Category: AutoStore

AutoStore Bin Preparation

Just seen the video of AutoStore robot digging process.

Bin Preparation is a built in function for AutoStore, this feature aim to minimize waiting time for extraction.

If your order required a Bin that’s stacked 15 levels below, the digging process will repeat for 14 times before the required bin can be sent to preparation queue.

Depends on the grid size, for a 16 storey AutoStore Grid, this process could take 25 minutes.  I couldn’t say its good or bad, imagine mum asks me to collect something from 16 floors below, without telling me the exact position, I would need 1 day, perhaps.

The Automation & Information Technology has shaped the data-driven intralogistic solution we lived in, some may say 25 minutes is very long time – so, if the order could be given 1 hour earlier, the waiting time could be reduced.

Before watching the video, I have never thought about the clean up process.

Yes, we did the digging, there are 14 bins laying on top, who’s gonna clean up the mess?
AutoStore, of course have built another strategy, not only to avoid placing the bins on high traffic path, it has a built in function to clean up – by another robot.

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AutoStore

AutoStore is not the first solution I heard when I join Swisslog.
However, AutoStore is an interesting product, a product I would proudly introduce to my friends.

AutoStore is suitable for Semi-Automated warehouse for split case.
SKU arrived to warehouse in big carton size, or Pallet, brought to AutoStore workstation, split into smaller case, kept in the AutoStore Bin.

AS Storage

The Receiving Process is manual, we need an operator to perform the receiving, transfer of pallet from one place to another, split the bigger case into smaller case, and put into a standard sized Bin.

Upon success, Bin will be stored in the grid with automation.

AS Grid

These Bins will be stacked – it can be multi level high, on a flat floor.
Who perform the storage and retrieval? The AutoStore Robots.  They will will travel on top of the grid, they manage the digging and transportation of the Bins.

The Bins, can be stacked up to 16, or even 24 level high.
The AutoStore blackbox (which kept all the complex, graphical calculation & storage algorithms) will allocate / find the right Bin, calculate the pathway, and transport to the destination workstation.

The storage, the retrieval, is accurate & automatic.
I am not a mathematician, from a layman perspective, these transportation path will be more complex if we have odd shaped warehouse, blocked path, or increasing number of robots.

AS Grid2

Advanced Algorithm – beyond comprehension – intelligent – it is a different concept and soon will emerge as a strong concept in warehousing industry.