Vanderlande launched its state-of-the-art ADAPTO system to the US market at MODEX 2016. The highly flexible storage, retrieval and transportation system was on display from 4 to 7 April at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta US.
Warehouses and distribution centres are facing an increasing number of challenges in enhancing service levels, generating higher productivity, optimising space utilisation and reducing operational costs. In addition, the rise of e-commerce has seen the demand for innovative, reliable warehouse solutions intensify.
Vanderlande highlighted the benefits of its ADAPTO system at the show, talking to visitors about how the company is proactively responding to these industry trends. ADAPTO has already proven its worth in the European market, with a number of sales to high-profile companies.
ADAPTO is also a European innovation award winner (presented by the VDI Society for Production and Logistics). It is a unique 3D, goods-to-person concept built on a modular configuration of racking, shuttles and lifts. ADAPTO comprises a racking structure with an integrated shuttle track system and multidirectional shuttles. Lifts allow these shuttles to move between all levels and exits/entries under the guidance of traffic control software.
In addition, it makes optimal use of available space within a warehouse and can be easily upgraded in the future to match changing business needs. It has been designed to ensure warehouse and distribution centre operations can meet the market demand for shorter lead times and different sized orders.
ADAPTO also delivers high levels of availability, because it is possible to retrieve products at all times from any part of the system. Maintenance activities can also be carried out while it is in operation. It is expected to be of particular interest to companies handling small parts, as well as e-commerce, food retail and fashion suppliers.
"We are delighted to be offering ADAPTO to the US market," says Vanderlande's President, WPP North America, James Cotton. "It has already been a success in Europe, and we are confident that companies in the US will also reap the benefits from such a revolutionary, goods-to-person concept."