Friday, February 8, 2019

New Upgraded Robot Technology Storage System Means Faster Supply Chain Throughput  

Latest Version Will Mesh with Existing Item Retrieval Offering

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Shipping News Feature US – EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – Atlanta based Dematic, a member of the German industrial truck and supply chain KION Group, is to offer AutoStore's new Black Line cube-storage solution, an upgraded version of that company's established Red Line system. The newly introduced high-density storage and retrieval system follows similar operating principles to its sibling but critically, incorporates significant design innovations that make it far faster and efficient at processing large order volumes.

Designed to be complementary systems capable of integration as a single solution, both the Red Line R5 and the new Black Line B1 robot can operate together on a new double-double grid system, making upgrades attractive.

Black Line brings together a number of technological advances, an ultra-compact robot design that retains the bin within its body, direct drive technology for faster acceleration, quick battery change for continuous uptime, an advanced double-double grid format for greater flexibility and ease of travel, a deeper bin size for carrying larger products and a new workstation concept for higher throughput capacity.

Presented to the market as an alternative to shuttle technology, the Black Line solution has a number of design advantages over its sister Red Line system including the use of Lithium-ion batteries and patented BattPackTM technology, which allows robots to pick up a fully charged battery whenever needed.

The B1 robot is almost half the size of the R5 and is designed to carry a bin within the body of the vehicle, saving cube space and making more room for other busy robots. The higher body cavity enables it to carry taller bins up to 425mm. With a top storage layer for digging and sorting, no bins block the grid, allowing for more sophisticated route planning and higher speeds.

The new double-double grid design includes double tracks in both X and Y direction, a significant advance over the single-double grid. Importantly, both R5 and B1 robots work on the new grid. The new design provides a highway for robots to cross each other, freeing movement and facilitating faster throughput.

To significantly increase throughput at workstations, a new concept, RelayPort, allows each picking module to be served by three to six buffer modules, with put positions accessible by robot from any direction. With six buffer modules a RelayPort can handle up to 650 bins per hour, if served by a B1 robot against up to 450 bins per hour with the R5. Daniel Aspin, Sales Lead at Dematic Northern Europe for AutoStore, says:

“Within the walls of the warehouse businesses are being challenged by two key constraints, space and speed of throughput. Black Line, with its fast robots, ultra-compact format and advanced technological design, offers those challenged businesses an efficient solution for meeting high throughput targets, and presents a very viable alternative to shuttle technology, where appropriate. Dematic has the ability to implement Black Line quickly, making productivity gains fast to achieve.”

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