January 22, 2009

Teamwork in automated load handling

By DC Velocity Staff

There always seemed to be a crowd watching the towering automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS) and the bright orange SmartCart automated guided carts showcased by Daifuku Co. Ltd. and its Jervis B. Webb subsidiary. The vertical pallet storage system included an input/output station, a storage retrieval machine, racks, and end-of-aisle controls. The magnetic-tape–guided SmartCarts quietly glided along pre-set paths to deliver and pick up pallets with almost ballet-like choreography.

To complete the cycle, Webb brought along its SmartLoader Model 3000 automatic trailer loading/unloading vehicle. The equipment quickly moved pallet loads between the AS/RS and a simulated truck trailer. SmartLoader now comes with scanning technology that enables pinpoint accuracy for floor and stacked loads.