Several companies that operate large warehouses experience floor space problems, specifically those with varied stock keeping units (SKUs).
Industrial Conveying have developed a High Bay Stacker sortation system, which ensures high accuracy of selection during the materials handling process and reduces damage to the products, while maintaining multiple choice of picking (a ‘first-in first-out’ system or by selection).
The High Bay Stacker sortation system can put as little as a single product into store, but for distribution can choose multiple products and dispatch.
The High Bay Stacker sortation system fits into a distribution chain and logistics set up much better than a forklift system.
The High Bay Stacker sortation system combines with automatic truck loading systems for a pre-assembly of loads waiting for the next truck to arrive, which makes a positive difference to operating costs.
Loading becomes much quicker, especially in the current economic environment where fuel price is rising.
With the High Bay Stacker sortation system, an operator can cube the load to get optimum usage in the truck space. It provides the ability to be able to load B-Double trucks automatically.
Using a system of aisle-specific stacker cranes run by radio frequency (RF) technology to place or retrieve pallets at almost any height, its optimum work environment is in the handling of consistent pallets and multiple loads.
ASRS (automated stacking retrieval system), in conjunction with High Bay Warehousing, eliminates the cost of running a forklift fleet for such applications and increases the occupational health and safety levels in warehouses by almost eliminating human interaction with this moving equipment.
Stacker crane technology can reach much higher than the tynes of forklifts and will operate across a wide temperature and environment band to facilitate all types of industries, conditions and atmospheric variations.
Don Erskine, Managing Director of Industrial Conveying, said that the warehouses running on stacker cranes aren’t signalling the death knell for forklifts, but they do have a much better suitability in premises handling constant types of pallets and loads.
Stacker crane technology is configured to be cost-effective regardless of how high or how low an altitude it is handling.
ASRS is suitable for general transport logistics services, the food and beverage processing industry, snack foods warehousing, general industrial warehouses and retail warehousing operations.
In high-rise warehouses, RF guided ASRS stacker crane systems can be used to efficiently store pallets because they can achieve more efficient aisle movement, lift- and lower-times, and placement and retrieval than the human operated forklift.
Stacker units achieve their high efficiency and rates of accuracy through automated control systems that accurately and rapidly position them on their X and Y axes.
The stacker crane technology can be used in atmospheric conditions where heat and/or humidity are required in the warehousing environment all the way down the other end of the temperature scale where frozen products are being stored at -30°C.
The ASRS integrates easily with Industrial Conveying's suite of pallet dock loading and dispatch technologies which can be entirely automated or made to work in synchronicity with dock loading forklifts.