Link 51, the UK manufacturer and designer of pallet racking, shelving and lockers, has confirmed that the launch of its new, automated Shuttle system at one of the country's biggest trade shows was a major success.
The Shuttle system, which features a number of unique patents, was launched at IMHX 2013 at the Birmingham NEC in March. Keith Evans, Link 51's Sales Director, said that there was a real positive buzz on the stand for the full four days, with visitors keen to find out more about the benefits of the Shuttle.
It puts Link 51, which had already installed the fully automated system at Toolbank in Kent, in a leading position for marketing the product, which is the latest addition to its already broad pallet racking and shelving portfolio.
"The show was a huge success," says Keith "It was an ideal event to launch our Shuttle system and the response was beyond our expectations."
"There was already huge interest in the Shuttle and the show brought many genuine enquiries from new and existing customers, as well as a high level of enquiries for new opportunities over the next 12 months."
Link 51's Shuttle technology has been manufactured by AutoSat, the world leader in the design of automatic storage systems. "This strategic partnership combines the expertise of two market leaders for the benefit of our customers," adds Keith.
"Link 51 brings the expertise in designing flexible supply chain solutions, with Autosat providing the proven technology, having manufactured more than 800 shuttles. Our expertise is also backed by the Whittan Group, of which Link 51 is part, which has significant experience installing Autosat Shuttle systems across Europe for major manufacturers."
Shuttle racking systems are well-suited for warehouses that store a large number of pallets per SKU, and especially those with high value SKUs. Operators can stack pallets with a weight of up to 1500kg much more quickly and easily, and have greater accessibility to densely-packed storage.
The Link 51 Shuttle works with both Euro and Standard pallets, and is activated by an operator via a remote control. Up to four shuttles can be operated at one time in different lanes, making it fast and efficient.
Keith explains: "Whilst there are other systems on the market, what differentiates our technology is that the Shuttle features a number of patented elements, including the infra-red sensor that controls the shuttle run whilst in the lane. It also has an anti-collision function, and can store and retrieve pallets of different lengths within the same lane."
Uniquely it also comes with a lightweight lithium battery. As opposed to other systems which use heavy lead batteries, the benefits of lithium are cost - reduced charge times so you don't need as many - and it will last up to 3 times longer."
"Shuttle systems will transform the bulk pallet storage market once the full benefits of having fully automated technology like this is realised and by using our technical experience and project management expertise we are well placed to lead the way," adds Keith.
The Shuttle racking system is the latest addition to Link 51's broad product portfolio and strengthens the company's position in offering customers the best solution for each storage requirement, be it traditional racking, shelving, mezzanines or a shuttle system.