IntraLogisteX exhibitor Geek+ has announced the global launch of its multi-level storage and retrieval system, the Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick. The solution uses Geek+’s X-series four-way shuttle robots to boost storage density while devoting the ground floor to picking operations entrusted to the flagship P800 robots.
On the upper levels of the warehouse, the four-way shuttles utilise every inch of vertical space for pallet storage and quick and flexible replenishment of the lower level. Below them, picking robots move shelves, pallets, and racks containing the most in-demand goods. Businesses can easily add or remove robots from the system according to business fluctuations, seamlessly expanding storage to fit demand. Existing infrastructure such as conveyor belts, robotic arms, or automatic lifts can be integrated into the system for receiving and/or distributing goods.
Geek+’s four-way shuttle solution completes the company’s comprehensive high-density solution offering, following the launch of ultra-fast goods-to-person solution PopPick at the end of 2021 and the award-winning 8m-tall micro-fulfilment solution RoboShuttle launched in first half of that year.
Compared with manual warehouses that use beam racks for storage and shipment, the four-way shuttle racks provides higher and denser storage spaces without compromising worker safety. On the ground level, the P800 provides high-speed picking, and intelligent algorithms combined with quick full-pallet put-away improve the rationality of operations. Efficiency of both tote and piece picking is increased by two to three times.
The width of the four-way shuttle running main-aisle is only 1,250mm for standard pallets (1,200mm length x 1,000mm width), which is just 40% of the traditional forklift aisle. Extending racks to the tops of the available space under the warehouse roof, Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick takes storage capacity to more than five times that of traditional warehouses. Given that the solution is built upon the interaction of two flexible robots, it provides the ability to seamlessly connect different warehouse areas. Artificial intelligence automatically manages and carries out replenishment and storage relocation.
Given its power to transform the largest warehouses into dense and highly efficient storage and distribution facilities, Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick is an ideal solution to automate operations in retail, third-party logistics (3PL), manufacturing, cold chain, and pharmaceutical distribution, among many other industries.