Schaefer Systems International have introduced their own version of the Satellite System, known as the Orbiter, for high density storage solutions. The Orbiter uses a unique power technology and incorporates new safety concepts.
Setting new standards for satellite solutions, the Schaefer Orbiter System (SOS) uses a new concept for storage and transporting the unit, which consists of the satellite with docking station. This considerably increases the efficiency and performance, as well as the safety operation of the satellite storage concept.
According to Mr Alan Clark, Managing Director, SSI Schaefer Australasia, the Orbiter and docking station are designed for high density storage solutions using any type of material handling equipment.
When the Orbiter is required to be located in a specific channel, the fork-lift picks up the docking station with the Orbiter, and locates it in the front centring console of the rack face. The Docking Station is easy, safe and fast to use as it is fitted with fork pockets below the unit to avoid possible movement. Its location into the high visibility plastic guides, which provide up to 50mm operational clearance, can be with the same speed and safety as the location of pallets within the system even when operating at heights of 9-10m.
Fitted with high performance condensers and using an in rack integrated power supply, the Schaefer Orbiter System is a completely unique high density storage solution. By introducing an innovative power supply solution, SSI Schaefer’s engineers have designed the Orbiter to be recharged every time it enters the docking station. As power caps have a long life expectancy, it means the Orbiter can be used in deep freeze applications continuously, without loss of power or operational efficiency. As the system requires no battery change, the operational cycle time for pallet movements can be increased substantially.
The Schaefer Orbiter system can be used with any conventional fork lift and works in the storage channels independently, controlled by radio frequency using a remote control fixed in the cab of the fork lift operator. The satellite receives its commands via the remote control (complete with easy to understand icons).
All functions, such as storage, retrieval, inventory count and shuffle mode, etc. are controlled by the forklift driver and relayed to the to the Orbiter using RF technology, which carries out the command automatically and returns to the station after each procedure. Depending on the depth of each channel it is possible for one operative to handle multiple Orbiters, thus increasing the number of pallet cycles per fork lift truck.
By using the unique concept of an independent Docking Station, the Orbiter can be quickly located in the channel - the high visibility docking station provides warehouse operatives a fast yet simple visual identification of which channel the Orbiter is operational. It also acts as an additional safety device effectively blocking the aisle from personal access.