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Cimcorp 3D ShuttleTM to challenge conventional warehouse automation

Cimcorp’s newest addition to its offering, the Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ to be introduced at LogiMAT and IMHX 2013, demonstrates the latest innovations in intralogistics automation. According to the manufacturer, the new full-scale robotic storage and retrieval solution for totes offers the ultimate in simplicity and efficiency, and is about to revolutionize goods-to-man order picking.

Designed especially for improving productivity in retail, foodservice and e-commerce distribution centres, the Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ is described as a simple, yet highly efficient and high-tech order picking automation solution. One of the major advantages of the system is that it enables – as the first in the world – the use of floor-based storage with no racking.

"The benefits of the Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ are twofold," says Cimcorp’s Sales Manager, Jarno Honkanen. "Operating in a ‘rack-free’ storage envelope with no space-wasting aisles, it allows superb flexibility as well as lower investment costs. In addition, the novel high-speed goods-to-man solution offers extremely high throughput rates and 100% sequencing, minimizing idle time."

One solution – up to 1,000 totes per hour
Instead of creating a complex retrieval system to answer the challenges of modern-day order picking, Cimcorp has aimed for simplicity. According to Honkanen, less equipment and simple-to-use solutions equal productivity, reliability and cost-efficiency. "The Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ disposes of the need for massive conveyor sequencers. Where others offer multiple machines to boost efficiency, Cimcorp can do it with just one automation solution," Honkanen says.

The Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ solution uses proven gantry robot technology, combined with a shuttle device to store and retrieve totes required for order fulfilment. It can retrieve up to 1,000 totes per hour from the storage area, and infeed capacities can exceed 5,000 totes per hour. "The Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ is fully scalable and can therefore be designed to meet the exact needs of each customer. It can take care of the entire operations of a distribution centre or, alternatively, it may operate as an ‘island of automation’ within a manual facility," explains Honkanen.

The key benefits of Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ include

High speed: up to 1000 totes/hour

Low investment costs

Excellent cost/storage capacity ratio

Optimum space utilization: no racking, no space-wasting aisles

High storage density

The Cimcorp 3D Shuttle™ will be exhibited at LogiMAT 2013 in Stuttgart, Germany, 19th-21st February (stand no. 475) and at IMHX 2013 in Birmingham, UK, 19th-22nd March (stand no. 17Q127).

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