SSI SCHAEFER has delivered another fleet of WEASEL automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to fashion logistics service provider NextLevel Logistik® GmbH. The vehicles are being used in the picking area of a hanging goods warehouse.
This repeat order underlines the high degree of flexibility and cost-effectiveness that is an integral part of the barrier-free automation solution. It was just 18 months ago that NextLevel Logistik® GmbH commissioned a WEASEL fleet from SSI SCHAEFER for its headquarters in Eltmann, near Schweinfurt. This innovative internal fleet solution went on to pick up the “International Forklift of the Year“ (IFOY) award in the category “Intralogistics Solution” at CeMAT 2016 in Hanover.
The WEASEL has already more than proved its worth at Eltmann. “Whatever we have asked it to do, the system has impressed us with its reliability, efficiency and safety, which has led us to extend its application”, says NextLevel managing director Henrik Bugiel. “The wide choice of options to support flexible configuration of the transport vehicles and the very straightforward scalability of the solution were important criteria in our decision to choose this system.”
In a separate hall, the new WEASEL fleet supports the picking of hanging goods. The bodies have been fitted with special fixtures for transporting such goods. A fully automatic goods-in reading process is achieved by using RFID read tunnels for the automatic RFID bulk stock recording of the transported goods. With optical track guidance, the AGVs do not require any fixed system components. This facilitated the rapid implementation and seamless integration into the internal flow of goods. The new WEASEL fleet started work at the end of September 2016. “A flexible and modular transport solution that we were able to implement within a very short timescale”, concludes Bugiel. “We are very happy."