Product Feature: AutoStore: The Cube Storage Pioneers

Product Feature: AutoStore: The Cube Storage Pioneers

Product Feature - AutoStore - The Cube Storage Pioneers

AutoStore is the cube storage pioneer reducing storage footprint by 75% when compared to other storage solutions. AutoStore eliminates walkways and shelving and utilizes the highest density ratio cube storage of any goods-to-person system. AutoStore consists of a modular, three-dimensional grid of self-supporting bins that are retrieved by robots and delivered to pick stations. The aluminum cubic grid system can be built around columns or pillars to accommodate user access. The robots travel across the top of the grid, by sophisticated algorithms allowing the robots to work independently or collaboratively, to retrieve bins based on the orders required by pickers. AutoStore delivers ultra-dense scalable storage solutions.

The Five Modules

THE GRID

An aluminum grid contains the bins symmetrically stacked while providing top-line tracks for the robots’ driving function. The grid can be designed to match a variety of unique building geometries including columns.

PORTS

Various types of workstations where the bins are utilized for picking and replenishing. (Relay Port, Carousel Port, Conveyor Ports)

BINS

Uniformly stacked bins hold inventory and support the bins above. Bins are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or polypropylene (PP-ESD) and can be 100% recycled into another form. Bins can be divided into 32 smaller compartments using bin partitions.

CONTROLLER

This is the mechanism that is the database command center and traffic control unit for the AutoStore system.

ROBOTS

Robots drive on the top of the grid to retrieve bins from top to bottom using gripper plates. All robots are wirelessly connected. The R5 will recharge as needed or when not in use. The B1 will replace its battery pack and continue working through the night.

The Red Line:

Powered by rechargeable batteries and operate autonomously on top of the Grid. Each Robot features a lift that allows it to pick and place Bins in the Grid. The control system sends orders wirelessly to the Robots, directing them to and from the Ports and ordering them to recharge whenever needed.

The Black Line:

The B1 is a high-speed Robot, featuring an internal cavity design. Able to accommodate taller Bin heights, accelerate faster, and reach higher driving speeds. The internal cavity design also allows for a smaller footprint per Robot further improving Robot trafficking and system performance. Battery packs are exchanged quickly for 24/7 operations.

AutoStore Is The Ultra-Dense Storage Solution

Space Reduction

The AutoStore system uses space to its full capacity. This is the future of warehousing. Goods come right to your employees, helping your business achieve speed and space efficiency you never thought possible.

Increased Effectiveness

One of the most desired benefits with AutoStore is the possibility to expand the system – without stopping the system. Performance is increased by simply adding robots or modules, growing your inventory capacity without losing operation.

Unbeaten Up-Time

The key to the modular system is no component has the power to create catastrophe. Robots are continuously self-diagnosing and reporting back to an intelligent notification system that preventively notifies if a unit needs care.

Flexible & Future Proof

One thing is sure: your business will change. AutoStore is designed to handle high levels of product intake, the working areas easily cope with seasonality or increases in product throughput, economically and efficiently.

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Product Feature OTTO: The Autonomous Mobile Robot

Product Feature OTTO: The Autonomous Mobile Robot

OTTO AMR

Increase Your Productivity Without Increasing Your Workforce

OTTO is more than just an autonomous mobile robot. OTTO works to reduce manual processes in production to deliver increased throughput productivity. OTTO does not require any tape, guides, or predefined paths to perform its functions.

How It Works

OTTO analyzes the environment and makes real-time decisions about its route depending on where it needs to go.OTTO is designed to quickly adapt to different tasks, floor-plans, and workflows in a few clicks. OTTO combines the flexibility of a person with the efficiency and reliability of automation.

Why OTTO?

Increase Your Facilities Throughput

OTTO adds reliability and cadence to your material flow, which improves availability and overall effectiveness of equipment and process.

Reclaim Unproductive Floor Space

OTTO enables you to reduce buffer size by making smaller, more frequent deliveries, which reduces WIP and on-hand inventory.

Standardize Manufacturing Excellence

The best processes in each facility can be shared with all facilities, distinguishing your brand with a world-class culture of innovation.

Meet OTTO 100: Small But Powerful

Primary function is to move bins, boxes, and other small parts.

Size and Weight

740 x 550 x 301 mm (29.1 x 22 x 12 in) 127 kg (280 lbs.)

