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Customised Stacking Bins Hatteland’s Fully Robotised AutoStore Systems
Schoeller Allibert, leader in returnable transit packaging (RTP) since 1959, is proud to announce a new partnership with Hatteland, inventor of the AutoStore cubical automated warehouse system.
“Our team is very proud to be working with Hatteland towards a more efficient and sustainable future in logistics,” said Ludo Gielen, Schoeller Allibert’s Chief Innovation Officer. “What we have designed fits perfectly with AutoStore’s innovative system, and handles the heavy workload without any issues. And our two companies are a perfect fit, too: two innovators with a savoir-faire between them, working in unison to find the best possible solutions for our common client’s needs.”
Schoeller Allibert does supply, in Europe and in the USA, 100% recyclable plastic bins, made from high-density polyethylene or anti-static polypropylene (ESD), for Hatteland’s fully robotised AutoStore system. The customised stacking bins are designed to seamlessly integrate into AutoStore’s aluminium framework.
Unlike traditional “from the side” warehouse order picking systems, AutoStore’s unique “from the top” robotised technique, combined with the stack’s constant reorganisation (to access bins at the bottom, the robot must first remove those above it), means that the top of the bin is subjected to far greater levels of manipulation and weight stress. Schoeller Allibert has therefore developed a more robust bin structure that will easily withstand this new working environment.
AutoStore robots can fill orders four times faster than manual order pickers, and the system only requires 25-50% of the surface area of conventional storage facilities. Its carbon footprint, too, is considerably greener: not only does it optimise warehouse space utilisation, saving on building and labour costs. It also consumes considerably less power (one robot uses less electricity than a vacuum cleaner).
JBT has redesigned its range of Automatic Guided Vehicle systems (AGVs) into standard modules, which can be combined to suit different applications, with the aim of simplifying AGV solutions and the way customers make purchases.
The modules include load handling, battery, controls, rear support and power (for either hydraulic or electric vehicles). This redesign means that JBT can quickly deliver a broad range of high value, low cost AGV solutions, where each application is matched with the appropriate level of automation.
"At JBT we are committed to reinventing the AGV industry, so each of the modules have been cost-reduced and optimised," explains Nicholas Bellwood, JBT's European director of AGV sales. "In doing so, we've also increased the reliability of the modules as each one has proven its effectiveness, so the vehicles don't need to be custom-designed for each project."
JBT is the world's largest supplier of AGVs and has been designing and manufacturing a range of systems from its UK headquarters in Leicester for over 26 years. These are now in use throughout the UK and Europe in leading packaging, production and food processing organisations.
JBT used its experience and leveraged patterns in AGV sales while implementing its redesign. In addition to the vehicle redesign, the company also updated its SGV Manager software by introducing a 3D mapping system to maximise system throughput.
"We wanted to take away the complexity and mystery from AGV systems," adds Bellwood. "The 3D map provides a real-time, virtual view of the AGVs at work, and allows users to pan or zoom the view to easily monitor and optimise the system.
"The software also allows users to easily navigate to other screens so, even if they only have a little training and experience, they can quickly interface with the system."
In addition to its standard vehicle types, JBT offers customised vehicles for unique applications. Simpler solutions can also be provided using only vehicles and excluding the SGV Manager software. This approach allows small companies, or those new to automation, to try AGVs. These simple solutions may be upgraded in the future as the system expands.
"AGV systems are extremely flexible and can be adapted to grow with an organisation. They can also relieve staff of simple repetitive tasks, so that their skills can be better utilised in other parts of the process, leading to a more steam-lined, cost-efficient operation. We typically see payback well within two years."
JBT will be displaying their AGV soluions at IntraLogisteX: Stand 199 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, 16 – 17 March www.jbtc-agv.com
Antalis Packaging To Showcase Latest Packaging Innovations At Foodex
Antalis Packaging is to exhibit its latest packaging solutions providing those in the food logistics sectors with bespoke solutions that improve their automation and efficiency.
The stand will include live demonstrations of the latest semi-automatic Lantech stretch wrapping machinery, and case erector systems; both of which aim to reduce pack/wrap times within a warehouse environment, crucial when dealing with perishable or refrigerated food goods.
Also on display with the stretch wrapper will be a weigh scale and printer, along with other examples of the equipment and materials included in Antalis Packaging’s extensive range of solutions which are relevant to various applications across primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
Key to Antalis’ service offering is the ability to provide bespoke, tailored product lines to fit the individual needs of a business, providing end-to-end solutions from void fill and case erectors/closer, through to pallet wrappers/weighing machines and stretch films.
Martin Styler, Sales Director at Antalis Packaging comments: “Within the food logistics industry, it is vital that both packaging consumables and machinery provide effective solutions matched to suit specific requirements, as well as meeting all relevant food legislation. By implementing automation into your packaging process, a more adaptable business model is possible, increasing efficiencies and reducing costs associated with damages and returns. Our various packaging experts on the stand will be available to discuss your current output, and advise where you can make improvements, speed up your packaging operation and increase overall productivity and profitability.”