Vanderlande Industries is currently exhibiting its new Quickstore Microshuttle an extension to the Quickstore range of shuttles, miniloads and load handling devices at LogiMAT 2012 (Stuttgart, Germany, 13 15 March). The Microshuttle is a cost-effective and energy-efficient solution for low- to medium-throughput applications in a broad range of industries. An important advantage of the Microshuttle is scalability: as throughput requirements increase, the system can be expanded with additional shuttles. The first Microshuttle system will be operational in the second half of 2012.
Principles of the Quickstore Microshuttle
The Quickstore Microshuttle is an automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and part of the Vanderlande Quickstore range of miniloads, shuttles and load-handling devices. Shuttles are not dedicated to one storage level but can move between different levels in the racking via a lift. Because of the freedom of movement of the shuttles, this type of system is referred to as a 'roaming shuttle'.
The shuttles have 'on-board energy' by the use of capacitors. This ensures that the shuttles can operate autonomously, without the need for power rails in the aisles. The Microshuttle system uses wireless communication.
Scalability and flexibility
Each Microshuttle system can grow with the business and throughput of the customer. For example a system with 12 levels can start with 2 shuttles, keeping the initial investment low. As throughput requirements increase, shuttles can be added individually until the maximum lift capacity is reached.
Cost-effective and energy-efficient
During the development of the Quickstore Microshuttle a lot of attention was paid to minimising weight. Design target was a lightweight, energy-efficient and especially cost-effective system. Energy-efficient operation is ensured by always using the optimum combination of motor performance, acceleration and speed.
High accessibility and availability
High accessibility and availability are two other benefits of a Quickstore Microshuttle system. Each location in the racking can always be reached manually because of the platforms in the racking with a distance of 2.5 meters each. If a shuttle needs service, it can easily be removed from the system while the other shuttles can take over the storage and retrieval, creating a highly redundant system with high availability.
Part of the Quickstore range of miniloads, shuttles and load handling devices
The Quickstore Microshuttle is part of the Vanderlande Quickstore range of miniloads, shuttles and load-handling devices. Vanderlande Industries has implemented automated storage and retrieval systems for more than 300 well-known companies. The broad Quickstore range always ensures the optimum storage solution for specific logistics challenges.