Stay ahead with Materials Handling Automation!

Materials Handling is undergoing an Automation Revolution.
Don’t get left behind!

Autonomous Lift Trucks (ALT’s)

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR’s)

Increased Goods Handling Ability and Safety

Robotic handling | Big Box | Automation
Automation Structure

Gain more competitive edge…

Simply put it’s the replacement of manually operated Mechanical Handling Equipment with robotic-operated machinery.

As more and more businesses embrace Industry 4.0 benchmarks, investment in automation and advanced technologies are at the forefront of the company’s strategic decisions. With a wide range of options available for the automation of warehouses, Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGV) remain one of the best investments to consider.
They come in two formats:

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robotic handling

Autonomous Lift Trucks (ALT’s):

These can be seen as direct replacements for the pallet trucks, stackers, reach trucks and very narrow aisle vehicles you presently use. They look very similar, and have the same functionality but they are operated by robotics. They navigate around the warehouse, locate stock, move it to another position etc, just as a human operator would but are controlled by software.

Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMR’s):

These are very different to their Lift Truck cousins. Automating and streamlining warehouse interzone transport they are intelligent individual robots engineered to move a diverse range of inventory payloads – on pallets, racks, cages or trolleys – amongst zones in a warehouse. They are dedicated platforms solely responsible for moving things around. They don’t lift or place stock, that’s left to the ALT’s, but they are lower cost alternatives and have a major role to play in the automation of a warehouse.

These are very different to their Lift Truck cousins. Automating and streamlining warehouse interzone transport they are intelligent individual robots engineered to move a diverse range of inventory payloads – on pallets, racks, cages or trolleys – amongst zones in a warehouse. They are dedicated platforms solely responsible for moving things around. They don’t lift or place stock, that’s left to the ALT’s, but they are lower cost alternatives and have a major role to play in the automation of a warehouse.

Building Layout and Efficiency

Why Robotic Handling?

Scalable, more efficient and easy to implement…

There are many reasons why you should invest in robotic handling for your intralogistics set up. Here are just a few main ones:

  • Similar Principle – Autonomous Lift trucks can look and operate in a very similar way to traditional mechanical handling equipment, they even come in similar sizes and configurations. Even the smaller Autonomous Mobile Robots perform similar functions. This means there isn’t the need to totally replace things like racking, aisle width etc. They collaborate with an existing warehouse, they don’t require a full replacement of it.
  • Increased Goods Handling Ability and Safety – One major benchmark that warehouse management look at is secure handling of loads and the safety of operators. By investing in AGV’s, with their precision handling and robust performance, your goods transfer and handling ability will be safer and faster.
  • Greater Efficiency – With more reliable and faster operations plus operational software integration into the warehouse management system, companies investing in AGV’s will have greater control over inventory and thus increase their operational efficiency.
  • Return on Investment – Over a period of time, using AGV’s will save you money in operating costs and manpower and give major employee benefits. They reduce damage to goods and give better day-to-day control of inventory. Break-even will come relatively quickly and a return will be made on investment over the lifetime of the vehicle.
  • Scalability – An AGV system also wins out when there is a need to scale up the operations after a few years. All that is required are additions to the fleet of trucks or robots, traffic management software looks after the increase in movements.
  • It is quite common for AGV’s to be compared with investment in fixed automation, for example, conveyor belts. Both are essentially used to transfer goods from one point in a warehouse to another. However, one major advantage of the AGV system is the ease of implementation. AGVs operate with an advanced navigation system, which maps the warehouse and simultaneously uses technology like cameras and lasers to move pallets etc. This means that there is no additional infrastructure or other requirements needed to implement an AGV system, keeping your existing warehouse and operations intact.
Design layout

Facility Designs

We use a well-established project process to build a picture of what to expect from a warehouse during periods of normal and peak-activity. This process takes into account the following:

Building/site size and dimensions

Warehouse technology & equipment selection – both manual & automated

Storage and stocking strategy including racking and shelving

Mechanical Handling Equipment access and use

Labour resource requirements, manning and workstations

The type of goods and/or materials that are being handled

Capital and operating budgets

Once the specification and the layout is approved we produce final CAD drawings that we, yourselves and any sub – contractors can work from. Changes to these can be easily incorporated throughout the installation process to overcome any issues that may arise.

The new XP15

A groundbreaking warehouse solution

The XP15, a unique automation tool for pallet transport now live and available in the UK from ourselves with demonstration available to prospective applications.

Experience a rapid 1-2 day installation, streamlined order processes (weeks to days), and advanced 2D navigation. Operate seamlessly with android or keyboard controls, handling up to 1.5 tonnes of pallets. Enhance safety, achieve cobot collaboration, support multiple drop-offs, and adapt to various bins.

Our customer-focused approach ensures flexibility tailored to your needs.