How to identify potential improvements and meet challenges handling heavy, bulky pallets
One logistics center needs to handle deliveries to both end customers and store branches.
Handling heavy, bulky items manually places high demands on employees’ physical strength.
Handling heavy, bulky goods manually takes time, stalling the flow of goods.
Advantages of Flat Pack Picking, the Solution for Bulky Goods Picking
For safe planning, operation and expandability
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Pack patterns, newly calculated for each specific case forms the basis for assembling stable pallets with reduced volume.
Flat Pack Picking occupies minimal floor space in both new and existing warehouses.
The solution can be tailored to specific needs and expanded at any time.
Creates a more ergonomic, attractive working environment
Constant material flow and safe handling of heterogeneous items
Fully automated turnkey picking solution
The Flat Pack Picking Module’s hardware and software are designed for high performance, and SSI SCHAEFER is a single source supplier.
A Practical Design
Flat Pack Picking is a turnkey system for reliable, fully automated handling of a wide range of heterogeneous items – specially developed for the furniture industry. This order picking solution grew out of an initiative of SSI SCHAEFER specialists, who collaborated with a multinational furnishings company to realise it as commercially viable. In this environment, the Flat Pack Picking solution complements a high-bay warehouse, serving as an automatic pallet buffer for picking. Along the buffer aisle, four RO-BER FP150 series gantry robots do the picking, accessing A-items – which are provided statically – as well as B- and C- items – which are provided dynamically – within their action area. The gantry robots are equipped with multifunctional grippers that automatically adapt to both the dimensions of the items and the type of packaging by means of servo-motor-adjustable suction cups. The gantry robots and grippers were developed by RO-BER Industrieroboter GmbH, a subsidiary of SSI SCHAEFER. Vision technology, in combination with the WAMAS® logistics software, supports this process, allowing each picking robot to quickly identify the proper position of the requested item. Items up to 2.5 m in length and weighing more than 60 kg are safely picked up from the source pallet and transferred to the ready-to-use order pallet. The removal of intermediate layers is also fully automated. The stored SSI Pack Pattern Generator ensures a safe, optimized arrangement of the items on the order pallets, which are prepared for further processing via a buffer as part of the outbound process.