Abstract: A method of storing and picking individual articles and/or packaging units in a storage system includes separating and transferring individual articles from incoming-load carriers and depalletizing and separating packaging units from incoming-load carriers. Individual articles, load carriers and packaging units are transported to a warehouse for intermediate storage of individual articles on or in load carriers and packaging units. Individual articles and packing units are picked at a picking area and the picked articles or packing units loaded onto order-load carriers. Individual articles, load carriers and packaging units are transported from the warehouse to the picking area. Load carriers are used only for the transportation and storage of non-conveyable individual articles or non-conveyable packing units and conveyable packaging units and wherein conveyable individual articles are transported and stored directly and without load carriers.
Abstract: A system and method are provided for unloading trays loaded with articles using a first supply conveyor on which trays to be unloaded are delivered. The trays include a frame with a peripheral raised edge and a base having at least one aperture and a transport plate for the articles, the transport trays being positioned on the base of the frame. A lowering device is provided for lowering the frame of the tray, substantially without vertical movement of the transport plate.
Abstract: Provided is a multistory parking garage comprising first and second laminated racks arranged to face each other in parallel, first and second warehousing stations arranged adjacent to one end side of each of those laminated racks and having waiting conveyors of the same number of stages as that of the shelves of the laminated racks, transfer shuttles interposed between the first and second laminated racks and between the first and second warehousing stations, a lifting system having first and second lifts for transferring cargoes to and from standby conveyors in the first and second warehousing stations, and a conveyor system for transferring cargoes to and from the first and second lifts. At the same level, the conveying direction of the standby conveyors of the first warehousing station and the conveying direction of the standby conveyors of the second warehousing station are opposite to each other.
Abstract: A transfer shuttle for transferring a load between a pair of multi-tier racks in an automatic warehouse has a traveling platform traveling between the multi-tier racks, extension and retraction mechanisms arranged at the front and rear of the traveling platform with a load mounting area of the platform sandwiched between the mechanisms, and end fingers arranged at opposite ends of a rail which, among the rails in the extension and retraction mechanism, has the largest movement range and is movable between a protruded position engageable with the load and a standby position. The rail also has an inner finger provided between the end fingers. With such an arrangement, the inner finger can push a load on the load mounting area of the transfer shuttle to convey the load to a position deeper in the multi-tier rack than positions achievable by conventional products.
Abstract: An automatic device and method for multi-layer stacking on a support with objects to be stacked in a predetermined spatial arrangement includes a control for determining a particular order and particular spatial positions of the objects to be stacked on the support, at least two conveying systems operable to transport the objects in the particular order, and at least two handling devices that take respective objects from a respective conveying system and displace the respective objects to the articular spatial positions, thereby forming a stack of the objects on the support.
Abstract: A grabber for automatically grabbing and placing packing units of different dimensions and configurations includes a frame with a support, a hold-down device and a stripper attached to the frame. The support supports a bottom portion of a respective packing unit, and is generally horizontally movable with respect to the frame. The hold-down device is downwardly movable toward the support to clamp the respective packing unit between the support and the hold-down device. The stripper is disposed above the support and is generally horizontally movable. The respective packing unit is substantially immobilized by the hold-down device and the stripper as the support is retracted.