Dematic introduces new automated storage and retrieval system

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Materials handling solutions business Dematic has launched RapidStore UL, a new automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) for fast, safe, efficient handling of unit loads like pallets.

Dematic introduces new automated storage and retrieval system
Dematic's new Rapidstore UL automated storage and retrieval system increases efficiency and decreases costs.

The RapidStore UL systems are available in a range of sizes and speeds to precisely match storage and handling requirements.

They are suitable for both new and existing facilities.

According to Dematic, RapidStore UL requires a much smaller building footprint to house the same number of pallets or unit loads compared with conventional storage systems and materials handling equipment, substantially reducing associated land, building and/or leasing costs.

Dematic says the system offers faster cycle times than manually-operated narrow aisle fork lifts and, with the ability to run 24/7, the fully-automated system greatly reduces labour and operating costs, providing an excellent return on investment.

RapidStore UL systems can handle loads up to 1,800kg in aisles only 200mm wider than the load. Systems can be up to 46m high, with throughput rates of up to 60 double cycles per hour depending on load weight, system height and aisle length.

Ideal for bulk reserve storage in fast-moving pallet and unit load handling operations, RapidStore UL can be tailored to the user's precise storage and handling requirements.

Whether it's putting away pallet load deliveries from suppliers in a retail warehouse or storing new unit loads straight off the end of a production line, Dematic says the system provides safe, accurate and accelerated handling in a compact area.

There are five models in the RapidStore UL family.

With lightweight single masts and operating speeds of up to 4m/second, the RapidStore UL1000 and UL1200 provide high-speed handling of loads of up to 1,200kg to 30m high.

For those who are seeking to replace forklifts in warehouses with existing rack, Dematic says the RapidStore UL1400 RF is the ideal option.

The UL1400 RF is equipped with rotating forks enabling pallets to be fully turned in the aisle for fast handling, and it can handle loads up to 1,360kg to 18m high.

The RapidStore UL1500 is capable of handling loads up to 1,500kg to 46m high. The UL1500 can also be modified for chiller and freezer operations, and may be fitted with an optional operator cabin.

For dense storage of large or heavy loads, the RapidStore UL1800 can handle loads up to 1,800kg to 33.5m high and can store pallets up to three deep.

Applications include archives, automotive and operations requiring the automated handling and storage of heavy unit loads.

From low cost, fixed-position pick-up and deposit (P&D) stations through to integrated pallet conveyors, transfer cars and monorail systems, Dematic can provide an efficient solution to transfer goods in and out of the RapidStore UL system, seamlessly linking receiving, manufacturing, quality control, put-away, palletising and despatch.

Expert configuration ensures material flow is closely managed, eliminating bottlenecks in a range of staging, buffering, loading and unloading applications, optimising system performance.

Dematic's location control software (LCS) interfaces with the user's warehouse management system or enterprise resource planning providing full system accountability.

Integrated IT systems provide precise machine control and real-time visualisation capability, with a user-friendly interface displaying operating status and full service diagnostics.

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