Dematic, a supplier of intra-logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution centre, has introduced a new suite of solutions for receiving, storage, order fulfilment, buffer staging, packing and palletising. The continuous focus on innovation has created solutions that optimise manual processes in low volume operations as well as automated configurations for medium to high volume environments. Furthermore, the new suite of solutions is designed using a standardised and modular architecture to support rapid deployment, operational flexibility and expandability for the constantly changing world of omnichannel commerce.
Each Dematic solution is managed and controlled by Dematic iQ performance optimizing software. According to Ulf Henriksson, President and CEO of Dematic Group, "The software optimises operational processes from planning to order fulfilment and shipping within a single flexible, scalable and modular platform. It offers visibility and insight into system performance; intuitive dashboards operate on desktop computers, laptops and mobile devices." A built-in data layer sets the foundation for analytics and smarter decision making.
John Baysore, CEO Dematic North America stated, "We are excited to introduce innovative and enhanced solutions that offer operational improvement methods that can be applied in many configurations and capacities: small point solutions to large integrated systems and low to high throughput rates. These solutions are modular, flexible and scalable for smaller regional companies as well as large global corporations."
For receiving and storage applications, the new solutions include a Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGVS) that provides automated pallet storage. A new automated Satellite Shuttle offers deep lane pallet storage in a rack structure. The Multishuttle Flex is an automated buffer staging and sequencing system that accommodates cartons and totes of various sizes in a double deep multi-level rack structure.
For order fulfilment, the new solutions include RapidPut, a light or voice directed put/pack wall for order consolidation and order packing. MobilePick is an automated guided vehicle solution that is designed to transport totes/cartons to and from picking zones. To support fully automated piece picking applications, RapidPick XT, a robotic picking system, automatically transfers items from donor totes to order totes. RapidPick XT can also be utilized for kitting applications.
For mixed case pallet building applications, a new fully automated solution will be released later in 2015. AMCAP, which stands for Automated Mixed Case Palletising, is a high performance case palletising system designed to accommodate the growing need to assemble pallets that are ready for easy shelf restocking at the retail store. The solution is ideal for grocery retailers, beverage distributors and producers of consumable products. "The AMCAP solution allows an effective pallet unloading process at the pallet destination. This is accomplished using performance optimising software that strategically sequences and positions each case on the pallet for efficient store replenishment," said Ulf Henriksson.