Press Release Summary:
Featuring multiple levels of AS/RS rack structure, carrier vehicles, buffer conveyors and software, Multishuttle provides product sequencing. Each level of rack structure includes input/output conveyor and carrier vehicle that travels horizontally to access loads stored in rack structure. Extraction device on each carrier vehicle accesses loads in rack. Load sequencing occurs as loads are retrieved in order required for order fulfillment function.
Original Press Release:
Dematic Multishuttle(TM) Optimizes Order Assembly
Scalable High Rate Staging System Provides Product Sequencing
Grand Rapids, Mich. (January 30, 2009) - Dematic, provider of automated logistics solutions, has introduced Multishuttle, a flexible Automated Storage and Retrieval (AS/RS) staging solution for applications that require dynamic, high rate, product sequencing to support order assembly, goods to the person picking, and pick face replenishment. The key attributes of Dematic's Multishuttle include high rate capacity, ability to accommodate load sequencing requirements, and adaptability to existing building layouts.
The Multishuttle system consists of multiple levels of AS/RS rack structure, carrier vehicles, buffer conveyors and software. Each level of the rack structure includes input/output conveyor and a carrier vehicle that travels horizontally to access loads stored in the rack structure, typically totes or trays. An extraction device on each carrier vehicle accesses the loads in the rack. Since there is a carrier vehicle captive in each aisle, on each level, ultra high throughput capacity is achieved. At the end of each aisle, a vertical lift is utilized to bring the load to the input/output conveyor. Load sequencing occurs as loads are retrieved in the order required for the order fulfillment function.
According to Ken Ruehrdanz, Dematic Market Development Manager, the Multishuttle solution is ideal for supplying product to piece pick order fulfillment modules or mixed pallet building operations. "The Multishuttle can also be utilized as a short term buffer storage system or a parts support system for production operations," said Ruerhrdanz. "The simplicity of the modular carrier vehicles allows high system uptime, system redundancy, and low power consumption."
About Dematic Corp. - Dematic Corp is the world's leading supplier of logistics automation solutions, systems and service. Dematic provides integrated material handling solutions that incorporate process improvements, material flow technologies, controls, and software to reduce operational costs, maximize productivity, and optimize supply chain performance.
For over 70 years, Dematic has proven to be a competent single source supplier that engineers, manufactures, implements and life cycle supports the core material handling technologies required to operate effective logistics solutions.
A global company with operations in 22 countries, Dematic's North American presence includes an engineering/manufacturing headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and 18 sales/engineering/service offices. Prior to adopting the Dematic name, the company was known as Rapistan. For more Dematic information, visit www.dematic.us