3D-MATRIX Solution®

With the innovative and patented 3D-MATRIX Solution®, SSI SCHAEFER offers a highly dynamic system solution for storing and picking containers, cartons, trays, layered trays and pallets. The unique ability to combine the elements offers you the highest flexibility.

3D-Matrix Solution

3D-MATRIX Solution®

Problems of conventional storage systems
Conventional storage systems are limited by the restricted number of lifts. This results in bottlenecks during storage and retrieval. As a consequence, the number of transfer spaces is restricted and the movement processes can only be decoupled along the horizontal and vertical axes to a limited extent.

However, increasing performance through the use of shuttles in the aisles creates major bottlenecks on the conveyor loops in the pre-zone. Sequencing is  required to overcome this and it is only possible through the use of additional, and subsequently installed, sequencing systems.

That is why we developed the 3D-MATRIX Solution®: with this patented solution, SSI SCHAEFER takes automated storage systems to a new level. The modular concept provides highly dynamic system solutions for storing and picking individual articles, cartons, layered trays and pallets.

The flexible and revolutionary innovation
The matrix consists of three key system components: Shuttle vehicles, lifts and conveying systems. The shuttle vehicles work on the x-axis in the depth of the storage channels. Lift systems provide vertical transport on the y-axis. The conveyor systems handle the horizontal transport on the z-axis and supply the goods directly to the connected picking or dispatch work stations. All movements which the transport devices perform within the storage facility are consistently separated on the x, y and z-axes. This enables them all to be carried out in parallel.

The 3D-MATRIX Solution® for storing, buffering and sequencing in one system

Due to the special design of the 3D-MATRIX Solution®, the storage cube is treated as a system that is open on all sides - this creates independent processes while avoiding bottlenecks at the same time. The 3D-MATRIX Solution® enables access to all items in the storage system and serves all connected goods-to-person workstations directly with the desired storage items. Wherever individual tasks are performed by employees, we attach great importance to ergonomics.

Due to the unrestricted accessibility during ongoing system operation, maintenance is very easy. The expansion stages can also be effortlessly integrated into the infrastructure of your existing warehouse management system.

The 3D-MATRIX Solution® offers the necessary flexibility especially for the e-commerce sector. This is primarily about the realization of scalable systems with a storage capacity of over 500,000 items. We dimension the respective storage capacity and performance of a system according to the upstream and downstream processes - with our solution we offer you exactly what the rapidly growing e-commerce market needs to process its business.

Benefit from a significant increase in efficiency, a solution that grows with you, and long-term investment security.

  • Highly dynamic system solution for storing and picking individual items, boxes, layered trays and pallets

  • Parallelization of processes by decoupling horizontal and vertical transport and feeding to work stations

  • Constant access to all items in stock with the same performance

  • Dynamics and high throughput without bottlenecks

  • ABC classification of the stored goods is not applicable

  • Advance buffering by transfer places

  • Full sequencing of orders

  • Individual access of the lifts to the transfer places

  • Modular, scalable and expandable solution

  • All components can be installed in any number and location, storage tanks can be flexibly expanded in length, width and height

  • Easier maintenance through easy accessibility during ongoing system operation


SSI SCHAEFER as general contractor for a highly dynamic SSI Navette warehouse

3D-MATRIX Solution® in practice

The automatic storage system in practice at Gebr. Heinemann

3D Matrix Solution® in Practice

Gebr. Heinemann has always been a modern company, therefore it was understandable that they did not opt for a classic storage and retrieval system or a conventional shuttle solution. Instead, the family-owned company decided to move forward with the future-proof recommendation of SSI SCHAEFER using a solution which combines both previously mentioned system.

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3D-Matrix Solution
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