AutoStore AS last week launched the newest version of its vertical bin lift in North America. The Nedre Vats, Norway-based company said the Bin Lift 2.0 will extend the reachability of the company’s warehouse inventory bins.
Founded in 1996, AutoStore specializes in robots and automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) for warehouses. The company said it has sold more than 850 systems in 45 countries.
Bin Lift 2.0 available in G2P and G2G
The newly redesigned Bin Lift offers enhanced performance with upgraded rollers, tracks, motor, and electronics, the company said. It is easier to assemble than the previous model and can be applied in two configurations:
- Grid-to-port (G2P)—in combination with the AutoStore SwingPort, the Bin Lift 2.0 provides an extension to the AutoStore grid and allows order picking to happen from a different floor.
- Grid-to-grid (G2G)—the new bin reachability creates a seamless connection between two independent AutoStore grids, optimizing performance in existing multi-level warehouse networks.
“Enabling a flexible utilization of space in the warehouse, while extending bin reachability, means customers require fewer square meters of floor space, ultimately reducing costs,” said Carlos Fernández, chief product officer at Autostore. “We currently offer this model in the U.S., Canada, China, and Japan – in addition to Europe, where the previous version was available.”
A quieter system
In addition to the U.S. and Canada, AutoStore said its new lift is being sold in China, Japan, and Europe.
Compared with the previous 1.1 model that was only available in Europe, Bin Lift 2.0 offers notable mechanical improvements and a better user experience, thanks to significant noise reduction, the company said.
“In the G2P configuration, the Bin Lift 2.0 significantly reduces the noise level for the operator at the port,” Fernández said. “The new motor, gear, and its new placement decreases sound intensity from 70dBA [Decibel A Scale] to 60dBA, improving the user experience significantly.”
The company, which is owned by Teradyne Inc., has offices in Olso, Norway, as well as the U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Austria, South Korea, and Japan.