Shuttle System

Shuttle System

Automated shuttle storage solution for boxes and small products

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Automated shuttle system for high throughput distribution centres

The Shuttle System is an automated storage solution for boxes that speeds up order picking, ensuring a constant flow of products from the warehouse slots to the pick stations.

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Advantages

More agility in order prep and increased storage capacity

This solution increases storage density and picking speed, boosting productivity.

  • Continuous flows and operations (24/7).
  • Fully automated storage system for boxes, bins, totes and small parts.
  • Maximum speed in goods entry and exit operations.
  • High number of movements per hour.
  • Perpetual inventory (in real time) thanks to the Easy WMS warehouse management system.
  • Modular and scalable system: can be expanded according to logistics needs.
  • Optimization of available surface area to provide greater storage capacity.
  • Adaptable to different unit loads (plastic totes, cardboard boxes, metal trays) of multiple sizes.
  • Easy maintenance without the need to completely stop warehouse operations.
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Applications

Intensive, more efficient picking for all types of companies

The Shuttle System is suitable for companies in any industry. It’s especially advantageous for those that house many small products in a limited space and need to enhance order picking productivity in their logistics facilities. Moreover, this system facilitates the consolidation and sequencing of prepared orders and the supply of materials to production lines.

  • Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies: small products in a reduced space and at a controlled temperature.
  • Spare parts and maintenance companies: plumbing, electrical, and distribution items for wholesalers.
  • Distribution companies: small-sized, high turnover products.
  • Buffer warehouse: the Shuttle System can act as a temporary storage area for certain products, such as goods needed for production lines.
  • Sorter operation: the warehouse organizes the products necessary for the preparation of a large number of orders at the same time.
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Operation

Continuous, safe movement of goods

The Shuttle System is specifically designed to facilitate the preparation of a large number of orders a day.

  • Step 1

    On each storage level, a transfer car (or motorised shuttle) extracts the boxes using telescopic forks (single- and double-deep). These forks adapt easily to the box sizes.

  • Step 2

    The shuttles transport the boxes to the lifts located at the ends of the automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). The lifts then distribute the boxes between the different levels of the racks and the front of the AS/RS.

  • Step 3

    A circuit of box conveyors moves the products to the pick station. There, the operator consults a screen for instructions from the WMS on how to prepare each order.

  • Step 4

    Once picking operations have been completed, the boxes can be sent back to the AS/RS, to another pick station, to a consolidation station, to a production line or to dispatch.

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Pick stations

Two possible picking systems for the same AS/RS

The Shuttle System is combined with pick stations where orders are prepared according to the goods to person method. The boxes are automatically sent to one of these two types of workstations:

  • Traditional pick station. This solution is ideal for sporadic order picking. It is based on a U-shaped conveyor system at the front of the AS/RS (with roller conveyors) or on one side (with belt conveyors). Operators pick the boxes they receive from the AS/RS and distribute them to the locations behind them. In this way, depending on the dimensions of the boxes, operators can prepare 60 to 120 order lines per hour for the same SKU.
  • Multi-order pick station. This also incorporates a U-shaped conveyor system. In this case, orders are prepared on one side of the operators (as opposed to behind them). There, they receive the boxes automatically (each box corresponds to an order made up of multiple SKUs). Operators remove the items from the boxes received from the AS/RS and sort them into each order. With this workstation, operators only have to turn 90° to prepare between 90 and 165 order lines per hour.
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Components

Multiple elements for extraordinary productivity gains

  • Racks

    Single- or double-deep, they can reach 20 m tall and 100 m long.

  • Lifts

    They move the boxes to the racking level where they will be stored.

  • Conveyors

    They transport the boxes to the racks, where the lift is located, or to the pick stations.

  • Shuttle

    Each storage level has a shuttle that extracts the boxes from their locations via telescopic forks. These forks are capable of adapting to the dimensions of the loads and their single- or double-deep position.

  • Warehouse management system (WMS)

    This software governs the Shuttle System for boxes and distributes the goods according to their level of demand. Control software directs the movement of the motorised shuttles to streamline storage and order picking tasks.

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Technical data

Max. AS/RS height 20 m
Max. AS/RS length 100 m
Max. box weight 50 kg
Rack types Single-, double- and triple-deep
Shuttle speed Up to 4 m/s
Shuttle acceleration Up to 4 m/s2
AS/RS temperature From 0 to 40 °C
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