Dematic has signed a global agreement with AutoStore, which will enable Dematic to expand its omni-channel integrated product range with an ultra-high density storage and goods to person piece picking system to optimise order fulfilment and kitting. As a qualified system integrator, Dematic will design, configure, engineer, install and support AutoStore as a sub-system within an overall Dematic system or as a stand-alone piece picking system throughout the globe.
Including the AutoStore system in the Dematic portfolio creates more choices for customers to optimise order fulfilment, the company said. For example, if storage density is the most important consideration, the AutoStore system may be the most effective option.
With the AutoStore partnership, Dematic has the ability to provide scalable solutions that work across all elements of the dynamic order profiles and SKU velocities associated with e-commerce and omni-channel solutions. In addition, the Dematic iQ Warehouse Execution System (WES) will manage all functional areas of the operation including piece picking and the AutoStore system. This Dematic one-source provider capability ensures production and distribution operations employ a holistic integrated system that harmonises information and material flow from receiving to shipping.
What is AutoStore?
AutoStore is a modular piece picking system. It consists of five standard modules: robot, port or workstation, grid, bin and controller. The robots drive on the top of the grid to access inventory stored in the bins below. The bins are put away, retrieved and delivered to the ports or workstations as required.
When compared to conventional storage density, AutoStore can store up to four times more inventory in the same space. It can be installed in oddly shaped buildings, around pillars or on several levels and fills out the warehouse space potential to its maximum. The AutoStore infrastructure is independent of the building structure, and disassembly and relocation is feasible and cost effective.
AutoStore is an eco-friendly system. Overall power consumption is low, energy recovery occurs during bin lowering and robot braking. Ceiling lighting is not needed. It requires less space due to the compact structure.
AutoStore is built around the “goods-to-person” principle. The key benefits of goods-to-person include eliminating worker travel time to pick locations, picking productivity, omitting dedicated pick faces (no slotting, re-slotting, manual replenishment), product security/inventory accuracy, order processing speed, and order accuracy. AutoStore technology supports a quiet, clean environment with reduced fatigue factors. Workstations are designed for ergonomic operation.