Schaefer Carousel System

Maximum economy
1,000 picks per hour, 50% higher storage density, and a modular system concept make the Schaefer Carousel System your scalable and intelligent system solution for dynamic picking processes with high performance and the greatest economy.

The SCS is an outstanding solution for handling small parts along with medium to slow-moving products. These include pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, electronics components, media, food along with standardized and small parts.


  • Combined sorting and picking system

  • Goods-to-person picking system (low noise emissions)

  • Optimum space usage

  • Enormous increase in efficiency

  • Optimum material flow, shorter order processing times

  • Highly dynamic system with the smallest possible footprint

  • Zero-error picking

  • Consistent storage and retrieval performance regardless of the filling level (> dual actions/hour)

  • The gentlest product handling

  • Low energy consumption and wear

  • Excellent integration capabilities and compatibility

  • Innovative storage technology for significantly higher storage density

  • Real-time stock management

  • Expiry date monitoring

  • Batch tracking

  • The highest reliability and availability

The standard SCS consists of four rotating carousels, each with a decoupled automatic loading and unloading unit. The dense and space-saving shelf stocking enables a capacity of up to 6,000 containers for a standard system with four carousels.

Each system module is essentially an automated miniload system (AMS) based around the standard container. The available containers are manufactured in-house and can be divided into 8 different compartments. The containers also have a capacity of up to 25 kilograms. The storage locations are accessed by fully automated lifts with load handling devices.

Vertical and horizontal conveyor paths transport the containers to the storage locations in the four aisles and transfer them to the circulation-system’s integrated conveyor loop. This loop moves the containers to the picking locations. The resulting decoupling of the movements doubles the performance of the lift up alone in comparison to conventional intralogistics systems. In addition, re-supply procedures can be integrated seamlessly into the picking process without diminishing performance.

The consistent and ergonomic implementation of the goods-to-person principle is a key factor for the continuously high throughput and fatigue-free work. The clear user guidance confirms, guides, and checks every picking procedure using Pick by Light and Put to Light systems. The picking locations can be configured as Pick to Tote or Pick to Bucket systems.

These optimized procedures increase the picking rate of every employee to up to 1,000 picks per hour while reducing the error rate to almost zero.

The work station can carry out all essential warehouse functions: picking, incoming goods, returns processing, inventory management, and other article management tasks


Handling of small parts with medium to slow-moving products.

The SCS picking system

The SCS picking system increases the picking performance by a factor of 6 to 10 by a zero error rate at the same time. A multifunctional work station allows picking and storage operations to be concentrated in one place. In order to guarantee a 100% assignment all movements are monitored via optical sensors. The multifunctional workstations are designed not only for goods received and item picking but also for returned goods processing. The pick to bucket option allows it to pick and transfer the items via a belt conveyor to the order tote at a central filling point. For large, heavy or fragile items the SCS offers the pick to tote option. The number of items is displayed by a pick by light system. The destination is also displayed to the operator. The exchange of order totes is fully automatic.