Automated pallet warehouses consist of structures and fully automated materials handling and storage systems.
Activities and operations are managed by the Warehouse Management System (WMS) directly interfaced with the Company ERP. The implementation of automated material handling and storage systems reduces the use of traditional forklifts and errors with the increasing of productivity.
Racking and automated handling of pallets
Pallets are the most used load units for storing raw materials, components, finished products. Automated materials handling optimizes the storage, commissioning, and shipping processes specially in case of high throughput.
Automated pallet warehouses are the perfect solution to increase the efficiency of supply chain in terms of performance, accuracy and safety.
Pallet stacker cranes and conveyors
Stacker cranes are the most used automated machines to store and retrieve pallets. Stacker cranes move pallets in longitudinal and vertical directions up to a height of 40 metres, reaching the right position for the operations to/from the racks. Controls and WMS check the storage optimisations and the perfect execution of the operations.
Conveyor systems move the incoming pallets – once recognized by a barcode and checked by dimensions and weight - to the stacker cranes. Conveyors also transport pallets from the automated warehouse to the picking stations or shipping lines.
Furthermore, pallets can be rejected in a special line in case of errors regarding the size and weight of the load units.
Advantages of automated pallet warehouses
Thanks to their technical features, the automated pallet storage meets the market requirements for always higher quality and speed. In details the most important advantages are:
High speed and precision in operations for a performing supply chain;
Fully automated handling with error reduction;
Heights and floor area optimizations;
Processes continuity and increased productivity;
Full stock control and real-time inventory updates;
Customized and scalable solutions tailored to Customer needs.