Live 50 square meters AutoStore demo showcases space-efficient modular system that can increase storage capacity by 400% for same footprint
Hatteland has unveiled the largest ever demonstration of its ultra-space-efficient, high-performance AutoStore® automated warehousing system at CeMAT 2016. Built around a 50 square meter grid and featuring six robots and two carousel ports, the live system will show visitors how AutoStore can store up to 400% more goods in the same space as a conventional warehouse, at the same time as improving retrieval times, reducing energy costs and improving security.
With over 100 systems implemented in 21 countries across five continents, AutoStore is the fastest growing automated material handling solution in the world. Because the system is modular, it can be scaled and optimised to meet the needs of existing storage requirements while providing a future-proofed platform for growth. Each system consists of five standardized modules – grid, robot, bin, workstation and controller – and each installation is tailored to suit the specific warehouse surroundings.
AutoStore’s grid-based structure optimises the use of available storage capacity by eliminating walking lanes, empty shelves and wasted space. Fast robots driving on the top of the grid access goods stored in the bins below. These are put-away, re-ordered, accessed and delivered to the workstation required, with the system self-optimising over time. Access to the inventory is guaranteed all the time as each port and robot work independently and can be serviced without shutting down the entire system.
Compatible with any warehouse management software (WMS), AutoStore can quickly access all inventory data with extreme precision and confidence – resulting in shipment accuracy close to 100% and picking rates multiplied several times per worker. As a fully automated, robot-based system AutoStore can help companies save energy by reducing lighting and heating requirements, while the fully closed environment in which the bins are unreachable from the outside world offers enhanced warehouse security.
Commenting on the AutoStore demonstration at CeMAT, Karl Johan Lier, Hatteland’s CEO and President, said: “With six robots and two carousel ports, this is the largest AutoStore demo we have ever showcased. Our aim is to make visitors appreciate the benefits our standardised modular system offers in terms of space efficiency, speed, stability and control. AutoStore can be built in any warehouse surrounding – even on a 50 x 50 feet stand – as it occupies only a ¼ of the footprint compared to traditional systems while significantly increasing storage capacity and speed”.