Automated Pallet Handling Solutions
Reduce manual labor and costly replenishment, picking, and retrieval processes with automated pallet handling systems
Automated pallet handling systems are practical solutions to reduce reliance on costly human and forklift travel when replenishing, picking, and retrieving full pallets and heavy loads.
These automated solutions work alongside your labor force to ensure improved fulfillment and order accuracy rates while reducing operational costs and labor dependency. Automated pallet handling systems also offer ergonomic and safety benefits because associates are required to transport fewer heavy loads manually. At the same time, operator-controlled forklift travel is reduced.
Vecna Robotics is an automated pallet handling solutions provider that offers best-in-class automation and orchestration technologies that enable humans and machines to collaborate in complex and dynamic environments. Their robotic solutions combine the cargo capacity capabilities of automated guided vehicles with the intelligence, safety benefits, and avoidance technology of autonomous mobile robots.
Vecna Robotics’ diverse line of solutions includes a co-bot pallet jack, autonomous fork truck, autonomous tugger, and autonomous pallet truck, each with an intuitive user interface and powered by their Pivotal operating system and Autonomy Stack technology.
Unit-Load AS/RS offers warehouses and distribution centers a high-density pallet storage system that can increase productivity by automating the storage and retrieval of pallets in a safe and ergonomic environment for workers. These systems significantly decrease cycle times and forklift travel, using technology for inventory management.
The primary advantage of utilizing a unit-load AS/RS is the rapid transport of pallets in and out of an optimized storage system that can be constructed in a facility from floor to ceiling with multiple levels.
Typically combined with deep lane storage, pallet shuttle systems can enhance a facility’s use of available space and storage density by improving the placement, loading, and retrieval of entire pallets. These shuttles provide efficient organization and flawless integration with warehouse logistics, including LIFO, FIFO, and hybrid inventory systems.
Pallet shuttle systems utilize purpose-designed racking that can be customized to fit the needs of each facility that can accommodate different numbers of pallet levels, bays, and pallet lane depths. These systems are fast, easy to use, and have a modern design that is simple to maintain.
Automated guided vehicles (AGVs) operate on a fixed and guided route within a facility, usually along embedded magnets or wires in the floor, without the need for an operator. They are typically utilized to move heavy loads or full pallets and can increase efficiency, decrease damage to products, and reduce reliance on human labor to transport products between two locations.
Automatic guided carts (AGCs) are very similar to AGVs. However, they are much smaller and typically carry smaller loads than AGVs. AGCs are more adaptable in environments with higher traffic levels because they have onboard sensors that allow them to stop, start, and adapt to their environments more nimbly than AGVs.
In the modern world of fulfillment solutions, there are many other varieties of automated pallet handling solutions. The proper solution for your operations should be determined by a data-driven approach to the type of orders, your storage profile, and your business needs.
Because there are so many options out there, sorting and finding the right choice to meet your needs may be challenging. We have the design and expertise to partner with you through the decision-making and implementation processes. Contact a Storage Solutions expert today to discuss the best practice to integrate these automation technologies into your operations.