Stacking the odds

MOST companies that operate large warehouses experience floor space problems - typically those with varied stock keeping units (SKUs).

MOST companies that operate large warehouses experience floor space problems – typically those with varied stock keeping units (SKUs).

They require accuracy of selection during the materials handling process but find it hard to reduce damage to product while maintaining multiple choice of picking (a ‘first-in first-out’ system or by selection).

Industrial Conveying (Aust) has developed a High Bay Stacker system to achieve these aims.

The company’s stacker solution is essentially a sortation system that efficiently can put as little as a single product into store, but for distribution can choose multiple products and dispatch.

It 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 can become much quicker, especially in the current economic environment where fuel is going up in price.

With this system an operator can ‘cube’ the load to get optimum usage in the truck space.

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.

According to Don Erskine, MD of Industrial Conveying, 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 extremely cost-effective regardless of how high or how low an altitude it is handling – the technology is scalable and cost efficient regardless.”

“ASRS suits general transport logistics services, the food and beverage processing industry, snack foods warehousing, general industrial warehouses and retail warehousing operations,” Erskine said.

In high-rise warehouses, RF guided ASRS stacker crane systems are the most effective way to store pallets because they can achieve far 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 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.

Industrial Conveying (Aust)

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