orders can be fulfilled faster, thereby reducing the transit time of the orders in the warehouse.

Close-up view of the Vision Item Check’s scanner. Thanks to its high-performance camera, it is ideal for special check stations downstream of automatic picking areas, for example. Vision Item Check can capture and process information such as security features, lot information, or the date mark (DM) from 1D and 2D codes.

KNAPP-Store + iScan 3.0

In the wink of an eye. The KNAPP-Store combined with the modern iScan image recognition system is the perfect match for checking not only national drug codes and data matrix codes, but also printed expiry dates and lot numbers as early as during goods-in.

Logistics operator holds a smartphone for analyzing logistics KPIs with the KiSoft Analytics software. Various dashboards and data can be seen. KiSoft Analytics helps him keep track of the processes so he can make the right decisions for the warehouse and supply chain.

KNAPP-Store + software

Everything under control. The KNAPP-Store has a special control software, making monitoring the item features with precision easy. Items with a specific expiry date, lot or serial number can be retrieved at the touch of a button.

APOSTORE dispensing systems

Flexible and easily expanded: APOSTORE dispensing systems can be precisely configured to the available space and the storage and throughput capacities. When the time comes, they can be expanded as needed. You don’t get just any solution, you get the solution that is just right for your requirements. Our software, fully automatic storage and automated cleaning modules can raise the level of automation in your pharmacy to an even higher degree.

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Apostore Cube

3 great reasons to choose an APOSTORE dispensing system

The APOSTORE family of dispensers comes out of more than 30 years of development and is geared towards the requirements of today’s modern pharmacy. They deliver precision innovation that is just right for your requirements.

Smart
● Rapid and intelligent options for storage
● Very high level of automation with gripper technology
● Few moving parts generate little to no heat
● When not in use, Greenline Technology decreases energy consumption
Durable
● Processing and use of high-quality industrial components
● Investment security through guaranteed supply of spare parts for 15 years
● General overhaul can be made during ongoing operation
● 400V system technology is gentle on the electronic motors
Customized
● Significantly greater storage capacity in the same space
● Dispenser can be located in the upper floor or below the ground floor
● Elimination of overstock in storage and basement rooms
● Makes modification of the pharmacy possible

More time to advise customers and a pleasantly quiet dispensing system

The Zürn pharmacy sees itself not just as a pharmacy, but also as a service provider who always reserves plenty of time to serve customers. When Stefan Zürn converted his pharmacy, he opted for an automatic dispensing system from Apostore. He was convinced that the A1000e was the right choice for the pharmacy because of its many installation types and space-effectiveness.

Beratungssituation in der Apotheke Weiz

Today, thanks to the Apostore, I can take time with my customers and provide them with personal as well as personable service.

Portrait von Stefan Zürn, Zürn Apotheke
Stefan Zürn
Owner, Apotheke Zürn

Intelligently integrated: Dispensing system suited to your requirements

Close-up view of medicine packaging on a central belt conveyor. The SDA fast-mover autopicker ejects fast-moving medicines onto the central belt conveyor. The fast-mover autopicker is well suited to pharmaceutical wholesale.

Dispensing system + feeder

Quickly stowed away. The feeder is a real partner when it comes to speeding up repetitive processes. The pharmacy team is freed from monotonous tasks that generate no value. With the feeder, you can fill your A1000, A2000/3000 or Cube+ faster and more reliably than ever.

Close-up view of the Vision Item Check’s scanner. Thanks to its high-performance camera, it is ideal for special check stations downstream of automatic picking areas, for example. Vision Item Check can capture and process information such as security features, lot information, or the date mark (DM) from 1D and 2D codes.

Dispensing system + iScan 3.0

At a glance. Apostore’s OCR recognition system reads the national drug code, the Data Matrix code as well as imprinted expiry dates and lot numbers in just one step.

Logistics operator holds a smartphone for analyzing logistics KPIs with the KiSoft Analytics software. Various dashboards and data can be seen. KiSoft Analytics helps him keep track of the processes so he can make the right decisions for the warehouse and supply chain.

Dispensing system + ApoScreens and digital solutions

A new era of showcasing. Our software helps you create digital posters and offers. The time for the display on the screen can be set for any length of time that suits the displayed content. This can be perfectly adapted to the daily business and therefore perfectly tailored to your customers.

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