One-level and multi-level shuttles for pallets, trays, cartons & bins
SSI Schaefer shuttle systems are used when quick material transport and short access times are required. They are also a crucial component of a cost-optimized logistics chain. Flexibility with regard to capacity and high performance of the shuttle systems is essential.
The task: Optimal warehouse consolidation, fast access and optimized ROI combined with reliable and flexible technology.
The solution: Compared to miniload and common storage - retrieval machines, shuttle systems consist of flexible vehicles to transport individual units in a channel storage system. The vehicle travels on rails, but independent of the rack structure on storage levels.
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Why are shuttle systems important for dynamic markets?
Changing market structures and fluctuating consumer behavior pose major challenges for internal material transport solutions. This applies to B2C as well as to B2B. The focus is on performance and reliable technology.
A characteristic of E-commerce and mail order trade is the increased number of A-, B- and C-items with a fast changing range of products. Access and turnover of the items are different in every industry. On the other hand, the merchandise must be separated for picking at goods-out. The technologies and processes pose major challenges for the entire warehouse logistics and must be perfectly coordinated.
Companies opting for a multi-channel strategy have to react flexibly to cyclical, seasonal and changing product ranges and trends in each sales channel. Flexible, scalable systems for optimal handling of load carriers such as bins, cartons and trays are required.
The picking area plays a key role in an optimized logistics chain. Long distances and errors in manual picking are cost drivers and have to be eliminated if possible. Warehouse shuttles as pre-stage to the goods-to-person principle in picking perform several tasks.
Functionality of our warehouse shuttle systems in depth:
Multi-level shuttle Schaefer Lift&Run (SLR): pallet channel storage system
The Lift&Run shuttle system (SLR) is an especially economic solution for highly dynamic pallet handling in a channel storage system. The SLR storage device consisting of a transfer carriage and lifting device for the Schaefer Orbiter System (SOS), an extremely flexible load handling device.
Since it runs on two rails, it does not require any upper guide rails. It is also possible to use many such devices on top of each other in order to scale the SLR to customer-specific requirements. When stacked, the feed-in and retrieval of the pallets is done via vertical lifts. The SLR and lifts work together to form a system where the storage capacity can be effectively heightened and the efficiency of the logistic solution can be increased.
The multi-level shuttle Schaefer Tray System (STS): pallet layers on trays
The multi-level shuttle Schaefer Tray System (STS) for optimum storage of pallet layers in racks with minimal free space. The STS is a system that is used to store and pick individual packages.
For especially efficient use of the warehouse, several STS vehicles can be deployed above one another. Two load handling devices with a pulling device are installed on each vehicle. This results in very short load cycles and minimal free space is required in the rack. Typically the trays are allocated at transfer positions via STS lifts in the rack. Through the strategic arrangement of individual components which is reflected in the high performance, the warehousing system is dynamic, readily available and efficient.
Multi-level shuttle Navette: trays, bins, cartons
The flexible multi-level shuttle system ensures high performance and exact scalability The Navette increases efficiency in storing and picking trays, bins or carton in fully automatic warehouses. The shuttle and the respective overall system can be scaled precisely to the customer's requirements.
In connection with the 3D MATRIX Solution® , the Navette lifts connect the conveying system and individual Navette levels. The position and the number of lifts in the storage aisle can be freely chosen. The Navette can be integrated into the steel framework of the miniload rack aisles and can serve up to eight storage levels (two even in parallel) as individual component. A distinctive construction feature is the installation of two load handling devices one above the other, such as carton grippers.
In one load cycle, the Navette moves a total of four transport units simultaneously, serving storage locations on two storage levels in a single operating sequence. Unlike single-level shuttles, the Navette is able to operate in genuine double cycles. This minimizes travel times and doubles process efficiency.
One-level shuttle Cuby: bins and cartons
The Cuby is a one-level shuttle system for high availability and energy efficiency with an attractive price point. It consists of a rack, a lift, one Cuby shuttle per storage level, a shuttle crane at the back, maintenance platform and the control and warehouse management software.
The Cuby provides high availability by intelligent and efficient system components. The patent-pending and ingenious use of the support beam as a guide for the shuttle's load handling device is one of a kind. A scalable lifting system with double-story function ensures high performance and compact system layouts.