Speed and Performance

Maximum Total Payload: 100 kg (220 lbs)

Maximum Speed: 2.0 m/s (4.47 mph)

Battery and Power System

Battery Run Time: 8 hrs

Managed Battery Charging: 24/7 continuous operation.

Automated brief visits to the charger.

Meet OTTO 1500!

Primary function is to move pallets, bins, racks, and other large parts.

Size and Weight

Dimensions: 1810 x 1190 x 400 mm (71 x 47 x 16 in)Mass: 525 kg (1157 lbs)

Speed and Performance

Maximum Total Payload: 1500 kg (3306 lbs)Maximum Speed: 2.0 m/s (4.47 mph)

Battery and Power System

Battery Run Time: 8 hrs

Managed Battery Charging: 24/7 continuous operation.

Automated brief visits to the charger.

 

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AutoStore: Reduce Costs, Increase Efficiency

AutoStore: Reduce Costs, Increase Efficiency

AutoStore: The Cube

In this demanding and ever-changing market, efficiency and cost reduction are keys to success. Ceiling lights, heating, and cooling a building consume large amounts of power, adding costs to your business.

This is where AutoStore’s unique design adapts to the cost reduction needs of your business. With high-density enhanced substantial utilization of a building’s footprint, wasteful air purification, heating, and cooling operations can be reduced.

AutoStore’s robots can operate without any lighting and will operate throughout the night to meet your demanding markets. AutoStore robots consume very little energy. In fact, a system with 10 robots will use the same about of energy as a vacuum cleaner!

The new B1 model (The Black Line) has a Battery Pack, allowing it to switch low batteries and work on a 24/7 basis. Both the R5 and B1 have regenerative energy functions that return power to the batteries each time a robot lowers a bin or reduces speed.

Not only can AutoStore reduce your costs, but their unique high-density design is the very definition of space efficiency as it delivers the highest storage density ratio of any AS/RS.

With AutoStore, you can achieve four times the storage capacity within the same footprint as with manual storage, and, in many cases, double the storage capacity compared to other goods-to-person systems. Their grid design is highly adaptable to any building, making space utilization the most optimum.

 

AutoStore Black Line: Performance Meets Production

AutoStore Black Line: Performance Meets Production

AutoStore Black Line

The world is changing. Technology advances, big data, and consumer expectations are driving the supply chain in real-time through advanced demand signaling. As a result, supply chains are rapidly changing.

AutoStore’s Black Line takes a different approach to increased demand. Unlike the Red Line that requires to port with a charging station, the B1 will never rest, not even for charging, the patented BattPack technology is the most innovative battery concept where the robot will pick up a fully charged battery whenever needed.

Not only does the Black Line never stop for charging, By having individual direct-drive motors in each wheelbase and removing the need for drive belts, the robot acceleration is 75% higher than that of R5. On average B1’s delivery performance is 20% higher than R5.

Performance meets production, taking a different approach to increased demand.

 

 

AutoStore Introduces: The Black Line

AutoStore Introduces: The Black Line

AutoStore Black Line Robots

PULSE Integration’s partner, AutoStore, recently released their newest version, the Black Line. This new line of modules is joining the AutoStore flagship Red Line and is designed for high demand systems. With revolutionary, uncompromising design throughout the line, they now offer Cube Storage Automation to users with very high throughput requirements.

The Black Line features the new B1 Robot, a slimmed-down, lighter robot with a Cavity design. The B1 is packed with innovative features including exchangeable BattPack™ Lithium-ion battery technology and Direct Drive Wheels. The cavity design is sleeker, using less space in an area where space is everything. It is almost half the size of the R5. The bin lift mechanism is mounted central and high to carry bins within the robot body. Utilizing the higher body and Cavity design, the B1 can carry and dig taller bins. With a top storage layer for digging and sorting, no bins block the grid, allowing for more sophisticated driving patterns and higher speeds.

B1 will never rest, not even for charging. Their patented BattPack technology is a state-of-the-art battery concept where the robot will pick up a fully charged battery whenever needed. The BattPack ejection tray can drop and pick up battery-units at BattPack stations placed around the grid.

By having individual direct-drive motors in each wheelbase and removing the need for drive belts, the robot acceleration is 75% higher than that of R5. On average B1’s delivery performance is 20% higher than R5.

About PULSE Integration, a WEPCO Company

PULSE Integration based in Pittston, PA, combines design expertise, seamless integration, and management transparency to our approach in small and large-scale supply chain solutions for manufacturing, 3PL, and retail marketplaces.