Scalable staging buffer works smarter, provides operational flexibility
Grand Rapids, MI - Dematic, supplier of logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, today announces it has recently completed numerous integrated system implementations utilizing the new Multishuttle staging buffer. The results are in. According to Multishuttle users, the performance attributes that provide the most significant impact to operations include:
o Increased throughput: 4-7 times greater than conventional storage systems
o High utilization: Feeds workstations with high rates to keep workers fully utilized
o Smaller footprint: Fewer aisles required to obtain same rate
o More layout options: Fits into overhead spaces, under/over obstructions, best cube utilization
o Precise sequencing: Presents loads to pick stations or palletizers in precise sequence
o Range of load types: Flex option accommodates multiple load sizes
o Energy efficient: Low voltage (24 volts) carrier uses less energy; quiet operating
o Redundancy with back-up: Identical carriers provide duplicate service; carriers are interchangeable
o Access to stock: Work platforms in the rack aisles allow manual back up picking
o Scalability: Add more carriers in future to provide more throughput; captive Multishuttle for high rates (1 Multishuttle per level) or roaming Multishuttle for low rates
Multishuttle is a flexible staging solution for applications that require dynamic product sequencing to support "goods to person" order fulfillment, pick face replenishment, palletizing, and production buffers. The Multishuttle system consists of multiple levels of rack structure, carrier vehicles, conveyor 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.
Ken Ruehrdanz, Distribution & Warehousing Marketing Manager, stated, "the Multishuttle solution is an all new way to assemble orders. It is the highly efficient engine that provides precise load sequencing at higher rates, in less space, with more operational flexibility". Multishuttle is ideal for supplying product to piece pick order fulfillment modules or mixed pallet building operations and can also be applied as a short term buffer storage system or as a parts support systems for production operations. The simplicity of the modular carrier vehicles allows high system uptime, system redundancy, low power consumption, and quiet operation.
Dematic is a global engineering company that provides a comprehensive range of intelligent warehouse logistics and materials handling solutions. With a global knowledge network of more than 4000 highly skilled logistics professionals, Dematic is able to provide customers with a unique perspective in world class materials handling solution design. Our commitment to research and development combined with manufacturing plants in the US, Europe, China and Australia ensures Dematic has the range and capability to provide reliable, flexible, cost effective solutions globally. Our successful track record has led to the development and implementation of more than 5000 integrated systems for a customer base that includes small, medium and large companies doing business in a variety of market sectors. Dematic generates a global business volume of around $1.2B.
For more information regarding Dematic, the Multishuttle and/or other products and services, visit www.dematic.us or call:
Distribution and Warehousing Marketing Manager
Vice President Marketing Communications