Automated case picking

Vanderlande’s automated case picking (ACP) systems provide the tools to outperform traditional order fulfillment methods. These improvements not only benefit distribution centres, but also the efficiency of the processes at work in stores. Vanderlande’s ACP design is setup to allow modular growth and ensures availability by utilising parallel activities.
The service levels of a supermarket are highly dependent on the quality and speed  of its replenishment systems. When the store orders a shipment from the  distribution centre, it is essential that the pallets are selected in the same sequence of product groups as the store’s layout. Before the pallets are stacked, the load forming logic software defines an optimal stacking pattern, with this product group sequence in mind.
It also defines stable pallets that are filled with maximum efficiency, so that the transport volume is minimised. The finished pallets will be wrapped and  transported to stores, where there will be no need for extra sortation and they  can be used immediately to fill the shelves.
The  Load Forming Logic (LFL) software ensures:
     
  • optimal  fill rates
  • lower  transportation costs
  • a  green solution, with less trucks needed for transportation
  • direct  shelf replenishment
  • improved  customer experience
  • lower  costs in store
  • a  distribution centre with the smallest footprint.
Robotic technology
In the automated distribution centre, a robot with a special mechanical gripper is used to take full layers of product from the pallet. The layers are then deposited on a conveyor system, where individual products are oriented correctly by a series of processes. Safe handling in the storage system is ensured by a 3D-measuring system that uses laser technology.
When building a new pallet, a robotic palletiser will stack products according to a pre-defined methodology. It is also able to handle products safely and in any direction. The software ensures that stacking patterns are stable and takes into account the maximum weight that can be put on top of each product.