Geekplus Technology Co. announced the global launch of its multi-level storage and retrieval system this week.
The Beijing-based mobile robot maker said the Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick system uses Geek+’s X-series four-way shuttle robots to boost storage density while devoting the ground-floor picking operations to its P800 robots.
Founded in 2015, Geek+ has over 1,500 employees, with offices in Germany, the U.K., the U.S., Japan, South Korea, China, Hong Kong SAR, and Singapore. Last year, Interact Analytics named the company as the global market leader in autonomous mobile robots (AMRs).
Shuttles use vertical space
On the upper levels of the warehouse, the four-way shuttles use every inch of vertical space for pallet storage and quick and flexible replenishment of the lower level, said Geek+.
Below them, picking robots move shelves, pallets, and racks containing the most in-demand goods. Businesses can easily add or remove robots from the system according to business fluctuations, seamlessly expanding storage to fit demand, the company said.
Existing infrastructure such as conveyor belts, robotic arms, or automatic lifts can be integrated into the system for receiving and/or distributing goods.
“When it comes to getting the most out of the warehouse space available, traditional warehousing systems are no longer up to the task, said Kai Liu, Geek+ co-founder and vice president of picking and smart warehouse. “With Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick, businesses have the solution to tackle challenges like labor shortages and increasing costs of warehouse space and deliver the level of service their customers expect.”
Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick completes package
Geek+ said the four-way shuttle system completes its high-density storage offering, following the launch of its goods-to-person PopPick at the end of 2021 and the 8 m (26.2 ft.) tall micro-fulfillment RoboShuttle.
“Our approach has been to study our goods-to-person installations worldwide and conduct in-depth discussions with customers to further innovate in the space and develop the products that can fit their more complex needs,” Liu added. “Goods-to-person is just the tip of the iceberg for what AMRs can provide to warehouse logistics.”
More storage space than traditional systems
Compared with manual warehouses that use beam racks for storage and shipment, the four-way shuttle racks provide higher and denser storage spaces without compromising worker safety, according to Geek+. On the ground level, the P800 provides high-speed picking, and algorithms combined with quick full-pallet put-away improve the rationality of operations, it said.
The width of the four-way shuttle’s standard running track is only 1,250 mm (49 in.), which is just 40% of the traditional forklift aisle. Extending racks to the tops of the available space under the warehouse roof, Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick takes storage capacity to more than five times that of traditional warehouses, Geek+ claimed.
Given that the solution is built upon the interaction of two flexible robots, it provides the ability to seamlessly connect different warehouse areas, said the company.
Artificial intelligence automatically manages and carries out replenishment and storage relocation. Given its power to transform the largest warehouses into dense and highly efficient storage and distribution facilities, the Sky-Storage & Ground-Pick is an ideal solution to automate operations in retail, third-party logistics (3PL), manufacturing, cold chain, and pharmaceutical distribution, among many other industries, the company said.