Wednesday, September 9, 2020

New Terminal Features Space Age Robot Technology

Automatic Storage and Retrieval of Freight
Shipping News Feature

NORWAY – DSV Road and Solutions introduced space age technology at the height of the Covid-19 crisis at their new Vestby facility which is now operational. Since the end of May the logistics group has been consolidating operations from three other locations around Oslo to the 50,000 m2 facility which includes a 7,000 m2 mezzanine, and 4,700 m2 office and personnel facilities.

Vestby is one of the first DSV warehouses that is equipped with a robotic storage and retrieval system in addition to traditional racking and thus it is particularly suited to cater to e-commerce operations. Based on the initial experience with the automated storage system, DSV is already looking into the possibilities of installing similar storage and retrieval systems in a number of other buildings. Brian Winther Almind, Executive Vice President, Group Property, DSV Panalpina A/S, commented:

“With the automated storage system, we obtain increased storage density and flexibility. Combined with the more effective picking methods compared to traditional methods, we can provide our customers with more cost-efficient services.”

The new facility contains a 32,000 m2 warehouse and is built in accordance with the Breeam-NOR standard. DSV has worked with environmental and sustainability aspects through the entire process to ensure that the facility meets the standard required to obtain the desired certificate emphasising the facility’s environmental performance. Brian Winther Almind continued:

“In addition to the overall performance of the new facility, the power consumption used to operate the automated robotic storage and retrieval system is considerably lower than running a conventional picking and packing operation and thus adds positively to the environmental and sustainability aspects we have committed ourselves to.”

Photo: Robotics in action. Shot taken from a DSV video.