Schäfer Miniload Crane - Stroage and Retrieval Machine for totes, cartons and trays

Schaefer Miniload Crane

The Schaefer Miniload Crane (SMC) is the ideal storage-retrieval machine (SMC) for fully automated miniload logistics. The SMC enables the storage and picking of containers, cartons, and trays together with a higher throughput in the miniload system. The solution makes optimum use of the available space, even in small warehouses. At the same time, it also guarantees the safe storage of sensitive or valuable goods. Furthermore, the system can also be used for deep-freeze applications.

The diverse range of load handling devices means that there are almost no limits to shapes and surfaces of the goods to be stored or buffered. Together with the single or double-boom SMC, the load handling devices are optimally configured to match your requirements. The modular toolbox provides you with a customised configuration together with an optimum price-performance ratio.

The SMC is designed for quality and long service life, down to the very last screw. Innovation, customer feedback, and new energy-efficient techniques and options are but a few good reasons to constantly continue optimising the electro-mechanical design of the SMC.



The sophisticated design of the SMC focuses on maximum value for the customer. The consistent use of high quality steel guarantees a long service life together with excellent safety while keeping the cost down. Furthermore, the diagonal struts on the boom provide low weight, high dynamics, and a high throughput. In addition, the travelling unit with steel rails and the proven Omega drive is specifically designed for high availability.

Because the SMC control system has been developed in-house, it can be configured to your specific requirements by adapting the acceleration and braking behavior, for example. As an alternative to SSI SCHAEFER’s WAMAS® warehouse management software, the SMC can also be controlled directly via the SAP Extended Warehouse Management system.

  • Optimised storage volume (multi-row storage possible)

  • Reliable picking of containers, cartons, and trays

  • Increased throughput for miniload systems

  • Can be configured to match the specific storage strategy thanks to the modular system

  • Safe storage of sensitive or valuable goods

With the Schäfer Miniload Crane (SMC), SSI SCHAEFER completely covers rack automation for totes, cartons, and trays and presents the ideal solution for maximum use of vertical storage while using very little floor space. Since there are a variety of load handling devices to choose from, there are almost no restrictions to the form and surface of the items to be stored or buffered.


Brochure Storage and retrieval machines EN

Brochure Storage and retrieval machines EN

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